PS4 RPG Natural Doctrine’s Characters Shown, Destructible Terrain Hinted At

By Eugene . September 26, 2013 . 1:35pm


 

Kadokawa Games Studio’s first fully-internal title, the unnaturally titled strategic RPG NAtURAL DOCtRINE (Ok, that’s the last time we’re spelling it that way) was recently announced, but information has been scarce since. We know the main protagonist is Jeff. and one of its core concepts is large numbers of allies and foes on the field at once.

 

Perhaps the stream of info will start here. Anime studio Ufotable’s first set of character designs are being shown off in the trailer above with Jeff, Vasilica and Anca. The video seems to hint that the two woman are somehow close to Jeff–interspaced fast cut shots of one or the other girl in Jeff’s arms. Could they be your romantic interest in the game?

 

The video also shows off a fight against an earth golem of some sort, with various characters fighting from entirely separate areas. What looks like Vasilica is slicing and dicing at the golem’s joints while a mage blasts the golem with a beam of blue laser light. There’s also shots of destructible terrain, such as when a minotaur crashes into a wall and demolishes it, which gives interesting promise to the possibility of hidden areas to discover or new routes to explore mid-battle.

 

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Poring through screenshots and perusing the video reveals lots more characters that have yet to be formally announced. We’re just guessing at this point, but based on how the screenshots look, the top row shows the turn for characters, which might have a combat system that comes in set turn blocks: Each larger white arrows indicating breaks between each group. The left side will display commands during battle. Your guess is as good as ours what the red and blue balls mean on the right.

 

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Natural Doctrine will be released for PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 22nd, 2014. It will also be available as a PSN download for the PlayStation 3 and Vita on the same day.

 

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  • Chris Yuen

    I need this. This seems like the Valkyria Chronicles successor that I have been looking for. Protag with two girls…hmm…VC3′s Kurt Irving with Riela and Imca, anyone? Guess we might get at least two endings if that’s the case?

  • EinMugenTenshin

    It looks like a Vandal Heart / Fire Emblem approach. I hope I am right. ^_^

  • Ava1on

    I laughed at the last character reveal. Introducing: Vasilica! Anca!

    …Jeff.

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      I know, what was the name “John” taken?

    • fyi1191

      Jeff-neric.

    • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

      I bet Jeffs of the world are ecstatic!!

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      At least he’s not called Guy. That name is just lazy and shame on the parents that name their children like that XD

      It’s like calling your son Dude.

    • Anime10121

      I l’dol XD

      Meet the awesome hero of this Japanese RPG! His name? Are you ready for it?

      ….Jeff!

    • ronin4life

      Could’ve been “Geoff”.
      Honestly, not sure which would be “worse”… ^ ,^

    • Pockystix

      Aerith and Bob principle

    • Kai2591

      Jap game developers have a naming-sense problem sometimes… :)

    • Kai2591

      Jap game developers have a naming-sense problem sometimes… :)

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

    This looks promising

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Looks pretty good so far. And that is one shaggy-looking dragon.

  • Deebo#Take What I Like

    I really hope i can change his name from Jeff lol

  • jengo

    Jeff… And Hometown Story has a Steve. Is this a trend coming out of Japan or the US localizers? Weird normal guy names.

    • Searcy J. McClain III

      Tom, Dick, and Harry DLC maybe….

  • Audie Bakerson

    I love tRPGs with describable terrain, but the “romance” element has me VERY wary. Things that make a deal out of romance this early tend to have really forced and awful romance.

    • Kai2591

      I share your concern.

  • TheExile285

    Calling it now, unofficial Valkeria Chronicles spiritual successor!

    Day one for Vita! (Maybe even PS4 debut depending on how good it is)

    • Kai2591

      yeah I’d buy a PS4 for this if it turns out to be awesome :)

  • Maxwell3000

    So far it looks very interesting. I want.

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

    Yeah, looks like I’ll be getting this =)

  • Valtiel Ikari

    the scene whit the chick in bed, using underwear looking at her sword was totally relevant for the future plot!

    • FlyingPony

      If there is any romance involve, we might get some saucy scene ahead in the game.

      I hope nobody is feakin out like they did in past, somehow I get this feeling that western people, actually, the small part western people in the gaming society is allergic toward any sexual content.

      Which ironic considering the volume of sexual content in many other media. TV show, movie, novel, advertisement, sport, everything around them have sex theme but when it made into game, it become a taboo..

      • ShadowDivz

        Amen brother.

      • Valtiel Ikari

        I was just being funny, just couldn’t let the opurtunity pass me, I’m pretty used to sexual content in the mangas I read, like Berserk, Devilman, Akumetsu RE:Birth Lunatic takers and such.
        An I agree whit you, (Batman: TDK Joker voice) no body minds in other medias, but put sexual content even in minimum dosis in a video game and every body goes crazy!

        • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

          Woohoo Berserk and Akumetsu! Albeit, the worst kind of sex tends to appear in those titles, lol.

          • Valtiel Ikari

            you know Berserk and Akumetsu! HI-FIVE DUDE!

          • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

            Yeah, hi-five! It’s sad that almost no one (even on the interwebs!) knows Akumetsu! It deserves so much more love~.

      • Hraesvelgr

        Sexual content is fine, as long as it’s tasteful, just like violence or any other “mature” content. I think a big problem with sexual content in video games is that developers tend to just play it up in an attempt to get more sales, rather than make it a meaningful addition to the game.

        Having said that, the shot in which we are speaking of is hardly anything I would consider “sexual content” and it doesn’t really imply that the game will have any, either.

        • ronin4life

          The contention between medias is that all other forms use sex to sell with little repercussion, but games don’t seem to get off so easy no matter what context it is in.
          Basically, you can have graphic sexual content anywhere as blatantly as you want for whatever purpose, unless it is a video game. And here lately, that is kind of what it feels like.

        • SageShinigami

          Violence is rarely EVER tasteful in a video game though.

  • Letiumtide

    All the grey at the beginning made my eyes constantly lose focus. The music is pretty much midi.

  • klkAlexar

    I really hope this turns out good.

  • http://www.play-asia.com/?affiliate_id=1573221 Ultrapieguy

    Looks amazing! I’d definitely buy this on the Vita or PS3.

  • Mimi

    the character designs kind of remind me of Fate/Zero for some reason.

    • doubleO7

      Ufotable, who did the animation production for Fate/Zero, is working on this game. So, yeah, its not a coincidence

  • Anime10121

    Will buy based off of that AWESOME ASS SONG alone! :D

    Game looks great too tho!

  • Impressionnant

    They could at least use the better spelling (Geoff).

    • SageShinigami

      Gee-off. That’s how I read that.

  • z_merquise

    Just looking at the other screenshots, looks like there will be other characters in your party other than the 3 revealed ones.

    I hope this is like Valkyria Chronicles or Fire Emblem where everyone in your party are unique with different design, personalities and backstories and not just some generic grunts.

    • Kai2591

      Man I hope so.

      This game gives off Valkyria Chrinicles, Fire Emblem, and maybe Suikoden vibes all at once :)

      and those blue/red lines around the characters remind me of XCOM: Enemy Within.

    • Kai2591

      Man I hope so.

      This game gives off Valkyria Chrinicles, Fire Emblem, and maybe Suikoden vibes all at once :)

      and those blue/red lines around the characters remind me of XCOM: Enemy Within.

  • ronin4life

    “…and one of its core concepts is large numbers of allies and foes on the field at once.”
    I like the sound of that… I have been getting a little annoyed of every SRPG having to be squad Vs MASSIVE DEATH ARMY.

    • Kai2591

      True that.

  • jujubee88

    You look breathe taking, babe. I just wanted you to know that. *scrough-throat sexyman voice*

  • Masa

    i would get excited as i really like the look of this but what are the chances of this even coming to us in the West. :(

  • Nitraion

    Hmm kinda itchy about graphics kinda “out of date to me”
    gameplay wise it remind me of VC series….
    it would be better if they adopt graphic with VC style or killer is dead IMO

    • Kai2591

      Yep, yep, and yep.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    I was like, “Man the CG looks great!” Then I saw ufotable pop up and I was like “Ahhh, that’s why. they do amazing stuff.”

  • Kevin Schwarz

    The plot is what matters to me when it coms to TRPGs. Character names are not that important.

  • Lemon

    Looks to me like a love triangle could possibly be brewing. At the 0:50 mark, during the somewhat strange “DNA Sequence” thing, it’s kinda obvious the blue, pink and yellow lines represent Jeff, Vasilisa (not Vasilica I think) and Anca respectively. The way the lines twirl and wind around each other is probably symbolic of their relationship, I think? Anyway, I like Anca’s design, but both girls look great. However, that brief shot of what seems to be a kiss scene kinda gives Anca a head start.

    • Kai2591

      The one with the head start tends to lose in the end *gasp* :O
      lol just just kidding not necessarily :)
      I’m leaning towards Anca too myself actually. dat ponytail.

      Speaking of which, now that you mentioned the DNA thing…mayhap it hints a generational system? Like Fire Emblem’s or Agarest. HMMMM.

    • Kai2591

      The one with the head start tends to lose in the end *gasp* :O
      lol just just kidding not necessarily :)
      I’m leaning towards Anca too myself actually. dat ponytail.

      Speaking of which, now that you mentioned the DNA thing…mayhap it hints a generational system? Like Fire Emblem’s or Agarest. HMMMM.

  • http://www.staticshin.com/ Akshat Jiwan Sharma

    Looks good. Sounds good. Let’s just hope that it plays good as well.

  • Chiupon

    wow this looks bad

  • Kyle Fedora

    Jeff?

    You don’t just name your protagonist “Jeff.”

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