Nippon Ichi Software, the developer responsible for the famous Disgaea series, has held their 20th anniversary concert today, where they revealed two new games. Could one of them be the mysterious title they teased nine years ago?
At today’s “Makai Wars Live episode 1: Asagi’s Counterattack”, some of NIS’s hottest musicians have performed in Yokohama BLITZ in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, as well as Asagi, the “Eternal Hero of the Next Game” (read more about NIS on SGCafe).
Asagi first appeared in the summer of 2004, when NIS teased the game Makai Wars. However, the game was never released, and since then, Asagi has been featured as an unlockable character in 18 different games with ten Japanese voice actresses. Now that NIS has themed an entire concert around Asagi, will she finally, at long last, be the hero of her own game?
The two games announced today are:
- Disgaea 4 Return
- Criminal Girls Invitation (tentative title)
Wait a minute, neither of them is centered around Asagi! What kind of cruel joke is this? How long does Asagi have to wait to get her own game?
Don’t give up hope yet! NIS has also announced that they are working on Asagi’s 10th anniversary project. Could this possibly involve Makai Wars?
In addition, Asagi’s online fanclub has recently reached 9,000 members. To celebrate this milestone, they will release a fan book on August 19. Next, once the fanclub reaches its final milestone of 10,000 members, Asagi — might — finally get her own game!
As for the games that were actually confirmed, Disgaea 4 Return is a PS Vita port of Disgaea 4. As fans should know, most the console games in the Disgaea series eventually get ported to handhelds. No details have been given yet, but the game will presumably include extra story content and possibly all of the DLC from the PS3 version, including The Fuka and Desco Show, which costs the same as a retail game in Japan. Disgaea 4 Return is scheduled to be released in January of 2014. It will include Asagi.
Criminal Girls Invitation is based on the dungeon-crawling RPG Criminal Girls, which was released for the PSP in 2010. NIS has yet to reveal whether this is a sequel or a port, but it will be released for the PS Vita this winter.
Asagi isn’t the hero of these games, but don’t lose hope! Next year, there will be Makai Wars Live episode 2, for sure! ( still unconfirmed)