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Tokyo RPG Factory is giving it another go with Lost Sphear

This weekend’s tease from Tokyo RPG Factory produced a full-on reveal of a new game far sooner than anyone anticipated. Last night, the I am Setsuna developer revealed its follow-up title, Lost Sphear, which is in development for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Just, hopefully, Square Enix will go ahead and fix that annoying typo in the title before the final game is released.

The game follows Kanata, a young man on an adventure to rebuild his lost hometown using what Tokyo RPG Factory calls “the power of Memory.” The game promises to utilize many of the same ideas that Tokyo RPG Factory used in I am Setsuna, including a revamped vision of its ATB combat system.

The next evolution in this new golden age of JRPG’s arrives with Lost Sphear, bringing a fresh take on classic RPG gameplay! A young man, who suffered a phenomenon that he had never seen, faces an ominous power that threatens the fabric of reality. Awaken the power of Memory to restore what was lost! Muster different Memory and craft the world around you in a journey to save the world.

Square Enix’s words show resolve for old JRPGs

While you’ll find nothing but love from me, I am Setsuna wasn’t a financial hit for the young Tokyo RPG Factory. It lost a fair amount of money and came out to middling reviews, no matter how much I might sometimes make it seem otherwise.

Despite the limited success, Square Enix founded Tokyo RPG Factory with the intention of recreating the classic JRPG genre for the modern age, and it is giving the studio another chance to do so. Excellent call from Square Enix. There is no point in closing shop and backing out after a single flop, especially one that showed a lot of potential from the company who made it. Count your losses, learn from the experience, and try again.

So far, the graphics look similar to I am Setsuna thanks to the budget appeal of the Unity Engine, but the setting couldn’t be any more different with all that green. No more snow in this game!

Lost Sphear will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in early 2018.

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...