CyberConnect2 is not the best known Japanese developer out there, but their work with anime series does deserve a mention. Their sky-high ambition of bringing cinematic quality anime to gaming devices keeps getting closer and closer with the improvement of graphical capabilities. No doubt their dreams will be well within reach come the next console generation.
2012 marked the closest CyberConnect2 has ever come to creating a video game that truly feels like an episodic television show. Asura’s Wrath, published by Capcom, didn’t fare to well critically or commercially because of the game’s perplexing off the wall ideas. Those familiar with CyberConnect2 and their vision, however, realized how much closer the developer had come to achieving their goal.
The over-the-top action, the gorgeous visuals, and even each level playing out like a single episode of anime. It was unmistakably close to what CyberConnect2 has had in mind all along. Still, it was dismissed as another God of War clone from the get-go because of its seemingly similar gameplay and plotline. Oh well, it’s the world’s loss, really.
CyberConnect2 will be trying their hands at not one but three new franchises to follow up Asura’s Wrath. CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama might not divulge too much else of what his team has planned, but judging by the excitement in his announcement, he seems thrilled to be working on it.
Besides Asura’s Wrath, CyberConnect2 has made a name for themselves creating the .hack RPG series as well as the Naruto: Ulimate Ninja fighting games. They are also working on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, a fighting game based on one of Japan’s longest running manga series.
If you haven’t already, be sure to play the Asura’s Wrath demo. I would recommend it over the game for anyone casually interested since it’s not for everyone, but those looking for a purchase should be able to find a cheap copy somewhere.