Sometimes, it takes a while for certain Japanese developers to graduate to a new generation, especially when it comes to designers who specialize in JRPGs.
But we're starting to see more announcements for the PlayStation 3; for instance, we fully expect to see Nippon Ichi's new exclusive PS3 RPG unveiled later today (unless this is it, right here). A PS3 role-playing title has been discovered in the latest Famitsu edition, as pictured above, and a few sources have been trying to translate some of the information. Apparently, the game is called Trinity Universe and it's a joint venture between three JRPG kingpins: Idea Factory, Gust, and Nippon Ichi Software; hence, the "Trinity," we're guessing. As far as we can tell, it's not a 2D sprite-based graphical presentation, but a 3D dungeon crawler with two separate storylines featuring the Goddess and Devil King respectively. Gust took care of the Goddess plot and Nippon Ichi handled the Devil King, although the official developer for the game is listed as Idea Factory. The article further states that the team(s) are approximately 60% of the way through the design process, and the game has an estimated August release date in Japan. No word on when – or even if – it'll launch in other regions.
Well, we'd like to assume it's coming here at some point, and we're certainly interested to learn more about this three-pronged JRPG effort. If this is NIS's announcement, then Trinity Universe is definitely coming to the U.S. If not…well, we'll keep you updated either way.
Related Game(s): Trinity Universe