Kadokawa Games announced tactics RPG God Wars: Beyond Time for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita during its fall media briefing today. It’s due out worldwide in 2016.
God Wars was initially announced last year as Project Code: Tsukiyomi. It’s a tactical RPG that depicts the conflicts and growth of the young leaders of ancient Japan. The game’s three nations include the “Sea Nation of Hyuuga Country,” “Forest Nation of Fuji Country,” and “Iron Nation of Izumo Country.” The game is a mix of Japanese folklore and fairy-tales, and the world is depicted in an anime-esque Yamato-e style. There will be over 30 jobs, 200 weapons, and 600 skills. The game features character designs by Love Plus character designer Mino Taro, monster designs by Sawaki Takeyasu, and narration by Japanese actor Shiro Sano.
Here’s Kadokawa’s official English description:
A history of Gods that no one knows.
A tactical RPG that depicts the conflict and surge of young heroes in ancient Japan.
An adventure that merges the world of Kojiki, Japan’s oldest history book, and the fairy-tales of Japanese folklore.
The amazing saga of mighty heroes who fought bravely against their fate and the wrath of the Gods, has now been revealed.
Here’s our translation of the Japanese information:
Long ago, there were three beautiful countries known as Fuji, Izumi, and Hyuuga. These were known as the Mizuho countries. People of the Mizuho countries were gentle and disliked fighting, and lived in peace and harmony with nature while honoring the ancestral spirits.
However, rice cultivation technology is born in the Mizuho countries, and when civilization begins using iron, people start to fight, nature begins getting destroyed, and the ancestral spirits start to be ignored.
Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and eruptions begin to occur all over the Mizuho countries. In order to prevent these disasters from destroying the world, Fuji queen Tsukuyomi offers her daughter Sakuya as a sacrifice to the crater. To further prepare for a new crisis, Sakuya’s younger sister Kaguya is imprisoned in a magical barrier. And Tsukuyomi disappeared somewhere.
After that, it was the 12th year. Kaguya’s childhood friend Kintaro takes advantage of the peasant uprising to rescue her from her prison. Going against the “Law of Sacrifice,” and in order to cut through fate with their own hands, the two escape Fuji. In order to understand the true intentions of Tsukuyomi, the two must go on a journey around the Mizuho countries.
■ Three Countries
The oldest kingdom, located in the center of Mt. Fuji. It exists to symbolize the motherhood of the Mizuho countries. The people here worship nature and ancestors as Gods. Above all, they show the most respect for Izanagi and Izanami as the Gods who created the Mizuho countries. Its ruler, Tuskuyomi, is a priestess with the ability to interact with the Gods of nature and Gods of the underworld.
The huge allied nation, located in the center of the Mizuho countries. Without foreign rule by force and the establishment of national unification, Izumo spreads its civil engineering and medical technology through trade. Its ruler, Susanoo, is a hero that once destroyed the eight-headed serpent, but is now working hard to rule as a good king entrusted with the political affairs of the country.
The most emerging of the three countries, located in the southern part of central Kyushu. While facing the ordeal of the Great Eruption of Kikai, its ruler Amaterasu has made the firm decision to expand to other countries in order to protect the people of Hyuuga.
■ Tactics RPG
This work uses a turn-based battle system that unfolds on a miniature garden-esque map. There are more than 30 jobs, over 200 weapons and armor, and more than 600 skills inspired by ancient Japan. Players can customize their jobs and skills, and organize a party while putting together a strategies to take on each stage.
■ Art Style
The myriad of Gods known by all will be expressed in an original point of view. The characters of Japanese mythology that remain in the hearts of the Japanese people are expressed beautifully in the anime styling of Mino Taro, crossed with the Yamato-e artwork of Sawaki Takeyasu.
Fuji queen Tsukuyomi’s third daughter and a priestess with a mighty hidden spiritual power. In preparation for Mt. Fuji’s next eruption, she is imprisoned by her mother in the Fuji Asama temple, but seeking freedom, escapes and goes on a journey to discover her mother’s true intentions.
The eldest son of Izumo king Susanoo. He is a handsome man who speaks eloquently, and rumors never cease of his romantic escapades. He is charmed by Kaguya and joins her on her journey.
The eldest son of Hyuuga king Amaterasu. He’s a hero of the generation, and accomplished in both the military and literary arts. As the ruler of the next generation, he has high expectations for himself. He’s brimming with ambition and is gifted with an excellent ability for taking action. He dreams of a nation with centralized authoritarian rule.
Kaguya’s sister. She was offered as a sacrifice in order to appease the Gods in the crater of Fuji 13 years ago.
A god that symbolizes Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture. It appears before Kaguya together with the rumbling of Aso. The behaviors of Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu, and Susanoo has incited anger in the Phoenix, who directs it towards Kaguya.
A god that symbolizes the mountain. When the mountain is disturbed, and the forests cut down, Okami becomes angry, loses its sanity, and turns into a cursed god.
- Director / Scenario / Original Work: Yoshimi Yasuda
- Character Design: Mino Taro
- Monster Design: Sawaki Takeyasu
- Composer: Nitta Takafumi
- Narrator: Shiro Sano
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first set of screenshots at the gallery. Visit the official website here.