Digimon Story: Lost Evolution Returns To Its Roots

By Laura . April 11, 2010 . 12:45pm

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It’s been a while since the teaser associated with Digimon Story: Lost Evolution appeared on the Namco Bandai website. At long last, we finally have more details on the game.

 

Digimon Story: Lost Evolution will be returning the franchise to its Digimon Story roots (for the DS, at least). The basic premise is that the Digimon of the Digital World have all lost the ability to evolve, and no one knows who or what caused it. Tamers, humans partnered with Digimon, are also disappearing one after another, while a mysterious group has been showing its face more and more. An Agumon (yes, another one) decides to head to the Real World, where the humans live (or rather, our world), to find his own partner. He ends up getting there and you, as the protagonist, find him along with a group of friends. However, the others are kidnapped by a 3-person group that escapes into the Digital World. Of course, you decide to try to get them back, partnering with Agumon and chasing them into the other world.

 

In Lost Evolution, unlike the previous Digimon Story games, you can choose your gender. The default name for the boy is Shuu, while for the girl is Kizuna. Apparently you’re a 5th grade transfer student with a calm and peaceful personality who is both good in sports and athletics. Even though you just transferred, you have made many friends and have come to be relied upon by others.

 

The Digital World is much the same as it was before -– a world created in a computer network that is heavily inhabited by Digimon. This time, though, it seems like there will be a heavy emphasis placed on the different continents and islands, surrounded by ocean. The main website hints at needing to use a vehicle called the DigiShip to travel between the different lands.

 

One of your jobs as a Digimon tamer as you go on adventures is to restore the Digimon’s evolution. All of the Digimon’s evolution capabilities seem to be tied to an “Evolution Tree” in this game, with each node containing a “DigiPlate.” However, these Plates are missing at the start of the game, and your task is to find them — usually by defeating bosses — and restore them. This is done in an almost archaeological fashion –- using the stylus, you can use various tools, which include a plaster-like goo to fill in cracks in the Plate, files to remove the excess plaster, and cleaner to clean off the dirty spots, to repair and clean, within a fairly generous time limit, the Plates that you find.

 

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Once this is done, you snap the DigiPlates into the node where they seem to fit (those with prior knowledge of Digimon shouldn’t have any trouble with this), and voila! You can now evolve into that Digimon (and so can the rest of the Digimon population, presumably).

 

The game is set to release on July 1. To encourage people to check it out, Namco Bandai set up a minigame on the website that involves the cooperation of many people over time. If enough hits are registered, extra content will be released on the site.


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  • speedstersonic

    Seriously, I’ve thought all the digimon story games were pretty shitty. Why can’t they make another digimon game that’s like the world games from the ps1? Those were the best, I loved all three, heck port em to the ds and I’ll buy them up, but these have honestly been pretty boring.

    • http://terracannon876.livejournal.com Laura

      Hmm… I liked the first Digimon Story’s system, although the second had problems with the encounter rate and evolution system (imo). Admittedly (and ironically), though, the story for the Digimon World games were better, I think. My favorite was 2. What was yours?

      • speedstersonic

        In order of favorites, I would have to say 3, 2, 1, then 4. 3 is my favorite just because I liked the battle system a lot. 2 was really good too, cause it mixed Mystery Dungeon type gameplay really well. Man I like them all. Really wish they would port them to a system or release them on the psn or something.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    They should just follow what they did in digimon 3, a kind of game resort to go to digimon world, cool, a digimon that goes to the real world, becomes your friend, and somehow return to digimon world… strangely convenient

    • http://terracannon876.livejournal.com Laura

      Granted, every Digimon anime has somehow been something convenient happening. Hopefully they’ll explain how Agumon suddenly goes POOF into the other world, but chances are they won’t =(

      Digimon World 3… I liked the graphics in that game the best, other than the battle graphics. I don’t remember much about it otherwise, though. I thought 4 was with you being a Digimon yourself was a nice touch, if it had been implemented better, but my favorite is actually 2. …Interestingly, that game doesn’t address any world hopping at all =P

  • MrRobbyM

    I’d just like to play a Digimon game that follows closely to the anime. More closely to the tamers season. Which was the 3rd or fouth season, I think.

    • http://terracannon876.livejournal.com Laura

      Tamers would be the third season.

      Is that your favorite season? I had never liked it much until after I rewatched it when I was older, haha. It was one of those things I just didn’t really get as a kid…

      • MrRobbyM

        I understand why some wouldn’t like it. It was really different from the two previous seasons. Though, I really like the story and Digimon designs from that season.

  • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

    Honestly, I hope that the next Digimon games are either from the World game and Adventure anime universes, respectively.

  • Ephidel

    “In Lost Evolution, unlike the previous Digimon Story games, you can choose your gender”
    Hm? That isn’t really a “change” – you could do the same in the Digimon World Dawn/Dusk games, and they were originally titled Digimon Story Sunburst/Moonlight

  • Joanna

    hm. sounds interesting. maybe I’ll finally try a digimon game.

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