Fantasy Life Is A New Series For Level 5

By Ishaan . January 9, 2013 . 8:30am

Level 5 recently released their latest RPG, Fantasy Life, for the Nintendo 3DS, and it’s been selling out in Japan. While they try to get more copies onto store shelves, Level 5 are also thinking about the next game in the series.

 

Yes, Fantasy Life, unsurprisingly, is going to be an ongoing franchise. The news comes from Famitsu magazine (via: Game Jouhou), who asked a bunch of Japanese developers and publishers what their plans for the year ahead are.

 

Most developers gave the usual answers you would expect—expanding their brands, challenging new ideas and so on—but Level 5 specifically mentioned Fantasy Life, saying that they intend for it to be the first game in a larger series.

 

Given the success of the RPG and simulation genres on the Nintendo 3DS, it makes sense that Level 5 see greater potential in Fantasy Life. It should be interesting to see whether they add social features to the next game, given that such features have led to Animal Crossing: New Leaf being a breakout hit.

 

Other games that have found immense success due to communication elements in Japan are Dragon Quest IX and Tomodachi Collection on the Nintendo DS, the Monster Hunter series on PSP and 3DS, and of course, Pokémon.

 

Level 5 also added that they aim to find success in other areas of gaming as well, such as social games and smartphone titles.


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  • Bob Stockalockapoulos

    From what I can gather (and it wasn’t much in ten seconds) is that it looks like The Sims with a JRPG twist.

    I would love to give this a shot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.stokes.583 John Stokes

      Looks like a rune factory/animal crossing mash up with a Level 5 aesthetic to me. Looks sweet! can’t wait to try it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Good now let me play it in English :D

    • SirTeffy

      Level-5 DID open a US branch to get games like this over here…

      • TiredOfMyOldUsername

        Yeah, but they didn’t really use it until now…

        The only games they released in the 1 years and half since they have opened the US branch are 3 small eshop games…

        By comparison Xseed a much smaller compagny then Level 5 released 12 games in that 1 years and half.

        • SirTeffy

          Bear in mind one of their first projects (during their company startup) was working with NamDai on the localization of Ni no Kuni.

          • Elvick

            Also have to consider that Xseed was probably working on some of those games for awhile.

  • CirnoLakes

    Basically, it is an addition in the genre of fellow franchises like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. And I couldn’t welcome it more.

    *ehem*, now, can we have this game overseas?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      T_T You forget Magician Quest? I am sad.T_T

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I am really happy that Level-5 is finally having some love here. With the previous Cinderella rpg flopping so hard.(Even though the game is actually very fun lol and there are crazy amount of cameo.^_^)
    Finally they get something right. Hope that this game will be able to grow even bigger in this time where sequal keep pumping out and new IP is considered as something taboo by big companies.^_^ Go Go Level-5.^_^

  • Nickie

    Marriage in the sequel and localization announcement and this year will be one of the best years ever!

  • Aoshi00

    Not sure how I feel about Fantasy Life turning into a franchise.. like Inazuma Eleven it has so many games I lost count.. If it’s like Layton I guess it’s alright.. would it be able to keep up the quality, w/ Amano artwork and Uematsu music? Anyway, my copy just arrived tonight, was frantically trying to open it to see if mini-soundtrack was included, AmiAmi never failed :) The Amano cover art looks awesome!

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