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A new cross-platform game has been announced from the revolutionary JRPG studio that brought you Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The game features shared saves you can pull from any platform and classic RPG mechanics that helped put the developer on the map in the first place.
Gematsu picked up the news coming out of the press conference in Shinagawa, Japan, where the team not only announced that it would be new cross-platform JRPG but that it would be featuring music from legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu – who also recently signed on to be a part of the indie project Project Phoenix – as well as the striking art and character designs from Tokuzo Nagano, who is best known for his work on the unforgettable and highly popular Professor Layton, as well as Inazuma Eleven. Nagano will also be joined by Final Fantasy XIII's (no hatin') Nao Ikeda.
This isn't quite the dream team working on Project Phoenix but it's still a nice collaboration of top talent, nonetheless.
As far as the story goes, the press release notes that...
The player, “the fortunate one,” washes ashore in Grimnarth, a world that everyone dreamed of, yet no one has ever seen – an enormous land, scattered with dungeons and towns. A land where a monarch seeks aid in order to save his kingdom.
The game has already garnered some mixed reactions from gamers for a couple of reasons: 1) It looks like a mid-budget title, so hopes are not too high that this will be a very quality-ridden game. 2) Mobile is a priority for Level-5 and hardcore gamers hate mobile devices, enough said. 3.) This may or may not be localized, which means you better get acquainted with your local mod store and your local import mom and pop shop if you plan on getting this game in 2014.
Of course, much like other titles released by Level-5, it's not unlikely that Wonder Flick will get picked up by a North American publisher, whether it be Atlus, Namco Bandai, Marvelous or Xseed Games... it's not unlikely that one of the reliable ones will pick the game up.
You can check out a new video of the game in action below. I'm sure excitement will build for the game as 2014 draws closer. Besides, any new game announced that includes Wii U is a good thing... even if it's also coming to mobile devices.