The PS Vita is turning out to have quite a solid year on the niche JRPG front. One of its most solid looking games is an Atlus published strategy RPG titled Lost Dimension, and it will be released on July 28.
Atlus also has a deal for the game in which anybody who buys it within the first two weeks of launch will snag $20 worth of DLC for free. This includes nine costumes, a map set with additional story, PSN avatars, and three optional quests. No, you don’t have to pre-order it as per usual. You can wait for reviews, and then make an informed decision if you want to purchase the game with extra content. Sounds like a worthy trade-off.
I don’t think Atlus has much to worry about in terms of reviews. Lost Dimension looks pretty solid, and it no doubt already has an audience willing to shell money out for it.
The only real worry is development team Lancarse, which doesn’t have the best resume of games when working solo. It sticks mostly to licensed products and cutesy puppy games. However, these are obviously developed just to pay the bills. The studio has shown promise teaming up with Atlus for the Etrian Odyssey games and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. I would consider Lost Dimension its first genuine solo project, something the team has always “wanted” to make and was not “forced” to make.
Lost Dimension‘s twist comes from a Survivor inspired mechanic in which a team of eleven soldiers must sniff out five traitors while on a mission. The group will vote at the end of every level who they believe a traitor is and will then execute them. Additionally, every time the player starts a new game, the five traitors are determined at random! How this works with the plot, I have no idea, but I’m really interested in seeing how it all plays out.
The game is right up there with Tokyo Xanadu as one of the best looking upcoming Vita RPGs. Lost Dimension will launch for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on July 28.