Grand Knights History Is The Next Title From Vanillaware And Marvelous [Update 2]

By Spencer . March 29, 2011 . 7:31pm

imageMuramasa: The Demon Blade was the first game from Vanillaware and Marvelous. The two companies are working together again on Grand Knights History.


Yoshifumi Hashimoto, producer on Muramasa, is also the producer on Grand Knights History. This upcoming title is an original RPG and its in development for PSP. Since Princess Crown was a port, Grand Knights History will be the first time Vanillaware created a game for Sony’s handheld.


Grand Knights History is slated for release this summer in Japan.


Update: The stage is set in Grand Knights History for three kingdoms to fight over for control of Ristya. Famitsu’s scan shows King Fausel is the ruler of Logres. Queen Muse is the leader of Avalon. King Leon and another character control the other land cut off by the scan. You are a knight in the army. Before the story begins you get to design your own character. Players can choose a gender, what their knight looks like, and voice acting.


Grand Knights History uses a turn based battle system with royal rules in the mix. A sliver of the scan shows this PSP game has some kind of network support, but the details are also cut off.


Update 2: The third kingdom is Union and is governed by King Leon and Princess Sefia. Gender may play a role in what types of equipment characters can exist. Pictures show male characters armed with two handed swords and a gun-like weapon. Female characters are magician types or priest-like characters with a hammer.


As mentioned before, the battle system is turn based. Similar to many 16-bit RPGs, heroes are on the right side of the screen and enemies are on the left. In the top left you can see meters for HP and AP. Characters can move around on the battlefield too. Grand Knights History will be Vanillaware’s first turn based game. Tomohiko Deguchi, Director, says Grand Knights History is an "everyone is tied to war RPG." Players are connected to each other offline and online through a network mode. This isn’t the kind of game where you team with friends when playing solo. You fight other players in battle. It seems that all players are locked into the war for Ristya and are fighting for one of the three sides.

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  • Guest

    I’m so pumped for this.

  • PSP just keeps on delivering. Love it.

  • I can already feel it within my grasp

  • I’m so glad to hear about this! After not seeing anything on Vanillaware’s website for a while, I feared the worst.

    • Vino (Tim N)

      I know what you mean! I checked the website out a couple weeks ago and nothing has really changed since checking it last December. I was beginning to think they were getting out of the business.

      But this is very awesome news! A RPG, on the PSP. Finally, I’ll pick up my PSP again.

      • What, you’re going to pass up The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky? (Which is amazingly awesome.)

        • Wait, and they did they pass up Ys 7, too? :O Pwease say no. my PSP is getting so much love, at any rate~

  • splintered

    Oh please come to the US. I loved their other games and this would be great to add to my collection.

  • I need this :D

  • Rarutos

    Yesssssss, anything VanillaWare makes is GOLD! Here’s hoping for a good localization!

  • Soma

    Totally awesome! I find I’ve been playing my PSP a lot more often lately.
    Hearing this news makes me want to bust out and play through Odin Sphere again.

    Actually, a re-release of Odin Sphere on the PSP would be totally amazing. o_o

    • Shadow_Raskolnik

      I doubt the PSP can handle Odin Sphere, but I can see it on the NGP.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    It’s for the PSP? Good news for those of you with one.

    *zips mouth* MMMmHH hhnm mHh!! MMmmHHH!!?? HNmHh nh. ( ;_;)

    • *evil smile* mhmm>:3

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        (T_T) I feel so *violated*.

        • >8D, the psp cult is calling you, is time for you to answer their call~~ You have already been tainted anyway~

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            NOOoooo I’m a married gamer! I have a loving PS3 and 20 adorable games to feed back home!! Pleeaaassse don’t take me away from them! Get away you portable fiends! Noo– *shields face*

  • Icon

    When I read “PSP game” I was shot back down to Earth. May day, may day!

  • PSP is getting so much love! Such a grand generation for handheld gaming devices!

  • Would prefer PS3, but if it’s released stateside I won’t mind!

  • PrinceHeir

    i was expecting a wii game or a PSN but it’s good enough ^^

    can’t wait for this :P

    i wonder what kind of gameplay is this? turn based or kinda like Odin Sphere?

  • Ren

    All hail PSP, the ultimate JRPG platform! No, seriously, it’s like everything is on this system nowdays, not that I’m complaining. Now is just wait for it to be localized, the part that actually hurts.

  • I really do hope all these Japanese games have a Journey to the West.

  • Too bad it’s not for the PS3 proper, but I’m still looking forward to it.

  • skymap

    Wow, this is actually great news. How surprising.

  • Aoshi00

    It’s nice, but i was hoping Vanillaware’s next game would be for the 3DS to showcase the awesome 2D sprites in many layers..

    I dunno why but I prefer playing games on the DS than PSP, maybe it’s the Layton and Phoenix games… it’s alrdy getting the Tales of the Last Promise and Photo Kano, it’s going out w/ a bang..

    • Joanna

      I thought it would be a 3DS game too, mainly because of that article awhile back with Marvelous that hinted at a 3DS 2D game. Not that I’m complaining, since the game looks interesting and it’s not the usual hack and slash from Vanillaware, so I’m hoping I like this better than Odin Sphere. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t really like Odin Sphere. The art and graphics were gorgeous and the story was interesting…..but the gameplay… was so mundane. Although, I want to give it one last go before I write it off since sometimes I end up really liking a game I disliked on the second try.

      • Aoshi00

        I really liked Muramasa, almost got all the different endings too.. but for Odin Sphere I tried playing it on 2 occasions, once on PS2 and then on PS3, still couldn’t get into it, despite the gorgeous graphics, the game was too hard for me actually.. I guess I just want a straight 2D side scrolling action game :).. I hope this girl ninja Kagura game on the 3DS is good despite the fanservice :) I hope Vanillaware would have a new 2D game for the 3DS in the future though, imagine the different layers of background popping out.. The thing is I don’t touch my PSP all that much for some reason, I haven’t played it in a long time now (actually I did, Rurouni Kenshin sucked *.*).. but Tale of the Last Promise, Black Rock Shooter, or this game might change that :)

        • Joanna

          I’m a little behind on the news, but I’m assuming the game you are referring to is the Marvelous 2D 3DS game?

          Yeah, I’d love to see it too~ I went to one of the 3DS showings and the 3D was pretty cool. I thought it was great on Pilot Wings around the half way point (really helped gauge the distance with it on). Steel Diver was also really neat and I can definitely see myself picking it up when I get a 3DS. Although after a while, my eyes did feel a bit strained, so I would probably keep the 3D off most of the time, but it’s still a neat feature that I can see myself using to see how games look with in on. x)

          • Aoshi00

            yep, the 3D boobies game, I think we’ll get to hear a lot more about it, all eyes are on that :)

            I’ve only played Layton so far (my Jpn 3DS can’t play US games..), the 3D effect is definitely neat, but my eyes got tired too after a short while.. I don’ think it’s good to play in 3D for a prolonged period of time.. it’s like magic eye or something, despite no glasses, it still requires a lot of concentration like you should only play it when you’re wide awake and sitting upright, plus you need to hold it at a certain distance at just the right angle.. I dunno about the other games, when I turn off the 3D the images don’t look as sharp… too bad Nintendo region locked it, otherwise I could see myself watching 3D movie trailers or streaming Netflix on it just for fun..

            It would be cool if Vanillaware takes advantage of the 3DS and makes some 2D games in 3D later.. I don’t want ports like Muramasa though.. alrdy played it on Wii on a big TV alrdy.. if it’s a new game I’m all for it.. Another reason my eyes got tired is I think I’m used to the bigger XL screens (very nice to play Phoenix/Edgeworth or Layton games on it), so the 3DS screen looks small to me by comparison.. and as you know there’s quite a lot of instruction to read for Layton’s puzzles.. and the 3D presentation actually made playing a bit more cumbersome than the last 4 Layton DS games despite the 3D novelty..

  • Aiddon

    darn, no console game or 3DS port. Oh well, I still like Vanillaware. It almost sounds like they’re trying something Arthurian (reference to Avalon) so hopefully they make something unique

  • Oh, this is just great news! I’m glad to see Vanillaware and Marvelous are teaming up again! Here’s to hoping it comes to the West, aye lads?

    • Shadow_Raskolnik

      Aye, as long as Ignition stays away from the localization.

  • “Gran Knights no shoukun, gasshin se yo!”

    ..Ok, yeah this game is surely promising. :D

  • EU players start the petition to risingstar games NAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • z_merquise

    Hmm, I was expecting this as another action-RPG game. Looks like it may be focusing more on multiplayer with the character customization and network support and all that.

    Still, I’m interested for this game. Looks like PSP is still going strong in Japan. Lots of games that I’m looking forward for the PSP: Valkyria Chronicles 3, Super Robot Taisen Z 2, Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos and now, this. The question now for me is would there be an English localization for those games?

  • Darkrise

    Finally some news! After Muramasa, I’m having some high hopes for this game to be just as awsome.

  • Wackoramaco87

    Sweet~! Actually haven’t played a Vanillaware game since Odin Sphere, so really looking forward to this (minus lag times!). Feeling a bit “Eh” about the gender specific weaponry, but it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out! =D

    Huh. I never actually realized that- the heroes on the right, and enemies on the left. I wonder if it is the usual cultural stereotypes, or not.

  • The more I see this game, the more I want it.

  • Interesting! I’m glad to hear that Vanillaware is still around after an almost two-year silence. This game sounds intriguing. I’m hoping for a US release (although, with the exception of Princess Crown, all of their games have hit the US so far).

    So, now that the Wii is dead, have all of the smaller developers abandoned it for the PSP?

  • z_merquise

    I found new screenshots in the game and it looked beautiful:
    (copy and paste the link to a new window)

    Oh, and the official site as well:

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