Disgaea 4 Director, Soul Nomad Designer Working On New Vita RPG

By Spencer . September 30, 2013 . 12:12am


Idea Factory is teasing a new RPG for Vita and Masahiro Yamamoto is in charge of it. You may not recognize the name, but you probably played some of Yamamoto’s games, he’s the game designer of Soul Nomad & the World Eaters and the director of Disgaea 4.


Compile Heart will release the unnamed RPG from Yamamoto in 2014.

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  • Andrew Arndt

    hmmm this could be awsome

    • or it hype trash just with cute chicks and the fact that they worked on the disgaea games

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Disgaea games are great though, especially 4

        • True Disgaea games are great of all of them i love Disgaea 1 better then the rest

          • Derek E Nay

            Disgaea is good. But I am going to have to say 4 was the best. Both gameplay and story. Not saying that Disgaea’s story is bad, in fact I like it; but to me 4 was better.

            And gameplay wise? Disgaea’s gameplay has always gotten better with each addition.

          • Notquitesure?

            I really enjoyed the relationship between Valv and artina

          • D4’s themes kind of made it die for me but over all it was way better the D2. And yes Disgaea gameplay has always gotten easier with each addition. Back in Disgaea 1 lv up was done with mastering weapons and things but over time they just drop that out. But happily Weapon Mastery has returned it made the game a true grinding rpg.(to me that is)

          • Derek E Nay

            Has weapon mastery came back? I have been in a media blackout with D2 since I gave my PS3 to my ex and our son.

          • Yep It’s back and I hope it stays.

  • ZekeFreek

    Why they get rid of D4’s director? What could he possibly have done wrong?

    • Aesma

      ? What? “Masahiro Yamamoto is in charge of it.”
      He is the director of D4 and he is in charge of this new game. …where did you get the ‘get rid of’?

      • Yause

        Check the change of company.

        • Aesma

          Maybe it’s a joint project or something? Is there any source that confirms him being… discharged?

      • ZekeFreek

        It’s Idea Factory. Clearly he left NIS for some unfathomable reason or another.

        • Aesma

          But sometimes IF and NIS work together, right? That’s why I thought it’s a joint project or something. Is there any source that confirm this?

        • Landale

          Takehito Harada. Mugen Souls.

          Not the first time someone from Nippon Ichi worked on an Idea Factory game.

          • Takehito Harada is not the artist in Mugen Souls.

          • Landale
          • This article is mistaken. Harada is only the designer for /one/ character, and that is Selfina – a DLC character. All in game event art is drawn by Nanameda Kei, while the bath CGs are by the Agarest Wars artist Hirano Katsuyuki.

          • Landale

            Ok, so it takes you two months to get back to this, and you basically just shoot yourself in the foot in the discussion anyway. A quick check on the game’s site, he’s credited among the character designers. So, did he work on the game? YES. Did he design everything? No. Does the article I provided say he’s the only artist involved in the game? No.

          • PoweredByHentai


            There’s the OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

            That said:


          • Ladius

            Yes, he is, you can easily check this if you don’t believe it.

          • No, he is /not/. Maybe if you’d do some research you could easily check this /fact/. Nanameda Kei is the artist of Mugen Souls.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘Soul Nomad designer’

    ya have my attention.

  • Kitestwinblades

    The weapon silhouettes on the characters at both ends…
    An Anchor shaped Scythe and…is that a stake and cross…with FINGERS?
    Its probably a long shot but I think the 2nd one has earphones. I’m more interested in seeing if they’re wearing a hat or have some kind of ears or horns like all of the other ones(maybe both!). The 4th one definitely shows signs of standing on loot but given how everyone else has something unusual, there’s probably a catch. ~Living loot bag~
    Nah… I-It couldn’t be

    The wait for the character reveal is already building my hype!
    I’m expecting great things if Masahiro Yamamoto is in charge!

    • Shady Shariest

      It’s sad how people under-estimate the raw power of silhouette revealing their characters :3
      I have practically stalked Disgaea D2’s site for DLC-reveals >.3

      • Landale

        I went ahead and highlighted some of the things I found fascinating about those silhouettes. Left to right, the first and third girl seem to have tails, the third with a massive heart end to it. Second girl seems to have two massive claw like hands, except one seems to be detached at a closer look? So very odd. Fourth girl is holding an awful lot of candy. The hand Kitestwinblades pointed out on the sixth seems to line up fairly well with the scarf-like thing on the fifth, which would give her an oddity beyond just standing on loot.

        • Kitestwinblades

          *Mind-blown* Nice catch xD

        • Shady Shariest

          If their background is anything to give, heart-end tail most likely hints to a Succubi, or a celestial counterpart… And as a fox-fanatic i hope that one of the tails has a foxy one on the other end of it.

          Claw hand is pretty easy to explain, as a cheap-ish yet innovative way of making claw-weapons interesting is to either make them float, be detached or have bling, bling :3

          My thoughts there, nice job on highlights!

          Edit: Tinfoil affected my commenting, fixed derps :3

          • Kitestwinblades

            Fox-fanatic! Kindred Spirits =⁰w⁰=

  • Pockystix

    color me interested~

  • Shady Shariest


  • HassanJamal

    Vita exclusive? D4 director? Soul Nomad Designer? Well…count me in!

  • SuBw00FeR

    Well…shit. Don’t think my hype-train can get any longer!

  • DyLaN

    Hmm… the silhouettes looks like Harada style. I could be wrong though.

    On an unrelated note, the twin-tails silhouette reminds me of Chou-Chou and the one in the far right reminds me of Rei SPOILERHDD formSPOILER.

    • Landale

      I’m not seeing the similarities as far as the far right one goes. As for the twin-tailed one, not really seeing that either. Then again, when the company has a habit of doing that look to the point of overkill, drawing any comparisons based on just that trait alone feels impossible.

      • DyLaN

        For the far right one, its the horns-like thing on the head.

        For the twin-tails, its her overall style and pose.

        • Landale

          I’m still not really seeing it. But, thinking on Chou-Chou has me thinking thematically about these designs and I’m kinda wishing there was one more character there. The characters definitely give off a demonic vibe, the first is being weighed down by an anchor, the second has massive clawed hands, the third seems royal, the fourth has an excess of candy, the fifth has loot and possibly an extra hand, the sixth is wielding the male and female gender symbols. Sloth, Wrath, Pride, Gluttony, Greed, Lust. Missing a character with an Envy vibe.

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, it does reminds me of Harada art. But he isn’t the type to over-design their characters

  • Look forward to the reveal of these silhouettes.

    More Vita RPGs. More fun. (Medabots reference)

    • MyBodyIsReady

      I didn’t know there were Playstation Vita’s in medabots

      • There isn’t. Just referencing the tagline the TV show used, that’s all.

  • What people need to do is research this, he AND his team have left NIS, having jumped ship to Compile Heart. For those curious his colleagues would include the Disgaea team. Which would explain why that art is so similar to Harada’s… since it likely is.

    • Landale

      So, honest question here, do you have any proof as to what you’re saying. Seems like kind of a big thing, something that would’ve come up on this site, yet it hasn’t.
      I’m trying to look into it, but lack of understanding of the language does kind of impede that.

      • Spirate

        Apparently it’s not just Yamamoto and his team, but other employees as well: http://m.neogaf.com/showpost.php?p=84092617

        • Landale

          Interesting. Looking the thread over, it seems not everyone is heading to Idea Factory though. Makes sense for them to head to them though, they’ve worked together quite a bit and if what some of the rumors on WHY they’re leaving from that thread are accurate then it makes sense that they’d bail for whatever they can.

        • Göran Isacson

          Man, that is… pretty damn heavy. I really wonder what the scandal was all about, since this is the first I hear about it. And then poor Asagi gets caught in the crossfire…

        • DesmaX

          Daaaaamn. But NIS is at fault there too, shady business at it’s finest.

          But, that report was from June, and N1 CEO reported that D5 was in the works at July


          So I wonder how they’re gonna do it (and, kinda funny that he said “I intend it to surpass the first game”…)

    • Ladius

      His team apparently isn’t the whole Disgaea team (Disgaea 5 is in pre-production), and Harada already cooperated with Idea Factory for the Mugen Souls series, so having him on board with this project doesn’t mean he won’t work with NIS anymore.

      It’s sad Yamamoto left NIS with his team and other developers, but that doesn’t mean the Disgaea series or NIS is dead.

    • Posting 2ch rumours counts as “research” now?

  • Raze

    Girls main chara?

    Not convinced to buy it…..
    But I’ll be sure to check the news for this….

    • True

      I hope you know that that sounded kinda sexist.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        Yeah, I second this. Reword it before things get out of hand.

  • Joshua Myers

    I’m on board definitely gonna buy it

  • zferolie

    the outlines only got me interested.

  • Aristides

    Hype! Hype! :P

  • SlickRoach

    I already like the characters and I haven’t even seen them yet. And more Vita games yeah!

  • ragingmerifes

    Immediate hype. Day one import.

  • amagidyne

    So all these NIS folks left for Compile Heart? Talk about a deal with the devil..

    • Leon_Tekashi

      I guess Compa was too sweet to them, they got spoiled and want to be with her. lol Yeah i’m going to get shot now. :P

  • isotrex

    Jumping into the bandwagon of hype!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

  • Calintz YT

    God another crappy loli rp.

  • Learii

    I hope not another SRPG

  • It’s a wait and see for me. Even though D4 was great I don’t know how to feel about this game being made by Idea Factory.

  • Albert Calderon

    The silhouettes look interesting so far. I like his work, so I’ll wait and see how it turns out.

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