I don’t know if you were hoping to get nearly 15 minutes of Bandai Namco producers talking about Digmon Survive today, but that’s certainly what they did. To help kick off the festivities of the Digimon anime reaching its 20th Anniversary, producers Habu Kzaumasa and Tsuzuki Katsuaki dug deep into the past, present, and future of Digimon video games. Check out the dev diary below.
There is so much happening in this video. Kazumasa details his personal history with Digimon and shortly describes each game he’s had a hand in. He really provides a great commentary on how the Digimon games have Digivolved into what they’ve become today.
However, the more exciting portion of the diary is when the two producers jump into the upcoming Digimon Survive. Kazumasa talks about how the team is trying to build to something that will cater to both the hardcore and casual audiences. To do this, the team mashed up elements of old school tactical RPGs and adventure games. The devs hope this combo of gameplay styles will make the game more accessible for everyone.
Katsuaki talks about the two different parts of Digimon Survive‘s gameplay. The first, which he calls the “drama part”, is akin to a text adventure. You’ll be given a number of options and your choices will influence the story. The “battle part” is a standard tactical RPG; however, choices you make in the “drama part” will influence various conditions in these battles. You can also Digivolve your Digimon during battle. This lets you open up opportunities to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses and finish them off in quick order.
Digimon Survive is shaping up to be an intriguing take on the Digimon franchise. The game will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, or Xbox One in the future.
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