Mistwalker Partnering With Namco Bandai For New Blue Dragon Game

By Spencer . December 12, 2008 . 7:31am

image And it’s not for the Xbox 360. Mistwalker is keeping the Blue Dragon franchise on the Nintendo DS with Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu (loosely Blue Dragon: Colossal Beast of the Underworld). Unlike Blue Dragon Plus which comes out here in February this Blue Dragon game is not a real time strategy game. Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu is being billed as a real time RPG with full 3D graphics designed for multiple players. My first impression is Blue Dragon meets Diablo.


Players don’t control Shu or any of the Blue Dragon stars either. Instead you play as a nameless protagonist that you customize and dress up with armor. Blue shadows are still key elements and judging from the early screenshots you might be borrowing them from Kluke and Jiro.


Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu is a collaboration with Namco Bandai and Mistwalker. Hideo Baba who is fresh of Tales of Vesperia will work on the project with Hironobu Sakaguchi and Akira Toriyama. Namco Bandai plans to release Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu in Japan sometime next year. While Blue Dragon never took off here like it did in Japan with the anime series and trading card game chances are good Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu will come out in North America. If Namco Bandai doesn’t pick it up XSEED could since they have connections with Mistwalker via AQ Interactive and Namco Bandai from Retro Game Challenge.




Images courtesy of Namco Bandai / Shonen Jump.

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  • death by oatmeal cookies

    i love the nintendo ds, but why not the wii? the wii needs more rpgs! missed opportunity in my opinion. hopefully dragon quest x(10) will change things.

  • Too bad :/ I was one of few Blue Dragon fans outside of Japan and I must admit.. I can’t handle RPGs on handheld consoles. PSP is okay if you plug a slim & lite into the TV ;)

    More X360 JRPGs please.

  • lostinblue

    @ death by oatmeal cookies – Because Mistwalker gets constant moneyhats from M$, you’d expect them to snap out of it and well… get over it, one of these days, but they’re having too much fun making high budget RPG’s that no one will play (and then do 3 DS RPG’s, and one anime series trying to cater public for it), so…

    It’s just sad.

    Wii is not having a JRPG drought though, it’s getting pretty much everything that M$ didn’t purchase minus a handful PS3 titles (which is not a small amount by now).

  • Don’t mind that it is on the DS. I’m surprised however that they just didn’t stick with the format for the first game (turn based combat) after releasing an RTS.
    I mean that would be what fans are buying it for?

  • Paul

    @ lostinblue
    Microsoft owns the IP for Blue Dragon.
    No money filled hats there.

  • lostinblue

    they paid Blue Dragon too altogether, just like with Lost Odyssey, yet, Mistwalker is a independent developer and if Microsoft didn’t pay for it it is unlikely they’d have it. it is as much of a moneyhat as… Infinite Undiscovery and White Knight Story I guess.

    I was half serious, half teasing though, you guy’s shouldn’t take me this seriously when it comes to Microsoft.

  • Paul

    The game looks amazing by the way. I really hope Microsoft and Mistwalker announce Blue Dragon 2 and show some new 360 RPG’s at E3.

  • Aoshi00

    I wonder when we can get a full fledged console sequel Blue Dragon 2, this is like Kingdom Heart Chain of Memories on the GBA.. I like the first Blue Dragon, the anime was disappointing and I’m not too crazy about the RTS Plus (just started playing it). Truth is I can’t stand playing a 40 hr RPG by squinting on a handheld either, my eyes aren’t what they used to be…

  • Spencer

    @Paul / Aoshi00 – Funny thing about “Blue Dragon 2” I was talking with some folk at E3 about what happened to the series and they said Namco Bandai was working on the next game. I thought it was going to be an Xbox 360 game, but now we have this. So… I wonder if Namco Bandai is working on publishing something else related to Blue Dragon or the person I talked to was thinking of this.

  • Aoshi00

    @Spencer – That’s too bad.. I’m seriously not interested in another DS spinoff. BD Plus is like FF12 Revenant Wings, both look amazing on consoles w/ lackluster downgraded spinoffs, all the while fans are just craving for a true BD2 sequel. Personally, I think the anime and spinoffs are cheapening the title.

    I was really excited about the first Blue Dragon, which was what drove me to buy a 360 (and of course the later Lost Odyssey). I hope they can do better w/ this property. W/ this news it probably won’t be a while… plus we hear nothing about “Cry On”..

  • jarrod

    Looks awesome. BD+ failed to grab me but this looks excellent.

  • i have to disagree with the writer here. blue dragon wasnt successful in japan, rather it was more like a xenosaga-type success.

    the original game went on clearance sale just weeks after release, as did the ds installment released last year. furthermore even the anime is on clearance at some stores.

    i think some people forget the difference between a commercial success that begets cash-in projects, and a multi-angle marketing approach. blue dragon, as with squaresofts failed venture code-age commanders, was marketed on a multi-tier strategy. its not that the game was successful that it begot the anime, rather the anime was intended to increase game sales.

    it was similar with world destruction, though the game failed as well despite the anime running months before its release. a shame really, as the game was quite good.

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