Life Simulation RPG, Fantasy Life, On Track For 2012 Release

By Ishaan . July 18, 2012 . 9:00am

While they haven’t mentioned it for quite a while, one of the earliest Level 5 games announced for the Nintendo 3DS was Fantasy Life, a life simulation RPG co-developed with Brownie Brown, featuring art from Yoshitaka Amano and music from Nobuo Uematsu.


In Fantasy Life, you can take on jobs like miner, carpenter, tailor, chef, alchemist and more. This morning, confirmed that Fantasy Life is on track for release this year, along with new screenshots of the game, showing off various professions, the day-to-night transition, and the town. 


Fighting in Fantasy Life is supposed to be optional, with the game being more about “finding your own way of life,” according to Level 5. We got to try the game out last year, and you can read our hands-on impressions here.




Food for thought:

Fantasy Life appears to have undergone yet another change during its lengthy development process. The game was originally supposed to be for the Nintendo  DS and looked like this. Then, it was rebooted for 3DS and turned into this. Now, the final look Level 5 have chosen for the game is different yet again.

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  • Excellent… my sacrifices and future purchase of a 3DS will not be for naught. I must increase my sacrifices to ensure that this will come overseas along with the other games.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    One of my most anticipated title from Level-5 for 3DS there.^^
    Hoping that this will be a great succesful franchise for Level-5 there as they are still one of my favorite gaming companies that while maintaning their old franchises, keep coming out with new IP there.^^

  • MrRobbyM

    I’m happy with the final look of the game. 2D was nice but I think 3D gives it more life. The more cel-shaded look looked a bit too kiddy for me but still looked great. Great job, BB and L5. This will probably my first 3DS game.

  • XypherCode

    This is coming along quite nicely :D

  • Ethan_Twain

    You know, I’m really excited about this!  First of all, it’s a new IP.  That’s always exciting.  Secondly, it’s being published by Level 5.  I don’t like all Level 5 games, but I appreciate that all Level 5 software is extremely polished and any title from them is gonna look fantastic.

    What I didn’t realize before was that Brownie Brown is the developer.  These guys are some of the ultimate unsung heroes of Japanese development.  They were behind Mother 3 and more recently the level design credit of Super Mario 3D Land.

    Super Mario 3D Land had some of the best level design I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

    And lastly, I am really excited about the idea of being permitted to forgo combat entirely.  So many RPGs offer “freedom” in that they offer different ways to kill things.  But for all the choices available in Skyrim (for example), really all you’re choosing is HOW to do things, not what.  You will become a mighty warrior and you will solve your problems by killing them – no matter what choices you make.

    So despite being a 3DS game of far more limited scope, Fantasy Life is promising the option to choose what to do, not just how.  And that’s exciting!

    • puchinri

       That’s a great way of putting the freedom part for~. I like that, and that’s a great point.

  • So it’s a game of “Animal Crossing” and “Rune Factory” being put together???

    I like life simulation games so I probably like this one… Now let’s see if Level-5 decides to bring this over….

  • Leivinia

    Do I get metal limbs and an obligatory little brother trapped in a suit of armor if I choose to be an alchemist?

    • puchinri

      Or a female lead looking to make a successful atelier+shop~. I like both options, really.

  • SirRichard

    I had actually forgotten about this entirely, good to see that it’s still coming! The idea of making fighting entirely optional is interesting, here’s hoping they manage to  make all (or at least most) of the occupations fun enough to make that worthwhile.

  • wow almost forgot about that game good thing it’s still in development i want to play it.

  • This looks like it had the potential to be the first new Level 5 game that would’ve sold relatively well in quite some time, but I have this terrible feeling that the timing is really going to hurt it. 

    Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone could do decently for them this winter, too, but Fantasy Life was their shot at a new I.P. that could potentially have picked up some of the Harvest Moon / Rune Factory /Animal Crossing audience if they’d managed to get it out sooner and sent out a strong, focused message. 

    The problem is, with Harvest Moon, Rune Factory 4 and Animal Crossing all on 3DS this year, it makes you wonder if there’s going to be room for a fourth life-simulation game that’s similar to those three. (One that doesn’t even have the benefit of a well-known brand name behind it)

    • Ethan_Twain

      Do you know who’s publishing this title?  Since it’s being co-developed by Nintendo’s Brownie Brown I’m not sure which company would be handling those duties.  If it’s Nintendo, that means that there’s potentially a much bigger marketing budget behind it, right?

      • Level 5 will be publishing. Nintendo aren’t involved in any way outside of Brownie Brown co-developing. That’s actually pretty much the extent what BB have been up to in recent years–collaborating with third-parties for DS/3DS games. These are some of the other games, outside of Fantasy Life:

        Livly Garden (Marvelous)

        Blue Dragon Plus (AQ Interactive/Mistwalker)

        The London Life RPG mode in Layton 4 (Level 5, Nintendo in west)

    • Göran Isacson

      … Well NOW you’ve gone and spoiled the mood. Well, you and the development team for taking so long I guess. Do you think there is any way this game can stand out in comparison to those other games? Maybe if they market it based on the fact that it looks like this game seems to be like Harvest Moon, Rune Factory and Animal Crossing all wrapped up in one single game?

      • I… honestly don’t know. Level 5 have been so bad at reading the market and understanding their place in it of late. :(

    • puchinri

       Well, HM won’t be out in Japan again, right? Only RF4 and AC are competition, and I think there could potentially be room. But I guess we’ll see. I hope it goes well for them. ;u;

  • Mago Iichi

    If this is anything like Opoona I’m down.

    • puchinri

      Oh, goodness. Someone else who knows about Opoona. ;A;

      It’s one of my all time favorite games, and especially because of how diverse it is in all the activities and jobs and such. I’m really hoping this will become a lot like Opoona~. (And that ArtePiazza will have another opportunity to do a futuristic and/or life-sim RPG title.)

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Waga wanta waga wanta :D
    Looks excellent, hope we get a localization :)

  • stardusty

    Is this possibly a spiritual successor to the never released “True Fantasy Live Online” for the original xbox?  It was also developed by Level 5 and looked very similar in style. 

    • I don’t think so, no. Somehow, I doubt Level 5 will be attempting anything akin to True Fantasy Live Online for a while, haha.

  • puchinri

    That kind of reminds me of the concept for SAO. I like that a lot. I’ve been looking forward to the title since the original announcement, and more so now. ♥

  • Jessie Alvarez

    This has to come to the US. I know a little bit of Japanese but no where near enough… I guess I’ll keep learning then.

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