Tri-Ace Using ASKA Engine For An Unannounced Game

By Spencer . April 2, 2010 . 12:45pm

imageTri-Ace’s internal ASKA Framework was built to make Infinite Undiscovery, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Resonance of Fate, and a fourth game.


Work began sometime in 2009, but tri-Ace didn’t reveal the title in Game Watch’s ASKA Engine report. This unnamed game uses a revised version of the ASKA Framework and is explained as a second generation ASKA game.


By the way, ASKA is an abbreviation for tri-Ace Superlative Knowledge-based Architecture.

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  • Extra_Life

    Hope the game includes the words ‘Profile’ and ‘Valkyrie’.

    • jj984jj

      Only if it’s being made by the RoF team. Takayuki Suguro and Masaki Norimoto are a must for VP3!

  • Hraesvelgr

    Um… hopefully this is more like Resonance of Fate, quality-wise.

    • epy

      It’s nice to see Hraesvelgr liking something for once. ;)

      Agreed, more like RoF, less like IU.

      • Hraesvelgr

        Hey, believe it or not, I actually like tri-Ace. It’s just that, up until RoF, they hadn’t made a game that was good for much of anything outside of gameplay since the first Valkyrie Profile.

        • jj984jj

          What was wrong with the gameplay in Valkyrie Profile 2?

          I enjoyed all 3 of tri-Ace’s PS2 games personally. It wasn’t until this generation that they started to disappoint me. Infinite Undiscovery was the worst tri-Ace game I’ve ever played. SO4 and VP: CotP weren’t much better unfortunately.

          • Hraesvelgr

            No, no, I’m saying the gameplay was the only good thing in games like VP2. Outside of that, they were… pretty bad, really. Well, VP2 did have good music.

          • jj984jj

            Oh! Sorry, I read that wrong. XD IU was plagued by some bad design decisions as well, it hampered even the gameplay in that game. I hope they really reworked their other teams so that something like IU doesn’t happen again.

    • jj984jj

      That’s unlikely. Unless the people behind it were working overtime or we won’t see this for a long time.

  • nyobzoo

    didn’t they say that after RoF, that they were working with Square on a new Star OCean

    • LSakala

      I’m not sure but I think he was talking about TLH International.

      • nyobzoo

        afraid not, the interview was after International had already released, not to mention he said after RoF, in which SO4:International had already been release by that time

  • sdragon21

    For the love of god, let it be Valkryire Profile 3!!!

  • Soma

    The ASKA Framework is excellent.
    I’m pretty excited that more tri-Ace games will be taking advantage of it.

    • jj984jj

      I hope they go back to the character models they were using in Infinite Undiscovery. I can’t believe I’m asking them to do anything they did in IU but the character models in SO4 were creepy and the character models in RoF were pretty similar. Less Reimi and Leanne style, more Aya style would be nice.

  • Xeahnort

    I´m not a big tri-ace fan but I must admit that I’m thrilled

  • Artavasdus

    After Resonance of Fate any tri-Ace-related news can hype me to death XD

    Even if the recent rumor hints at SO5 being in development, I hope we get to see Valkyrie Profile 3 before the end of the current gen.

  • Radiata Stories 2, please!

  • Pesmerga00

    I’m intrigued. Tri-Ace and I have some fond memories together. (good old PS1 days)

    Even if their last few endeavors were sub par, I still think that there is talent to be found. Resonance of Fate is a good example. Maybe all Tri-Ace needed to do was step away from Square-Enix. It’s possible SE had them type casted into a predefined game developer role. They wanted a specific game with familiar elements. Just having Tri-Ace stick to sequels and what they were comfortable with. Making the types of games that they knew would sell.

    With Sega they were allowed a greater deal of creative license. And it certainly paid off with RoF. Perhaps it’s a sign of Tri-Ace’s new drive? I hope we see them branching out more often, as I believe that one of their biggest strengths is their creativity. Maybe a fresh partnership or two, will result in a few unique gems. Possibly even restoring some of their fans faith in them.

  • john411

    It’s either Infinite Undiscovery 2 (but why would MS go for this over LO2 or BD2 is beyond me) or a new title (like Radiata Stories).

    -It can’t be VP3, that team *just* finished with RoF
    -It better not be a new Star Ocean, SO4 should be the last one for a long time after the disaster it caused

  • MisterNiwa

    Give me a Playstation 3 Exclusive announced on E3. :I

    • jj984jj

      Why should it be PS3 exclusive unless Sony is funding it?

      • Hraesvelgr

        Because having an exclusive game, or even exclusive minuscule content, for their favored console gives them something to gloat about and throw more fuel into the nonsensical console fanboy fire.

        • MisterNiwa

          You gotta stay true to your self, if it was a 360 exclusive, would you really be happy?

          We all know that Playstation 3 Exclusives are the better ones, and multiplatform is alright ok.

          But if we would do everything for every platform, where would be the sense of having multiple platforms anyway?

          • Hraesvelgr

            PS3 exclusives are the better ones? I like opinions, too. Personally, I haven’t really liked any of the exclusives this gen, which is why I’m always blathering on about multiplatform games being superior like some crazed madman.

          • MisterNiwa

            I still think Valkyria Chronicle, which isnt even a full RPG more a Action RPG is a lot better than any other 360 Exclusive RPG, if you disagree with me on that then i dont understand you. :I

    • thebanditking

      Its likely multiplat as the ASKA engine is designed for it and unless Sony is funding it directly multiplat is the best bet for them. I would say 360 exclusive is possible but given how well PS3 is doing a 360 exclusive JRPG does not make sense. Neither Sony or MS seem very focused on the JRPG market so I seriously doubt its exclusive to either.

      • MisterNiwa

        Well it is most probaly a Multiplatform Game, or maybe even a Wii Game? Is the ASKA Engine also for Wii?

  • holyPaladin

    Yes keep tri-Ace new game coming!

  • thebanditking

    I wonder who the publisher is? Sega picked up their last (and best) effort this gen. I don’t know how focused S-E is on the JRPG market right now so I don’t think its them.

    • MisterNiwa

      I hope Sega is their publisher, Square Enix ruins them.

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