NIS America has already lifted the lid on their new PlayStation 3 exclusive RPG, Last Rebellion , but that doesn't mean they're leaving the PS2 behind just yet.
Today, DailyGamesNews reports that NIS has announced Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy for the PS2. It's set to release "by the end of the year," but we have to assume that's a Japanese launch estimate. If you're at all familiar with the first Mana Khemia , you're familiar with the battle system and you can probably expect the gameplay to be similar, although the setting is a bit different. In this sequel, you "take control of two different characters, each with their own stories," and they'll be students at a magic school. The school setting is popular in JRPGs these days; just look at the Persona franchise. And of course, item creation will be a major focus of Fall of Alchemy , so all you inventive micromanagement types will "fall" into the ol' routine from the original with ease. Evidently, you can create over 1,000 different items using a variety of raw materials, and that isn't a small number. If you're one of many who are still waiting for a fresh influx of JRPGs, you needn't wait much longer; the past few days of NIS announcements ought to satisfy you.
We moderately enjoyed Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis , but it did have its faults. Here's hoping the team spruces up the sequel a bit.
Related Game(s): Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy