Posted By Shaun K. about 3 months, 1 week ago
We have known that Level-5 has been working on something they deem their next major title for sometime now. At last that title stands revealed. WonderFlick is, not surprisingly, a turn-based RPG coming from Akihiro Hino (whose previous works include of course Dragon Quest VIII, Jeanne d’Arc, White Knight Chronicles, and a number of the Professor Layton games) and featuring designs from Nao Ikeda of Final Fantasy XII fame. Additionally, Final Fantasy composer and game music legend Nobuo Uematsu will be providing the soundtrack for the game as well. Clearly, Level-5 are not skimping on the talent for this one.
WonderFlick will be released on a wide variety of both console and handheld platforms and each version will have its own exclusive dungeon for players to enjoy. The title itself is a reference to the heavy use of touch-based gameplay featured and platforms without touch screens built-in will make use of a linked smartphone or tablet to fill the gap. Oddly enough, this extends to the PS4 version of the game as well and while WonderFlick will be available for the Vita, it does not appear players will be able to use the handheld system as a controller in this instance.
Character customization and what appears to be a classic class system both seem primed to be playing a big role in the game. Judging from the game’s first trailer, Dragon Quest fans will want to keep an eye on this one. Remarkably enough, save data can even be shared among versions of the game, although whether this is just to transfer characters or something more remains to be seen. Check out the first trailer for WonderFlick (including footage from the mobile version) below.
WonderFlick will be released in Japan in November for iOS and Android as a free-to-play title followed by versions for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One launching sometime in 2014. Note that this will mark the first time Level-5 has produced anything for Microsoft since the cancellation of True Fantasy Live Online in 2004. The fact that they are doing so makes the chances of a Western release for the game fairly good in my estimation, since otherwise I doubt they would be bothering with an Xbox One version. Count on Blistered Thumbs to stay on top of this game as more information becomes available and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.