Lost Sphear, the second game from fledgling I Am Setsuna developer, has been confirmed for a North American release on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Jan. 23, 2018. Those who want a physical edition will only be able to snag them directly from the Square Enix online store.
Lost Sphear is a turn-based JPRG set in a world threatened by a mysterious phenomenon known as Lost. To combat the Lost, the power of Memory awakens within a young man named Kanata, giving hope to the people. As it is too dangerous for Kanata alone, his friends accompany him from his town of Elgarthe: Lumina, Locke and a mysterious person named Van.
And Square Enix also took the chance to introduce two new characters.
Sherra is a priestess who uses a traditional bow of similar range to Locke’s crossbow. However, while Locke uses crossbows and tinkers with mechanical crafting, Sherra specializes in heal magic and various bow-related abilities.
Obaro is an elderly man who came back into existence upon the awakening of Kanata’s power. Contrary to the physical strengths of Kanata and his friends, Obaro specializes in unleashing powerful elemental magic, demolishing large enemy mobs.
Lastly, Square Enix introduced a crazy new contraption for the game as well: the Velcrosuit.
The Vulcosuit is mechanized armor gifted to the people from the ancients within the world of Lost Sphear. This armor serves a dual purpose as enhanced in-battle weaponry and tools you can use in certain map environments. Each piece of armor has its own unique capabilities, so make sure to search for all of them!
I Am Setsuna was a wonderful little game from last year, and even though it wasn’t perfect, it showed the developers have a great understanding of what makes old school JRPGs fun and how to modernize their jankier mechanics. Lost Sphear looks like a solid attempt to help the studio reach its potential.
Lost Sphear will be released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Jan. 23.