Fruitbat Factory isn’t the most well-known studio around. In fact, they only have a few small titles under their belt, such as 99 Spirits and 100% Orange Juice. Even still, the games they have pumped out have all been fairly decent in quality and design. Thus, when the team announced today that they will be localizing Eiyuu Senki for PlayStation 3, most folks interested in the game breathed a sign of relief, knowing that the project is in capable hands.
For the unaware, Eiyuu Senki is a tactical RPG, similar in concept to games like Fire Emblem and Dragon Force, with an involved story that is filled with all kinds of narrative goodness such as love, honor and betrayal. The game’s official synopsis is as follows:
In a world where powerful nations run rampant and heroes battle one another for supremacy, the great nation of Britannia seeks to unite the world through peaceful means while the European Union has adopted an aggressive policy and the Seafaring Nation of Vinland thrives on pillage and plunder. Far in the east, the small nation of Zipang is stuck fast in a quagmire of civil unrest.
In the midst of all this, our memory-loss stricken main character has a fateful meeting with a Hero of Yamatai, Himiko. Together they settle Zipang’s internal disputes and set off into a world covered with the burning embers of war.
If that isn’t the backbone of a solid JRPG, we don’t know what is. At the very least, it should play to the usual tropes that fans have come to love (or maybe hate) about the genre. When talking with project lead Jakke Elonen, he commented on the localization endeavor:
As long-time fans of tactical RPGs we’re very excited to get to work on this title, which we’ve seen many fans wishing to be localized. We are aiming to release Eiyuu Senki simultaneously in North America and Europe, and will give more updates as they happen.
For a look at what Eiyuu Senki looks like, check the screenshots below. As of now, the game has no release date, but a 2014 launch window seems appropriate enough. As implied earlier, Eiyuu Senki is exclusive to Sony’s last-gen console.