Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Developers On Why They Made A Fighting Game

By Sato . October 11, 2013 . 3:12am

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Dengeki Bunko, known for publishing popular light novels such as Sword Art Online and A Certain Magical Index, are currently collaborating with Sega to make a crossover fighting game called Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, featuring characters from many different series.

 

During the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival, director Takaharu Terada plus co-producers Ryutaro Nonaka and Juro Watari talked about the upcoming arcade title with 4Gamer.

 

“While Dengeki Bunko do have many titles that have been made into games, there aren’t actually too many where you can play as their characters in an action-style game,” says Nonaka.

 

“I think I speak for us all when I say ‘I want to be able to play as Shana, Asuna, Misaka, and Kirino. And ‘I want to pull off that move from that title,’ so that’s why we made it into a fighting game,” added Terada.

 

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Asuna from Sword Art Online or Shizuo from Durarara!! naturally fit into an action-based game or fighter. However, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will also feature characters such as Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo, who will be quite different from your average brawler.

 

Terada chimed, “Even for us, we consider it a dream-like fighting game.”

 

“As you mentioned, Dengeki Bunko titles consist of many character who can fight, but we’re thinking about adding characters who don’t fit that image, appear in the game,” Nonaka teased. “It is truly a dream fight, or a dream match-up, if you will.”

 

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Terada mentions that the concept for the game is to not only have serious battles, but to be able to say “Let’s be excited and fight among each other, as fans!” He would like for the players to consider it as a party for Dengeki Bunko.

 

Finally, a message from the three, for the fans of Dengeki Bunko.

Ryutaro Nonaka, Co-Producer: “While the game is also considered a ‘character game,’ we’re putting a lot of effort into developing the game itself, so it won’t only be about the character charm. We’ll be revealing more and more characters, so please look forward to our future announcements.”

 

Takaharu Terada, Director: “I believe that this title will also be interesting to fans of the characters and series, who’ve never even touched a fighting game before. We’re doing our best to make this game not only for the advanced players, but also something that will be easier for beginners to get into, so it’d be nice to see girls and other players give it a try.”

 

Juro Watari, Co-Producer: “This will be the fourth collaboration between Sega and Dengeki Bunko, and so far the development is looking like it’ll be much better than any of the works before. I know that some may be thinking ‘why a fighting game?’ but to put it simply, the enthusiasm that says ‘we want to make something good!’ is the driving force behind the idea. Please look forward to it!”


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  • Dasheble

    “I believe that this title will also be interesting to fans of the characters and series, who’ve never even touched a fighting game before. We’re doing our best to make this game not only for the advanced players, but also something that will be easier for beginners to get into, so it’d be nice to see girls and other players give it a try.”

    >implying girls can’t be advanced players

    • Göran Isacson

      I think it’s more along the lines of
      >implying girls are part of the crowd that doesn’t play fighting games at all
      who they’re trying to convince to buy a fighting game this time around… which isn’t that much better, when you think about it.

    • DenjinJ

      They can… but can you tell me which girls have ever even participated in EVO?

      • Dasheble

        There are plenty of girl participants, they just never make it to the finals. Read their forums.
        Also not participating in EVO doesn’t automatically decide wether you’re advanced or not. There are plenty out there who can kick both our asses quite easily and you know it.

        • DenjinJ

          I’m not arguing that. But it makes perfect sense to try to design a fighting game to appeal more to girls as new players when the genre is one of the most infamous for its relative lack of existing female player base. They’re not going to start playing as experts right away. (Though I think it’s still misguided because the basic concept of the game also has to be appealing to them…)

      • Kelohmello

        I keep seeing your username and thinking you’re Bananaken. …You’re not Bananaken, right?

  • Göran Isacson

    Yeah, so a simpler fighting game for people who may not play many fighting games, focusing more on having mascots appear than making it coherent. Eh, not bad. That’s usually how these cross-over games turn out anyway, I’m just glad there’s more spritebased beat-em-ups out there.

    Though “Let’s be excited and fights amongst each other as fans”? That’s what fans ALWAYS do, I don’t think they need any official encouragement to do it. *Trollface.jpg*

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    Looking forward to the console port :D

  • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

    They still haven’t said whether assists will be individually selectable or if they’re rigidly paired with the main character yet, have they?

    i imagine they should be individually selectable but you never know, especially if their design intent is towards the simpler side. I remember first time I asked a friend about the Arcana selections in AH3 and just had to say “stop” after 5 minutes of rambling.

    • Narrator 1

      No, the supports are individually selectable. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have scenarios such as in last night’s UStream where Asuna used a Touma assist to stop Mikoto cold in her tracks.

    • katzedan

      for a pic I saw on facebook, it looks like they are paired…

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=521298344625430

      I think it would be better if they let you select the support character you want… Like play with Celty, and select Shana or Asuna as support …

      ———-
      edit.
      Now that I saw in another pic… Asuna has Kuroneko as support, so it can be changed

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=521297831292148

      so now they only need to make the support playable too xD

  • Dark Zerato

    The arcade version is aiming for spring 2014 so it would be 6-12 months to the console port. I think i should start playing something and wait for it.

  • Bunzi

    Virtually every obscure developer in recent memory with a chiefly female cast and a relatively low budget has claimed they’re trying to make a fighting game any one can get into. I doubt any have succeeded, since the genre, by its very nature, means the games have to be highly technical and possessed of a relatively steep learning curve if they’re to have any kind of staying power.

  • Kornelious

    I hope the console version comes to the west….it is Sega though :(

  • Ecchi Pantsu

    French bread and Ecole software eh. Where’s Under the night in-birth and Melty Blood HD console port?

    • Natat

      Well, French-Bread have expressed that they would like to do a Melty HD, but that’s up to Type-Moon, who would most likely be interested after the Tsukihime remake gets released… so from like 2016 onwards.

      • Ecchi Pantsu

        yeah I hope so. I heard that the Sion that they’ve used in UNIB is a prototype for Melty Blood HD.

    • Canceris

      Look this as a little help to pay theirs bills. Plus they are building business relationships … except its with Sega. I only hope for them the best.

  • anthony apduhan

    “As you mentioned, Dengeki Bunko titles consist of many character who can fight, but we’re thinking about adding characters who don’t fit that image, appear in the game,” Nonaka teased.

    Wait are you going to put Haruhi Suzumiya in this game?

    • s07195

      Not Dengeki Bunko. Though the Mugen version shows that there is potential in the character.

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      Haruhi is a kadokawa IP

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I thought that Misaka said “Mikasa”. I was about to get so hype

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

    Interesting choice of an article name in the URL.

  • Neppygear

    PS3 port please thx

  • echokanon

    Might be a way to see who might be featured from each Dengeki Bunko titles. Or at least what titles would be possible

    http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/apricotcom/imgs/4/f/4fd05cf3.jpg

    • Freakmasta

      I forgot ToraDora is also a Dengeki title.

    • DenjinJ

      Oh boy… Dokuro-chan could be a real beast for damage output! Horo could be… interesting? I’d have to wonder how she’d fight in human form (if she has, sorry, haven’t read much or watched any S&W…)

    • Wappuli

      Sadly that is not a picture of characters for this game, it would be weird to leave out characters that are already confirmed for the game.
      But if they really would add Dokuro, I would import this in a heartbeat.

      • echokanon

        this is just an illustration the illustrator of Kino’s Journey drew for the event, showing around 50 main characters of their respective titles.

        I believe it sure could help easier to know what titles might be included if you could recognize them

  • Kelohmello

    All I know is it’s another French Bread fighting game with characters from tons of series I’ve been fans of for years. Also, this means I get to beat the piss out of Kirino. I’ll buy this day one if it gets a console release. Let’s make it happen.

  • fireemblembeast

    “We’re doing our best to make this game not only for the advanced players, but also something that will be easier for beginners to get into, so it’d be nice to see girls and other players give it a try.”
    Well, excuse you! >:I

  • Demeanor

    Ok, trying to learn the ropes here… here’s my program as of now:
    - To Aru Majutsu no Index <- watching this atm (and Railgun after that)
    - Shakugan no Shana
    - Accel World
    - Oreimo
    - Durarara

    Recommendations for stuff-you-just-can't-miss are very welcome!

  • http://danierc-polloconpapas.tumblr.com/ Eduardo Rocha

    I hope we see a console port, Shakugan no Shana is my favorite anime EVER and would love to play as her <3

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