Nothing like getting back together with old friends after years of no contact. Although many out there have, I haven't exactly kept up with NipponIchi's brand of multi-hundred hour strategy RPGs after sinking quite a decent chunk of my life into Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Outside of Phantom Brave, which was more of a somber relaxing experience, I was never able to really get into the twisted universe or wacky characters of the other games spawned from Disgaea's popularity.

However, now that protagonists Laharl, Etna and Flonne will once again be returning to helm the first direct sequel in the series they popularized, I might have to give the franchise another go. The three had a chemistry missing amongst RPG protagonists these days, despite the fact that two of them were evil to the core and the third preached of nothing but the virtues of love.

They might have briefly appeared in Disgaea 2, Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4, but their absence at the central core of the games turned me off from the series since I kind of equated the first game to their interaction.

The trailer also shows off the gameplay for the first time, but fans should know what to expect. Not a lot has changed in the NipponIchi lore in regards to graphics and characters, and this refusal to evolve like the rest of the gaming market remains a sticking point between fans of the series and those who just don't get it.

The game will be released for the PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 20th, and it will most likely see an American release like the rest of the games in the series. In the meantime, maybe I should catch up on Disgaea. Any fans of all the games have one in particular they like?

[via Siliconera]