Vita Title Turns Madoka Magica Into A Third-Person Action Game

By Eugene . September 17, 2013 . 1:30pm

Both the original storyline and unique Soul Gem battle system for Namco Bandai and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z developer Artdink’s upcoming title Puella Magi Madoka: The Battle Pentragram have been released.

 

 

Going into battle during the Night portion of the game, players choose one magical girl to control as she delves into a witch’s domain alongside an AI-controlled partner. The game then turns into a 3D action-adventure title. Players have health and mana bars to manage, with more powerful skills costing more mana to use.

 

 

Both are finite resources, but it’s possible to recharge them using the Soul Gem system. Each character has a Soul Gem that starts off at three charges. One charge will completely refill either health or mana, while three brings a girl back to life if she falls in battle. While it’s possible to level up Soul Gem charges by defeating bosses, players will have to carefully manage this limited resource.

 

 

The original story is supervised by Magica Quartet—the series’ creators—and is a “What if” take on the Madoka series. The Madoka series has girls exchanging their souls for Soul Gems to become magical girls who fight witches and monsters. Unfortunately, Soul Gems which absorb too much grief and despair turn their users into the very witches they fight against.

 

 

The Battle Pentagram starts from the first two Puella Magi Madoka movies, but spins off when main heroine Madoka Kaname makes a different wish: Wishing instead for “All five girls to have the faith and reliance on each other to defeat Walpurgis Night,” the game now sets players to building up the bonds of trust and friendship between the five magical girls: Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi, Mami Tomoe, Sayaka Miki and Kyoko Sakura as they seek to destroy the witches plaguing the human world.

 

 

To do so, the Day half of the game will have players conversing characters with one another to build relationship hearts. How players perform with each other during the Night battle half will also affect these bonds. Each girl comes equipped with their own form of weaponry: Madoka uses a bow with light arrows, while her main partner Homura can control time and uses more conventional guns. Mami and Sayaka are polar opposite weapon users, the former using long-range ribbons and rifles and the latter a sword and fast speed to dash up to foes. Kyoko uses a chained staff that lets her either keep her distance or get in close.

 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram will be out for the Sony PlayStation Vita in winter 2013.

 

     



  • Chris Yuen

    /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\: step right up, little girls…(forcibly) taking all Grief Seeds!

    • Taedirk

      I wish this would be localized. Bring it, space cat!

      • chibiwall

        I would know who are voting down… Probably some guy who hates the console. It’s on vita, deal with it and buy a psv you too.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          it’s namco bandai.. so, I doubt

      • MattDaemon

        Hahahahaa.. space cat.. that a brilliant way to call Kyubei.

  • Tenshiken

    I think Madoka Magica is popular enough to warrant a localization, if at least digital only, anyone else think so?

    • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

      I’d agree if there was any evidence at all that the series has been successful over here, given how they aren’t even bothering with dubbing the movies… or printing the DVDs/Blurays in America, and instead importing…

    • Lynx

      It’s not actually. It’s still a niche series.

      I’d also blame that on Aniplex USA’s handling of the series. At least, a tiny bit.

      • Zetsuei380

        Yeah Aniplex is partially to blame, particularly with them being EXPENSIVE. Seriously, $50 bucks just for FOUR episodes on blu-ray. You could buy a dvd of an entire season from funimation with that money.

        • Lynx

          You’re also forgetting most Funi releases now are combo packs with Blu-Ray AND DVD. Think about that for a minute and compare it to Ani’s.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      the same case as SAO Infinity moment.. it’s namco bandai, so maybe no.. for anime spin-off game

  • ZetaSiren

    Um just a heads up, It’s Mami Tomoe not Marie :P

    • Akemi Homura

      This, seriously. The exact same mistake was made in the last article, and pointed out as well.

      • Brimfyre

        I think they are making a pun on Marie Antoinette

        • Mugen555

          But its her name, not some parody

          • Altin

            It’s Esty Dee all over again xD

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

        Wasn’t this like a bad 4kids meme back some time ago?

        ’4kids localizes [insert anime here]‘ and here are the names. I think Marie WAS actually used for Mami.

        I just saw one for Touhou today…oh boy. Reimu Hakurei being Rachel Heartway, Cirno being Snowy Susie. Too much.

    • Dat Nigga Ova Der

      “HEADS” up. huehuehuehuehue

  • Junko Enoshima

    Homura x Madoka forever.

  • chibiwall

    OMG! I want this so bad….

  • Thomaz Barros

    I for one welcome Madoka Warriors

  • Holylifestar

    Actually looks kinda nice. Never watched Madoka but this game looks OK :O.

  • http://truner.beluva.hu/ Truner Razer

    There goes all of my money.

  • Milla

    the models do not look good in screens, but i like madoka so im willing to look past that. import day1

  • ivanchu77

    Any chance to get this localized?

    • TheExile285

      None

      You could import though

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

        We could wish for it……… =P

        • Renaldi Saputra

          make a petition then..

      • ivanchu77

        I guess so.

        but hey, we got the anime localized so maybe there´s a small chance :)

        ….but yeah, hopefully someone does a faq with a translation of the dialogues or something, there´s no point in playing a story heavy game if you can´t undestand it :(

        • TheExile285

          Even if Vita had an install base like 3DS or PS3, I don’t think it would be localized. This is just one of those anime games which we don’t get regardless :/

        • Pyrotek85

          Agreed, I hate it when the only option is ‘just import it’. I wouldn’t even mind buying a separate imported system to play it on if it were required, but the problem for me is the language barrier.

        • Lynx

          -but hey, we got the anime localized so maybe there´s a small chance :)

          We also got SAO localized. Did we get Infinity Moment?
          We also got Accel World localized. Did we get those games?

          We got Zoids Fuzors localized. Did we get Versus III, Fullmetal Crash or Zoids Saga DS: Legend of Arcadia localized?

          Sadly, no. For all of those games, we did not get them.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            games from anime spin-offs usually don’t get localized.. those who got localized are mostly shounen jump series (with One Piece only in Europe), except Toriko

          • Lynx

            -anime spin offs

            You know what the definition of ‘spin offs’ mean, right?

            Two of those examples are penned by the original author who happens to be the same for both.

            Versus III and Saga DS are parts of the official Battle Story of Zoids. Fullmetal Crash, I will give you though.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            maybe I was wrong typing, wasn’t I?
            anw, I understand about the “spin-off” definition

          • Taedirk

            It’s like the shitstorm from a while ago over that quote on selling anime games that aren’t Naruto/DBZ. It just doesn’t work out for NA markets.

    • Robbyfishersora

      Probably not. The only anime games we get are naruto and One Piece , DBZ which are all shonen stuff.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        except Toriko

      • Zetsuei380

        Well we are getting Senran Kagura for the 3ds, we recently got a Project Diva game for the PS3, and a Idolm@ster game for the IOS. So there is that possibility of a localization, seeing how popular the Puella Magi franchise is.

        • Robbyfishersora

          Okay there away hope we them.

        • TheExile285

          Seran Kagura is made by Marvelous AQL who owns XSEED, Sega COMPLETELY ignored the Vita version of Project Diva and iOS is iOS.

          If this weren’t a Namco game, we might have a chance. However it is a Namco game and this is a company which refused to release the Vita version of Pirate Warriors 2 EVEN THOUGH the PS3 version AND who refused to localize the One Piece 3DS games for NA EVEN THOUGH EU was getting them and 3DS is region locked.

          By comparison, they ARE localizing DBZ Battle of Z on Vita as a DD only release.

          Not trying to bash Namco (today) or be pessimistic but I just can’t see this getting localized based on what Namco has done in the past. Maybe if this was a Naruto game or if Madoka was SUPER popular in the West.

          • Zetsuei380

            Oh yeah Namco, forgot about that. Oh well, while I’m not holding my breath for this game, I’m not going throw out the possibility of a localization.

          • ShadowDivz

            Marvelous owns Xseed?
            Senran Kagura’s localization makes alot more sense now.

          • DyLaN

            That and its not adapted from anime.

    • tubers

      Sony has a new 3rd Party relations division and it’s the last week for “request”.

      http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/08/30/more-great-games-coming-to-playstation-via-third-party-production-team/

      https://twitter.com/giocorsi

      “OK, last week to get in your requests & wishes for what you want to see on #PS3 #PS4 #PSVita #PlayStation Let me know! #Buildingthelist”

      tag it: #PSVita and #BuildingTheList

      • Renaldi Saputra

        you forgot that it’s handled by Namco Bandai.. and you know Namdai won’t localize almost all anime spin-off game

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

    I want to play this so bad. Madoka needs a localization.

    Where’s Kyubey so I can make a wish………..

    • Sentsuizan_93

      Careful. You might end up being a magical girl.

      • chibiwall

        I would pay with my head… after finish the game, obviously

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

        I’m already magical =P

        • Z_

          And I’m a girl(JK)…..

          Wanna fusion dance?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Don’t make a wish upon that sewer rat. He’s lying his ass off about what is really going on from the start.

      • JustThisOne

        Who cares if he’s lying, yo! You get a wish! :>

        What if you just wished you were normal?

        • DyLaN

          KAZUMI MAGICA SPOILERS:

          Kazumi wished she was a normal human so she gets a human body that immediately transformed into a MG body. But her wish is granted in a way since she have become an individual being instead of a clone of Michiru.

          So you will still be a MG anyway.

          • JustThisOne

            Yeah, but that’s different. She wasn’t human in the first place. I’m sayin’ what if you wished to stay human? :>

            /KAZUMI SPOILERS

          • DyLaN

            I believe your body will still turn into a MG one anyway. So no escape.

          • JustThisOne

            Or maybe you’ll just never be a witch. :>

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

        But-but my wish.

        • MattDaemon

          I bet you wish to get a boyfriend.. Kuroki-san.

      • DyLaN

        *points to some of the Kazumi Magica characters*
        Most character from there doesn’t get screwed by their wish because its more or less what they really want.

  • Kayseur

    Graphisms aren’t looking that good, too blurry, I guess it’s because it’s not native res. But I tried to view them on my Vita and it’s decent, now if it’s dynamic enough (we should get to see a video at the upcoming TGS) I’m totally importing this.

    Edit : Oh and the HUD is pretty cheap-looking as well, but whatever I guess. I just want to play as a Magical Girl witch a chained spear.

  • Highasthesky

    So i don’t need to understand it + the vita isn’t region locked….need i say more?

    • Detrimont

      vita isnt region locked

      • JustThisOne

        I think he meant to say it wasn’t. xD Probably just a typo.

      • Highasthesky

        Thank you, i already corrected myself. My mind was somewhere else as i was typing.

  • mike dickson

    the word of the day is IMPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    huh, this looks pretty interesting

  • TheExile285

    I wasn’t interested in this when it was first announced, but looking at more screenshots, it seems like it could be promising. Need to see some gameplay.

    Still NEVER gonna watch that anime….

    • ivanchu77

      Why not? it´s a great anime

      • ShadowDivz

        TheExile hates anything mainstream.

        Hence the name: Exile.

      • DyLaN

        In a reply to me, he thinks it looks too depressing.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    luckily Vita is region free..

  • notentirelythere

    This looks like a fun game, and I know Shaft sets daunting visual standards for other adaptations and spin-offs, but…
    The models are proportionately and stylistically dissonant to the character portraits, the environments look dead, and the HUD elements are HUUUGE and bland.
    Though, I definitely appreciate using Soul Gems as a long-term energy management system. There’s a really fun lil’ dojin sidescrolling beat-em-up that went for something similar with an entropic stage cycling system. People getting antsy over PMM: The British Petroleum might tide themselves over searching for that gem.

    • miju

      GS is definitely the most fun Madoka game out there and I really like their soul gem system more than the one in the official PSP dungeon crawler.

    • DyLaN

      >The British Petroleum
      Sounds like a fanfic/parody title there :P

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    I want to play this now please localize

  • TrueDefault

    This news makes my day! This is the one game I would consider importing if it never gets localised!

  • ShadowDivz

    After you build up their trust enough do you unlock an H-scene?

  • Alestaos

    I know this has got a low level of being released in the west, i can still have hope right? This is one of the best series i have watched and read. If i need to import how badly do i need to understand japanese…dumb question but i dont speak a word or read it…i guess the true question is how hard would it be to navigate the game in jap for me?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      maybe for most of Japanese action shooting game, you don’t need much japanese knowledge to understand it.. just with reading and understanding katakana and you’ll 90% understand the whole game

      • Alestaos

        Is there a good site or place i can visit to start understanding that

        • Renaldi Saputra

          well, idk however..

  • DyLaN

    So this is another alternate timeline type of story? I hope this means they will finally acknowledge the Kazumi/Oriko Magica characters this time….. Just a cameo will be enough! Or just let the Madoka cast fights the witch form of those characters.

    Hmm…. some of those dungeons and familiars are new. Like the SS that has Homura wielding a machine gun and the one where Kyoko fights a pair of hands.

    Not even going to guess the localization chance.

    • universalperson

      Actually they aren’t new. The giant hands, for example, first appeared in the PSP game.

      • DyLaN

        Interesting. Which witch barrier they came from?

        • universalperson

          Elsa Maria (the shadow witch)

  • Göran Isacson

    These are some pretty blurry graphics, I got to admit… but the storyline has some potential to be a possibly uplifting version of Madoka, where the girls can actually work together instead of their dysfunctions ruining them. Guess we’ll see how the writing will work out…

    • Red Veron

      Keep in mind that these are blown up images of a vita game. It also looks like these were originally made to be smaller (from wherever the screens are from) then blown up again on Siliconera’s gallery.

  • Aristides

    I can’t help if I’ll ever get to play this…

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