We often complain there just aren't anywhere near as many RPGs – especially JRPGs – this generation, at least so far as home consoles are concerned. And while two of the following are for the PSP and the other is a downloadable for the PS3 from the PSN, we're still happy they're coming.
Andriasang has turned us onto several new role-playing titles from Imageepoch: the first is Final Promise Story for the PSP. Produced by Yousuke Uda ( 7th Dragon , Etrian Odyssey , Persona 3 ) and featuring character designs from Chinatsu Kurahana and music composition from GainGauge, the game adopts a more advanced feature. Ala Heavy Rain , if a character dies, he or she is gone for good and the story changes accordingly. Imageepoch CEO Ryoei Mikage, the project's executive producer, said this is why the concept behind the game was "Lost Game." There is a teaser site available but it's in Japanese.
Next on the list is another PSP game called Black Rock Shooter . Imageepoch has announced it as the company's second title and it'll arrive on Sony's portable unit next summer. The year is 2051, 19 years after the eruption of war with aliens; mankind has exactly 12 people left, and they take one final stand against the invaders. You can check out the trailer through the link above; it looks like a promising handheld title. Last but certainly not least is the downloadable game for the PS3, Chevalier Saga Tactics , which you can see right here:
Now that's the kind of FFT-like game we've been missing! It'll actually debut on PCs as a free-to-play browser game on NHN's Han Game service in Japan, and the PS3 and SmartPhone releases will follow. Chevalier Saga Tactics is described as an "orthodox strategy game" set in Medieval times; we'll get a strategy mode (control a few units, as per tradition) and a "large scale battle mode," where you command entire armies in online play. It might even boast cross-platform play…
The best part? As TheMagicBox relates, all three of these games will be brought to North America and Europe thanks to NIS America. Sweeeeet.