Square Enix RPG Bloodmasque Out Today; Dragon Quest IX Producer Involved

By Ishaan . July 25, 2013 . 10:00am

Square Enix’s latest RPG, Bloodmasque, is out on iOS devices today, and has you fighting against a vampire-controlled society in 19th century Paris. The game costs $6.99, and you can watch a trailer for it below:

 

 

Bloodmasque is produced by Ryutaro Ichimura, who was the producer of Dragon Quest IX. The game is being developed using Epic Games’ Unreal technology.


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  • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

    Guess what. This was originally Ichimura’s UE3 action RPG project.

    http://www.siliconera.com/tag/untitled-action-rpg/

    It was cancelled for home consoles.

    • JustThisOne

      Woah. How’d you figure this out? @___@

      • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

        I kept a close eye on this project since reveal. The fact that Ichimura is producer for the iOS game (as stated in the article above) and is running on Unreal Engine 3 is proof enough that the two are one and the same.

        Plus Kagari confirmed that the console incarnation got canned. So there’s that.

    • SMT

      yes, i remembered this one.
      meh……

  • alangato

    Someone know if this is a game made by SE internal staff ??

    • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

      Yes it is.

      • alangato

        Thanks Aurora, I thought it was being made by some other company.

        At the time of the Enix and Square merger , square had 8 internal teams I think, and the people at Enix were only producers, that worked with another companies, like Level 5, Game Arts and Tri-Ace, but now seems like the Enix side is expanding and now they have some internal dev teams, right? This game and Dragon quest X were made by Square enix, if I remember correctly…

        • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

          Yes, that’s true. There’s info on that here, albeit outdated. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Square_Enix&oldid=442555564#Production_teams

          Bloodmasque isn’t outsourced because Square Enix was recruiting staff specifically for this game. http://andriasang.com/comz5i/square_enix_unreal_first_art/

          I assume Ichimura is now head of one of those divisions, otherwise I can’t say for sure which production team is responsible for Bloodmasque.

          I am also unsure which team developed DQX.

          • alangato

            I guess that Square part is some 5 production teams, each with one or more teams at the same time. We just need to know what Kawazu and Ito are doing lol

            My guess is Kawazu is doing FF chronicles or something like that OR SaGa , hehe … Ito?? Maybe preparing(pre production) FFXVI and some rumours said that something related to FFVI was being made, but who knows

          • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

            RPGSite recently published an interview with Hashimoto asking what Itou is doing. http://www.rpgsite.net/interviews/457-talking-talent-western-development-&-sequels-with-final-fantasy-producer-shinji-hashimoto

            (Site is currently down though).

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          Your comment about Enix made me realize just how much I miss Quintet and Produce.

          • alangato

            Yeah, same here…tried to track down where quintet staff went and found that some worked os Shade, one composer went to gust I think, which explains some Quintet staff later working on Atelier Iris and some staff went to Tose lol

            But a lot of them seems to have just…disappeared…

  • JustThisOne

    I remember seeing this at E3~ But the way your face is kind of slapped on these characters kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies. It’s the unchanging eyes, man. *__* It gets kind of uncanny valley.

  • Pockystix

    it’s really depressing to see this, and read that title = w=

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Hmm, looks kinda interesting. The special attack was cool lol

  • Kei-chan

    Nice concept; why can’t Square make a full fledged open world game on a console set in 19th century Paris with Vampires. I’d say that be a lot cooler than this tablet game…

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