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Phantom Brave pinged as NipponIchi’s next core JRPG Steam game

by Ron Duwell | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 5:40 pm PST

Following up on its seminal hit Disgaea, JRPG developer NipponIchi has tagged Phantom Brave as the next of its classics it will be bringing to Steam. Fans can expect to see it available in July.

The game originally came to the PlayStation 2 in 2004 and has since become most accessible on the PS Vita through its PSP port.

On a small, lonely island in Ivoire lives Ash, a Phantom who lost his life in battle, and Marona, who has the ability to communicate with Phantoms. Sometimes, Marona receives Bottlemails that float along the sea.

Marona, who lost her parents when she was very young, makes her living by completing the requests inside the Bottlemails as a Chroma, a person who accepts freelance work to solve problems for people. However, because of her abilities, the people call her the “Possessed.” Even if she completes her work, some clients will hesitate to pay her the reward because of her reputation.

Still, Marona stays optimistic and follows what her parents told her long ago: “Help people, and someday everyone will start to like you.” Her goal is to save enough money to buy Phantom Isle, which she’s currently renting. Like a subtle wave in the sea, the adventures of Marona and Ash are about to begin.

Phantom Brave is a wonderful choice, and I’m surprised that NipponIchi went with it instead of the Disgaea sequels. Its story is less about the absurd cast and genuinely reaches “touching” moments between the leading female and her ghostly companion.

Disgaea PC launched earlier this year with bugs and other control choices that rubbed fans the wrong way. Hopefully, NipponIchi has ironed out the kinks and will deliver Phantom Brave in a more flawless manner.

Again, Phantom Brave will be coming to Steam in July.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...