Atlus has nabbed up publishing rights for indie studio Eden Industries’ Citizens of Earth. It looked like a decent little game when it cropped up on Kickstarter last year, but despite invoking Earthbound as a major inspiration, the team failed to collect the requested CA$100,000.
Luckily, Citizens of Earth caught the eyes of a major publisher who is willing to take a few risks on niche RPGs, and not all hope it lost now that Atlus has it up for distribution on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PC.
In Citizens of Earth, players will control the Vice President of the World in a cartoonish RPG inspired by the cynicism towards politics in the modern day. The day after his election, the population starts to go crazy because apparently nobody likes him, and he enlists the aid of everyday unaffected citizens to help in his investigation to “delegate as much of the dirty work as possible.”
40 playable characters exist in the game and the VEEP can choose from any of them to join his party, where they all follow behind him lie behind him like a game of Snake. Atlus is also holding a contest which will allow a lucky player to design a citizen for the VEEP to recruit.
It doesn’t look like he deepest or most original game out there, but Citizens of Earth is definitely charming enough to check out when it gets released. These modern world RPGs are also too few and too far between, so you gotta scoop them up while you can.
Citizens of Earth will be released by Atlus later this year as a digital only game for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PC.