Keiji Inafune announces KAIO: King of Pirates

Explore the seas in this pirate action RPG.

Keiji Inafune announced his first 3DS game during a press conference in Tokyo this morning. KAIO: King of Pirates is a multiplayer-supported action RPG, where players step into the body of a pirate penguin. It’s in development at Inafune-headed studio Intercept, in collaboration with Marvelous AQL.

Next to star penguin Sangokushi, over 300 characters–including other penguins, monkeys, dragons, and cows–will appear. According to Inafune, the game will have both drama and themes of friendship and betrayal. Kids will enjoy exploring the sea, but he hopes adults can enjoy it as well.

Inafune provided a summary of the story on the game’s official site:

“The story is set in the adventurous great ocean where heroes fight for their ambition, justice, and their lives,” he said. “You can expect a truly exciting gaming experience in this world.

“What I want [King of Pirates] to visualize is ‘human appeal’ itself. What is beyond the ‘right and wrong’ or the ‘good and bad’? What is waiting in the end? I truly hope you will join me in this adventure!”

King of Pirates is a planned trilogy, said Inafune. It’s out for 3DS in 2012.

See the debut trailer here. A set of images can be seen at the gallery.

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