If you’re as a big a fan of good ol’ JRPGs with a tactical side to them as Zoe is, then you’re most likely also crying yourself to sleep every night about the fact that those specific games are quite rare, like a restaurant that actually gives me a well-done steak with scorch marks dammit. But hope is on the horizon, as one veteran of that development scene has a new game on the way.
From the mind behind Vagrant Stories and Final Fantasy Tactics, Yasumi Matsuno, comes Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians. Matsuno has the game set up on the massive pre-order website Kickstarter, so here’s the first trailer for his vision:
Can’t see the video above because your co-workers are watching you? Here’s the official synopsis then for the game then:
History is written by winners, and tells the tales of heroes. But where there are winners, there are losers, and wars are not won by heroes alone. Behind the veil of history, there are countless stories that lie forgotten. Reliving these hidden tales is the concept behind the Unsung Story.
Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians presents an epic sweep of history through the eyes of the ones that make it, but are overlooked by the passing of time. It presents a fundamental twist on the hero’s story, as it immerses gamers through the experiences of those lashed to the great wheel of history!
Sounds cool to me, especially as I was cranking away at Final Fantasy: Tactics on a PSP just the other day. Ruined funeral my magnificent ass. The Kickstarter describes Unsung Story as a spiritual successor to those old school tactical RPGs, that’ll have plenty of class-based gameplay. Some of those classes include:
War Mage: Profession – Clergy
The War Mage is a member of the battle caste of the Clergy. In addition to powerful magical arts, the War Mage can wield Short Swords, Daggers, and Slings, along with Grenade Weapons, and imbue them with enchantments.
Ballast Knight: Profession – Noble
The Ballast Knight is part of the Nobility, and heralds from the upper elite of society. This access to wealth allows them to bear costly yet powerful weapons and armor. Some of the weapons the Ballast Knight wields are the Great Sword, Short Sword, Axe, and for mounted knights, the Lance.
Polearm Knight: Profession – Pioneer
A Polearm Knight is the upper echelon of the rank and file, the commoners who make up the majority of the Rasfalian cultures. A fierce and heroic fighter, Polearm Knights are known to wield Pikes, Halberds, Scythes, and other pole weapons.
Aerolest: Profession – Estate
The Aerolest is a highly skilled, highly educated warrior, immersed in mathematics and the sciences. Known to design and develop their own secretive and extremely deadly ranged weapons, the Aerolest uses various types of Bows, Crossbows, and Scorpios.
It sounds like a pretty decent Kickstarter so far, with effort put into the all important pitch. Right now, the game needs $600 000 to get going and has raised $160 002 at the time this piece was written. There’s a ton of top notch talent involved with the project as well, especially if several stretch goals are met.
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