Time and Eternity May Continue On As A Series

By Ishaan . October 23, 2012 . 9:00am

Despite low sales, Time and Eternity may continue as a series, according to Namco Bandai producer, Kei Hirono, who recently discussed the game (via: ANN) with Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web website.


Hirono stated at the end of the talk that he aims to turn Time and Eternity into a series and hopes that fans will continue to support him and the development team.


The existing game, Time and Eternity: Toki Towa, developed by Imageepoch, has been described as an “HD animation RPG,” and features 20,000 cuts of anime footage, provided by studio Satelight.


Namco Bandai released Time and Eternity: Toki Towa on October 11th. The game sold 32,215 copies in its first week.

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  • venomryu

    at lest wait till it comes out here in the states first 

  • Cool, hope it sell better in US and we’ll get the localization consistently like Hyperdimension Neptunia.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    *trying hard not to laugh*

  • negineBIT

    More badass female protagonist? Sold~!

    • Godmars

      Sorry, but I want a return to competent – or at least involving – narrative and plot.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      She’s not even a badass both personalities just melt over each other.

  • There’s been people reviewing it in English already:


    It doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence reading it, unfortunately.  Then again, the guy does look like he’s a bit against Imageepoch anyways from the first sentence…

    • Yet everything he’s said about the game is true…

    • Luna Kazemaru

       lol I hate the game to death.

    • LynxAmali


      Don’t read em.
      Don’t like em.
      Don’t trust em.

      And besides, I actually disagree with a lot of stuff in there.

      • William Carpenter

        How can you “not trust” a review when a review is nothing more than an opinion?

        That’s all a review is. There’s no way to objectively review art, there’s no science to it.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Say if someone who only plays Madden, NBA2k and Call of Duty reviewed a game like Criminal Girls. In that situation, you can easily not trust a review.

          • William Carpenter

            Well for one thing, that’s not the case here in the above example. Elliot is clearly not a bro-gamer. And there are plenty of specialized sites that cover niche games where you don’t have to worry about someone (rightfully) tearing apart Criminal Girls because it’s not like Modern Warfare.

            And another thing, reviewers aren’t meant to be the antagonist. Read their words, judge for yourself if the game is right for you. They’re not out to get you. They’re not trying to trap you. If you read a review written by someone with tastes that don’t mesh with yours, oh well, big deal. That’s their opinion, you have yours. Is their opinion still valid? Certainly! As are yours. Not to mention, just because they like different games than you do doesn’t mean they can’t properly criticize any genre. A fresh set of eyes is sometimes a good thing to have, rather than someone who has been deep in the niche trenches for years.

          • This game hasn’t exactly been getting stellar reviews in Japan either, though!

        • LynxAmali

          Because I really don’t care what other people have to say on games?

          I’ll play a game if I want. Frequently, the reviews I’ve read are more people examining games far more than they should.

          • JohnThackr

             How do you decide whether or not you want to play a game without hearing what other people (including magazines, advertisers, PR people for the developers and publishers) have to say?

          • LynxAmali

            Because normally, trailers are all that’s needed to hook me?

            Hell, if listened to reviewers, magazines and what not, I would have never picked half the games in my library. Most notably, the Duel Masters games and the Robopon titles.

      • To be fair, it’s an impression.  Not a review.  That will be up this next week.

        But off the bat, this is what he has to say.  Whether or not that changes or not isn’t clear.

    • DesmaX

      “In general, Tokitowa doesn’t try to make sense of its story,
      simply choosing to roll with the punches instead and grind the pace to a
      halt in the name of a flat joke. At the same time though, it’s just
      stupid/ridiculous enough that I kind of want to know what happens next. I
      guess that’s a positive?”

      Though that would be the case. I mean, it has Time Travel (It’s really hard to make a consistent story with that)… FF XIII-2 story was already a mess

  • Wilson Wei

    The game is too focus on visual, it really lacks gameplay… Even Neptunia series seems like a AAA jRPG when compared to Tokitowa…

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Thats a bit too much

    • Hraesvelgr

      To be honest, I would say its visuals are lacking, too. Sure, not as much as its gameplay, but…

    • A “AAA” title? From CH? lmao

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This game does had a big flawed sadly. While all the idea is nice, the implementation process is not as good as it should be.

    The battle system can be a bit boring in a long run as both M.C and foes has limited moves.

    Hope that the second Toki Towa can be better.^_^ I mean if Neptunia on their first one did badly can change into better in the second series, why can’t this one?^_^

    • Kibbitz

      It does need either enough sales or something else to convince the backers to give a second instalment a chance though. If this is being localized as I hear it is, that could be a second chance for it if it does well enough. Like Neptunia, I guess? Neptunia seems to have a similar starting history with its first title.

    • Hidayat246

      condition of both developer is different IMO

      Idea factory is very comfortable with the condition (see otaku) that why they are not afraid about their games not sold >100k units or even out from japan

      but imageepoch want to change the situation of J-RPG (see JRPG CONFERENCE) but the fact is they do not have the ability to do that. Sex mini game for promotion toki towa & no playable built in TGS 2012, is like imageepoch know about the condition of their own.

      • Vash bane

        o.O sex mini game? you dont mean the shower one?

        • Hidayat246

          what do you think *_^ LOL

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Should have made it into an Anime from the start, Just saying.

  • rurifan

    I can’t think of any aspect of Tokitowa that I’d like to see retained for a sequel.

    • The music. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I was listening to the Etrian Odyssey IV OST.


      • rurifan

        Surprisingly, I do agree there. The music is pretty good in places (I like the undead forest etc).  Unfortunately tainted by the mind crushing boredom. :-)

  • Good news, I was a little worried with those sales… I’ve just started the thing, it’s FABULOUS!

  • Neophoton

    I remember this game not being so well-received. I panned on it myself because it didn’t seem that great beyond being totted for the animations… that turned out to be choppy and awkward at best.

  • I’ll be buying this in hopes of getting the OST.

    I can never get enough tunes by Yuzo Koshiro.

  • Localize it so I can play it, and experience it for myself please. =^_^=

  • I’m about halfway through this game right now and really not sure that I’ll finish.  I can’t really say that it’s a good game, but I do feel that they had a lot of great ideas.  It seems instead like they ended up having to compromise on their ideas and goals to actually deliver a product.

    Not sure if this ended up being an issue of deadlines or technology limitations for them, but really Tokitowa just feels unfinished.  This is probably why they are thinking of it as a series, so they can take their base product and actually finish it.

    That said, I would totally check out any follow up to this series.  As I said, rather than being good or bad, it feels like a game length demo, framed out to demonstrate a projects viability.  Considering I’ve stuck with it half way through, I can only imagine really enjoying a second release that had more time to work on all the things they know need to be fixed/enhanced/changed.

    • rurifan

      I’m not sure if the ideas were great, but it certainly feels like they gave up on them. It’s hard to forgive how little effort they put into the two main gimmicks — anime-like experience and split heroine personality.  Both of them barely register. :-/

    • That DOES sound pretty disappointing… 

      I am actually inclined to hear what hindered the making of this game. From the sound of the comments, it was a bunch of great ideas with poor execution, and not enough attention paid to the game around said ideas… I hope they can improve if they go ahead with a sequel!

  • Göran Isacson

    Having seen the preview over at Japanator, I have to admit that I’m feeling more than a little bit mood-crushed. To hear that the combat feels stiff, exploration feels dull and the story juvenile is something I suppose I suspected deep down in my soul, but I just hoped it could rise above. OH well…

    At least I called that the dragon WAS the prince. I would point and laugh at those who decried it as bunk and extol my ability to accurately predict plot beats and tropes in advance, but to be honest I’m just not in the mood.

  • MrJechgo

    Doesn’t the ending of the first game is a game changer ? How’s that gonna translate to sequels ?

    • komiko12

      Obviously one of them will have to be taken as the canon ending.

  • Hidayat246

    maybe is like this

    Toki To Towa Series = Vaklyria Chronicle Series

    • Luna Kazemaru


      • Hidayat246

        @ValkyriaXEdge:disqus  just look back when first VC released followed by VC 2 & 3. the bad dream in video game history will be happen again.

        my guess Toki To Towa sequel is for Nintendo 3DS, why spend more money for ps3 if u can spend little money in 3DS for sequel???????? bussines is always bussines!!!!!

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