Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong. I predicted the JRPG from Spike Chunsoft that was promised 14 pages in Famitsu would either be Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon or a brand new original title since nothing else in Spike Chunsoft’s library demands such attention. When it was announced that Star Ocean developer tri-Ace was aboard, that threw Dragon Quest out the window, leaving only one other option.
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky is a brand new JRPG title developed by tri-Ace and published by Spike Chunsoft for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The game will be released by the end of the year.
The Famitsu spread explains the game in detail with the title reveal accompanying text that translates into “In a world that rules over life and death, 12 people go against fate.” These 12 youths carry evil Gods within their body and get wrapped up in their otherworldly issues. The game takes place in both modern day Tokyo and on a planet called Protolexa.
Surprising to nobody, Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky follows in the recent trend of dungeon crawling, and dungeons are described like side-scrolling platforming stages with monsters that ignite battles, similar to Valkyrie Profile. The “Active Chain Battle” system itself also sounds very much like Valkyrie Profile’s battle system with each character being assigned a single button for use. Reacting to attacks and planning lead to better money and item drops.
And just like in Valkyrie Profile, you’ll be sending characters from Protolexa back to Earth, banishing them from your party but greatly altering the game’s ending. It takes 40-50 hours to complete, and wouldn’t you know it?! It even has the same writer and composer as Valkyrie Profile.
I wonder where this game gets its inspiration from.
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky sounds very much like a classic tri-Ace game. I’m glad its finally getting back into the business of developing solid console RPGs. Maybe the buyout will actually help expand the company rather than shut it down. I’ll be keeping an eye on Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky. It launches for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita later this year in Japan.