Do you like Laharl? Etna? Raspberyl ? Valvatorez? Well, you’re in luck, because each is going to be available in what looks like a “be all, end all” cast in Disgaea 5. Classic characters from NipponIchi’s quirky strategy RPG series will be made available slowly over time, but for a price of course.
NipponIchi has gone the DLC route with Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance by creating individual story packs for many of the franchise’s most beloved older characters. Right off the bat, now that the game has launched in Japan, fans will be able to download Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and Disgaea D2 protagonist Laharl’s extra story for ¥500. The pack will feature the Prince of Darkness Laharl himself, his devious henchwoman Etna, and their fallen angel compatriot Flonne.
Outside of the original trio of heroes, Sicily from D2 will make an appearance. I don’t know, I didn’t play D2. Laharl’s lady form will also be available for ¥300 separately on top of that.
NipponIchi plans to follow up with the cast of other Disgaea games, and both Disgaea 3 and 4 have proven to be big enough to require two separate chapters each. Both will be home to exclusive characters!
Take from this as you will. Previous Disgaea games had several classic characters uncovered through secrets, but now you’ll just have to pay for them like the rest of the video game industry. NipponIchi just doing what it has to to survive. A small notion of comfort comes from the fact that none of these are required for the main game, and each story acts as its own individual little sub-plot.
Think of it like a Skyrim or Fallout 3 expansion, and maybe it’ll be up your alley.
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance will be released for the PlayStation 4 this fall in America. No word yet on if the DLC packs will be made available, but I have no doubt that they will be.