Yeah, Nippon Ichi Will Make Disgaea 5, One Day

By Spencer . July 1, 2012 . 11:07pm

disgaeaDuring NIS America’s Anime Expo panel, Souhei Niikawa, producer of the Disgaea series and president of Nippon Ichi Software, confirmed that they will make Disgaea 5. No screenshots or details were revealed since the news came from a Q&A session. Niikawa also asked fans to please wait awhile for further details.


Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten came out last September. Members from the Disgaea team are currently developing The Witch and the Hundred Knights for PlayStation 3, which is slated for release sometime in 2013.

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  • oh cool, Disgaea Teams working on Witch.  I thought it was a Prinny team game for some reason

  • Code

    No surprises here >wwo;

  • Every time they make a new one of these I have a really hard time coping with the fact that they’re making one.  4, when it was announced, thankfully proved me wrong in the long run…but I can’t help feeling that 4 was as good as it should have been.

    I mean what else do we have left?  We’ve pretty much maxed out ourselves for stats anymore.  I mean look at this:

    You can’t really go any higher unless you add another digit or two to the formula in a few places.  How much more do they have planned that makes sense to add is what I’d like to know.

    I guess we’ll know in a couple years or so.  Still, I’m always a bit wary that they’re going to push this series too far.

    •  Not sure what you mean…i think they can add in alot of stuff for a new game than just…making the stats bigger…or is that all you see from each game? : o

      • I’m worried that barely anything really changes from one game to the next sans the story.  It’s still the core game from Disgaea 1, really, just reshaped over time.  I mean people will buy up the games now because it’s now a somewhat popular franchise but I kind of wished it would’ve stopped after a point before it before we get to Disgaea 13…

        • Raharu95

          Please let’s not go there. Just please. You might as well have said Disgaea will reach the height of it’s popularity and or sales at Disgaea 7. Lets Not Compare Nis to Square

    • Andar

      I too felt worried that Disgaea as a series would somehow grow to feel very stale as it numbered on, but something about the fourth game felt very fresh. Or perhaps many things about it. I don’t know that it’s just about narrowing it down to the new features either; it feels more like you can tell that they took a slightly different approach to the game as a whole, and it really paid off in that game. The core ideas behind the Disgaea series are its hallmarks and selling points. I think that as long as they can manage to make that interesting and make it surprising and exciting, then they may as well continue the series as long as they want. When they stop being able to surprise us, it may be time to give the series a rest…but after Disagea 4, I don’t think we’re quite there yet. 

      What I really want to see is even more freedom. Stage creation is a wonderful idea, but there needs to be…more, somehow. Custom stages with custom goals, more than just defeating all enemies. The geopuzzle elements sort of contribute to this already, but I want to see more crazy mix of srpg and puzzle of the kind that can’t be plowed through with an excessively powerful weapon. Escort an NPC across a map (with lifting and throwing), or simply make it to the other side yourself, with a combination of terrain and geopanels (and of course enemies) serving as obstacles. More of those kinds of challenges (but not only those). But in general, I’ll just wait and see what they come up with next.

    • Radiosity

      4 Added a lot of new stuff to make it fresh again, not to mention a much better cast than 3.

    •  Knowing NIS, they might take some things from The Witch and a Hundred Knights and put it on Disgaea 5.

      I mean, Disgaea 4 did take some things from Zettai Hero Project (like the Evil Symbols… I guess)

  • No surprise really but still hoping for the day when they merge all the Best stuff of Makai Kingdom, Phantom Brave, Disgaea, and La Puelle (hell even more stuff) into the game…ah yes

    •  This is what I’d like to see.  They’ve got so much great stuff to draw upon.

      • Radiosity

        *wants more Priere goodness*

        Uh. Actually I suppose I should say evilness? :D

  • maxchain

    If I were a betting man, I’d say 5’ll eventually end up getting ported to something else down the line.

    • Anime10121

       and I reckon it’ll be a handheld, either Sony or Nintendo

  • leadintea

    Hopefully the next Disgaea game will need more strategy required to win story battles and actually have a sense of balance than the previous games, though I’m not counting on it

    • xXDGFXx

      You do understand that balance was never part of the game, don’t you… ?

      • leadintea

        I’m saying they should at least make the main story mode have some challenging fights. I know postgame is a different beast but before that, they could at least make us use our brain. I realize, though, that in essence, the Disgaea games are pretty much collection games with an SRPG battle system.

    • Tenno Seremel

      True overlord knows the only way to win. Full power total destruction.

      • Radiosity

        Srsly, tactics and strategy were never part of the game. Power levelling is what it’s about, I still don’t understand why anyone even refers to the Disgaea series as SRPGs, there’s no strategy there, just stupidly strong characters killing things with billion damage uber attacks.

        • Tenno Seremel

          I think it fits the Disgaea stories nicely :) Although when I finish main storyline for the 1st time I don’t usually level much outside so some fights are challenging. There are some tricks you can do to win anyway, but they are pretty simple. Lift bosses, throw characters, superfast thieves to get whenever you need, but that’s about it. I don’t even use spells that lower stats as they don’t seem to work when you need them the most anyway. Buff & destroy. Especially when you main hero is a monster that powers up each time he kills someone.

          There is also a sad story about magichange with enemies with unlimited magichange and yours 2-3 turns unless you get evility for that… which means your only slot for evility (for humans) is taken by this “tax.”

          • Radiosity

            Yeah, I’ve never really used Magichange, seems like a waste. Especially when it doesn’t get to its full potential until late in the game, by which time your main character is going to be so stupidly strong anyway it makes little difference.

  • Will Asagi be the hero (read: have her own game)? ;)

    • komiko12

      She is the most pitiful video game character that existed.
      A character without a game he could call his own would be like having no identity.

      Whatever. She’s fictional.
      Besides, I am amused by the long-running gag. :D

      • Anime10121

        But, but, Asagi’s awesome ;)

        … even without her own game.

      • lol I wouldn’t actually want her game to be D5. Her attacks look to me as a more shooter-y game.

    •  Hopefully we’ll have a female lead in Disgaea like Maronakins was in Phantom Brave. Unless Rozalin from 2 was considered as one.

      Poor Asagi, though.

      • Rozalin doesn’t count. Not to me. Adell was the lead no matter how much I hate him. .-. In any case Asagi really should have her own game though it would ruin her presence/the gag.

    • Niikawa said he’s torn between forever leaving Asagi without a game or making one for her.

      • Really? I don’t remember hearing that but… ok. lol I honestly hope she gets one… even if it screws up the gag. I just love her so much. lol And yes I mean that in the creepy sort of way.

        • BadenBadenPrinny

           But the gag itself is starting to get old, it’s been like this ever since Makai Kingdom. I’d rather have them make one for her, one that chronicles her struggle; then the post game is the actual game :P

          • Testsubject909

            How about a game where throughout the entire game her status as the MC is always at risk and she winds up having to work hard and fight hard to maintain her status as the main character and a game over always causes an alternate ending where a rival character becomes the MC and finishes the game, being the great hero or heroine of the game with a full ending and etc?

  • Michael Synodis

    In other breaking news, Square had announced they will make another Final Fantasy and Nintendo has said they will make more Mario games.

  • Christian Wright

    i hope they dont regurgitate the DLC………….one time is enough. let us unlock it at least.

    • Radiosity

      One time? Both 3 and 4 had a ton of DLC. Personally I don’t mind at all, most of the characters in 4 sucked for power levelling (except Deathko) so having the extra options in DLC is nice. As with 3, I picked my beloved Priere to go on a spree of destruction with :3

      • British_Otaku

        The problem with Disgaea’s recent DLC is that much of the content are modes and bonuses which are either avaliable as standard content in prior games (or remakes).

        It would be more tolerable if it was like in the case of Fire Emblem, a sudden novelty to have characters from other games or universes to hop in.

        • Radiosity

          Mm, well true, can’t disagree there really. I pay little attention to other modes and things though, it’s just the characters I’m interested in.

    • Tenno Seremel

      As long as I can get Gig and Revya into my Disgaea game they might be forgiven :3

      • Testsubject909

        It’d be really nice to have another Soul Nomad styled game.

    • OverlordZetta

      My big problem is how long it takes for us to get it. By the time any of the Disgaea 4 DLC I had wanted game out, I’d lost interest in the game months ago. When you compare the content that, say, DHD had, 3 and 4 were really pitiful as well.

  • Okay, we had a bratty Overlord, a battle maniac, an Evil top class genius demon student and a sardine loving vampire as protagonists for the previous installments.

    Who’ll be next? Will Asagi finally get the lead role spotlight that she’s been craving ever since her first game appearance?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ……. Asagi will stays as……. pure little girl that fails to become a MC there.^^

    • Radiosity

      Still laughing about how she initially only got the original style pixellated sprite while everyone else got the new HD graphics :D Poor Asagi, never gets a break.

    • BadenBadenPrinny

      I hope they do make her the MC this time since it’s starting to get really old :(

      • Testsubject909

        But that’ll ruin the joke!

    • No chance, lol.  

    • Testsubject909

      Find out on the next episode of Galactic Beauty Pirate Queen Etna!

  • Vampiric

    The sky is blue. In other news.

    But really where is makai?

    • No plans for a follow up to Makai Kingdom/Phantom Kingdom.

      • Vampiric

         your making me sad

      • Locklear93

        Shame that.  I liked Makai Kingdom immeasurably better than Phantom Brave, which they’ve done ports of all over the place.

      • Testsubject909

        Ah… new icon?

  • Arrei

    More prinnies is always a good thing.

  • Raharu95

    Hurray. *Hopes for an actual dual weilding mechanic… And the return of the Holy Dragons.*

    • FFmax

      ^THIS, I was so mad they took them out in the 4th game. Hopefully they will return in the next installment

      • It WAS in 4, you just had to unlock it.

        • Raharu95

          He is talking about The Holy Dragons.

    • There is a dual wielding mechanic. Only magichange though. And only in 4. :(

      • Raharu95

        I meant a Dual Wield system independent of Magichange. Yeah, it suck they could not add Dual Magichange to Absense of Detention.

  •  NIS always does this, instead of making Disgaea they spend time making these bland lolicon games until they need to make a quick buck.

  • Anime10121

    My hopes, they take a cue from Final Fantasy, Disgaea 1: part 2 (except it is executed better than FF’s sequels).  Man I wanna play as Laharl, Etna, and Flonne as my main story team again :P

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmm, the way i see Disgaea series here is that they have facing a wall here where they have quite a little thing to expand anymore(except story aspect.) considering their battle mechanics and the status number has gone ridicilously higher and higher lol.

    Well hope that nippon ichi will be able to use all the elements from their new upcoming game t increase and improve Disgaea game experiences.^^

  • Ravage27

    Hardly surprising, but i love these games :3

  • SH3

    I wish they’d take a break from Disgaea and instead make Phantom Brave 2 or La Pucelle 2.

    • Katamari Toys

      would be awesome

    • Testsubject909

      More Soul Nomad or ZHP for me.

  • zed grim

    or a mech sims rpg 


     I never passed Chapter 2 in Digaea 4. It is a shame I
    did not complete the game.

    • Testsubject909

      For Disgaea 4, don’t download the patch and abuse the hell out of the Rosenqueen dupe trick, it will cut down your grinding time heavily by a few hundred or thousand hours.

      Wanna deck out your character with 3 accelerator with 5 base move, high stats and a bunch of dual-stat maxed 19998 innocents? Not just your single character but your whole entire team?

      Yeah, that’ll take maybe two days straight of dedicated duping… Two days, instead of untold ungodly amount of hours of grinding, praying, hoping and whatnot.


        I love the game. It is that I felt so overwhelmed by
        the grinding (time and required level to pass some levels). Thank you for
        pointing out of a method to cut down time.

  • I personally love Disgaea but its seriously time for them to really think outside of the BOX. 

    • Arrei

      But NIS makes plenty of games that aren’t Disgaea. Disgaea is there to be… Disgaea. Wacky, silly, and capable of absurd stat and damage numbers.

    • CirnoLakes

      But then what are all of the Etna/Flonne/Pleinair/Laharl/Prinny/ect. fanboys/fangirls/fanpersons going to do without their fix?

      They’ll have to survive, emaciated, on only mere fanart for eternity!

      • Testsubject909

        Or have those characters appear in different games.

        I mean, look at Soul Nomad or ZHP, those games could’ve easily had a cameo from some of those characters.

    • BadenBadenPrinny

       True, it is about time for a change in gameplay. Hopefully it’s done well

  • Chiupon

    Eww, they still make these? 

    • Raharu95


    • kupomogli

      High five or fist bump?

  • I have this beautiful image of Disgaea 5 pulling a Gurren Lagann and following a grown-up Laharl through a much darker, more serious storyline.  I know most Disgaea fans would probably hate this, but to me it sounds awesome.  

    • Also, Disgaea with a world map, anyone?  I agree with what some people are saying: big changes would be awesome.  

  • Jirin

    Disgaea lost me when they stopped letting you learn abilities naturally by using them.

    They took out the one mechanic that removed the need to grind if you didn’t want to.

    I know some JRPG fans love grinding up their levels, and that’s fine.  Let them grind.  But I don’t.  Give me the option to just play through the story without grinding and still have the strength and abilities to win.

    • WyattEpp

      lol, what?  Getting mana is absurdly easy and it lets you level up your skills without having to use them repeatedly.  I mean, if you don’t want to learn a new system, fine; but saying it contributes to grinding is patently false.

      • Jirin

        Playing through D3 the same way I played through D1 and D2 I ended up with 1/3 of the skills.  And yeah, it’s easy to get AP for damage dealers, you have to deal with awkward chair positioning systems to get them on your healers.

        Why not, maybe, have both options?  You get skills way, way slower in D3 even using the full system.  It’s way harder to get a reasonable array of abilities if all you do is play the plot battles.

  • kupomogli

    *reads through comments.*

    Either another Disgaea or another RPG is what most fans what.  What I’d like, is for once, for NIS to make a good RPG.  Characters and story wise, Disgaea has been the best and it was good the first time I played it, but gameplay, I really think they’ve failed at just about every attempt.

    Or.  NIS should go and do what they’re good at.  Making amazing platformers.  Prinny and Prinny 2 are amazing.

    • Testsubject909

      ZHP was also a great good fun dungeon crawling loot and grind based game and definitely is something worth exploring further into.

      Think Shiren or Izuna or Chocobo Dungeon or Azure Dream if you’re wondering how the game plays.

  • HatsyaSouji

    To appease CoD-heavy truly moeblobs, HAVE ASAGI an FPS, with powerful voice-acting! And throw a bald space marine to Netherworld, Disgaea style!

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