Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia was initially launched for Swap a couple of months in the past and it’s coming quickly to PS4.
To listen to extra about this sport, the growth to a brand new platform, and the developer’s plan for the longer term, Twinfinite interviewed producer and sport designer Kazuhiro Igarashi.
Igarashi-san talked extensively in regards to the reception to the sport and extra fascinating subjects, which you will discover beneath.
Giuseppe: The sport has been launched for Nintendo Swap fairly some time in the past. How did it do on Nintendo’s console?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: We now have acquired fairly a little bit of suggestions from many gamers who loved the sport, which makes us very completely satisfied. There are two varieties of suggestions I’d like to say.
One is suggestions relating to the enterprise aspect of issues as we’re seeing many gamers excited to have a contemporary entry into this area of interest style of video games after 20 years.
Gross sales inside Japan have been fairly good, and we’re hoping the PlayStation 4 launch will assist us attain much more individuals within the West.
The second is suggestions regarding the sport itself. We’re seeing constructive reactions with regard to this addition to the unusual style of nation conquest technique video games.
It’s been 20 years for the reason that final Brigandine sport, so this suggestions shall be an enormous assist in terms of future plans.
Giuseppe: Has there been any distinction between the reception of the sport in Japan and within the west? If sure, did you draw any conclusions from it?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: Sure, there was fairly a little bit of a distinction. The responses in Japan tended to be about how the sport was too tough, or requests to make it simpler to play, whereas suggestions from gamers within the West leaned extra towards requests to make the sport tougher or concepts on enhance sport technique.
Giuseppe: What decided the choice to increase to PS4?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: For video games corresponding to this, we consider it’s necessary to make them obtainable on as many platforms as doable with a purpose to improve total visibility for the sequence and style.
We had hoped for a simultaneous launch on a number of platforms. Though we have been unable to take action, we nonetheless consider you will need to proceed improvement for as many platforms as doable.
Giuseppe: Are you contemplating releasing the sport on next-generation consoles (PS5 or Xbox Sequence X/S) or possibly PC?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: Sure, that is one thing we’re contemplating. We’re at present discussing future updates for the platform variations already launched in addition to the opportunity of releases on different platforms.
Giuseppe: What have been the challenges of bringing again a franchise that has been dormant for thus lengthy?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: As a result of lengthy interval in between, we thought it finest to strategy this like we have been growing a brand new IP. The sport scene has developed a lot prior to now 20 years, so one of many largest issues we needed to contemplate was which issues to alter and which issues to maintain the identical.
We got here to the conclusion that Brigandine’s signature characteristic was the liberty the participant has in selecting their very own route. That’s the core of a nation conquest technique sport, so we spent plenty of time sharpening that component specifically.
Giuseppe: What variations can we count on between the PS4 and the Swap variations?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: There isn’t any distinction between the 2 variations of the sport, as a result of including further content material just for the PlayStation 4 model could be unfair to the followers who supported us by buying the sport for the Swap when it launched in June 2020.
Nevertheless, we do plan on giving all our followers new content material to expertise for each platforms. The upcoming free replace for each platforms of the sport will embrace new methods to benefit from the sport. We are able to’t wait to disclose what’s arising!
Giuseppe: With a lot emphasis on motion and plenty of builders switching to action-RPGs, what do you suppose is the state of affairs for tactical and simulation RPGs in right now’s market?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: I believe tactical and simulation RPGs have turn out to be a distinct segment style. That is much more true inside Japan than it’s within the West. Whenever you point out tactical simulation video games in Japan lately, individuals usually consider smartphone apps, most of that are designed round pay-to-win components.
Nevertheless, this solely served to extend my motivation to create a brand new Brigandine title for gamers. There are such a lot of video games obtainable in the marketplace right now that maybe there was no want for me so as to add another, however I assumed it will be price making this sport because of the unusual nature of nation conquest technique video games within the gaming trade which are set in fantasy worlds.
Giuseppe: Did the reception of Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia encourage you to probably proceed the sequence for the longer term? If sure, do you have already got any concepts?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: This may rely closely on how properly future developments are acquired. As I’ve talked about earlier than, we needed to protect the attribute tactical nation conquest idea of the earlier sport from 20 years in the past, and I’m glad we managed to obviously convey that.
This has led to plenty of useful suggestions relating to which facets of the sport needs to be preserved and which needs to be expanded upon, which sparked constructive inside dialogue relating to doable modifications sooner or later.
If we had altered the battle system, corresponding to switching to action-style preventing or a linear stage-clearing mechanic for instance, I don’t suppose the dialogue would have been almost as productive. Gamers would have merely argued over which system was higher, the outdated or the brand new methods.
So how ought to Brigandine proceed to evolve? What might be expanded upon to additional assist a tactical nation conquest sport?
We now have many concepts in thoughts that we hope to discover sooner or later.
Giuseppe: The sport has a really recognizable artwork fashion. How did you go about choosing the artists and the fashion?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: I had a transparent picture of the artwork fashion I needed for the sport proper from the very starting.
The vast majority of current Japanese fantasy video games lean towards anime-style visuals, or have futuristic components blended into the world view. What I needed for Runersia was a traditional and conventional fantasy world.
Most significantly of all, I needed a method that might have interaction and arouse the participant’s creativeness.
One thing just like the fantastic illustrations you see on the covers of the very best fantasy novels.
When enjoying this sport, gamers have loads of room for exercising their inventive imaginations. For instance, which nation will you designate as your rival? How will you advance your troops? Which battle will flip the tides and alter the world ceaselessly? These selections are all left completely as much as the participant.
Since Brigandine is a sport of non-public make-believe in a way, we determined proper from the beginning that we would have liked an artwork fashion that might have interaction and stimulate the gamers’ imaginations.
The artist with a method closest to what I had in thoughts was none aside from Mr. Raita Kazama, so I contacted him straight, and that was how we ended up working collectively on Brigandine.
Giuseppe: Do you will have any message for western players all for Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia?
Kazuhiro Igarashi: Thanks for all of the fantastic suggestions you will have supplied since we first introduced the sport in 2019! From messages despatched on to buyer assist, to tweets, to discussions in neighborhood boards, we ensure to learn all of them!
A lot of our improvement group has poor English expertise, myself included, however advances in machine translation have helped lots in permitting us to learn your enter.
I need you to know that our group appreciates each remark you make. Relaxation assured that we’re studying all of them.
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is at present obtainable for Nintendo Swap.
When you’d wish to see extra in regards to the sport, you possibly can take a look at the newest trailer and pictures of the PS4 model, which is able to launch on Dec. 10.