Nights of Azure has either everything to gain or everything to lose coming out in the face of such extreme competition within its own genre. It’s a game that is probably getting localized as an afterthought, so it’s a low risk investment on Koei Tecmo’s, but more than likely, its publishers are hoping that it can ride the wave of success the JRPG is seeing on the PlayStation 4 in 2016.
Hopefully, it doesn’t get lost in the mix. I mean, look at these titles: Persona 5, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest XI, Disgaea 5, Tales of Zestiria and Berseria, and… Nights of Azure. I wouldn’t blame a lot of people for overlooking it when it first hits the shelves. These JRPGs can be extreme time sinks.
Still, it’s getting a March release, so the calendar will probably be pretty empty by then. I’ll be checking it out, and if you are interested, Koei Tecmo has some information on the characters and setting. Be sure to read that below.
The game is set on the imaginary island-kingdom of Ruswal, where nights are plagued by Azure-blooded demons. Although it is dangerous for humans to leave their homes after dark, the brave knights known as the Curia are trained to fend off the ever growing threat.
Among them is Arnice, a warrior of great skill and the protagonist of Nights of Azure. While she’s skilled with a blade, her talents aren’t just a product of her training. Arnice has some demon blood herself and is actually the only human that has managed to touch azure blood and survive! This event hasn’t left her unscathed and its thrilling implications become apparent quite early on; among others, it allows her access to a set of impressive abilities including the power to summon monsters to her aid in battle.
Lilysse is a chosen saint whose fate is inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the game, and Arnice’s best friend. Their friendship is one of the most vital storytelling elements of this title, and the ending of the game will be greatly affected by how players choose to incorporate it in key decisions.
Nights of Azure will release for the PlayStation 4 on March 29.