How The Concept Of Festivities Turned To War In Freedom Wars

By Sato . November 25, 2013 . 5:30pm

We’ve seen our share of post-apocalyptic games, but not many where you’re a prisoner with a million year prison sentence who must fight giant beasts to chip away at some of those years. Freedom Wars’ developers recently spoke to Famitsu magazine on how this whole idea of post-apocalyptic regional wars came about.


“It’s kind of a long story but… I’ve always had a dream of becoming someone who works in the entertainment business, who could create something that becomes a boom,” shares Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide Studios producer Junichi Yoshizawa.


“Again, our company has requested a task for us to create an original title that could also move consoles, so we were looking for people who could meet such standards.”


Creating some sort of boom sounds much easier than it actually is, so with that in mind, Famitsu asks what the first step the developers took was.


“First, we thought about what we needed to do in order to start a boom,” answers game designer Toshiyuki Yasui. “In the end, we decided that it’d be best to make a ‘festival’ that anyone can join.”


Yasui works at the game development company Shift, who are developing Freedom Wars. The studio is best known for their work on the God Eater series.


He continues, “There’s a wonderful saying that goes, ‘The dancers are fools, the watchers are fools. [Both are fools alike so, why not dance?]’ and just like the saying implies, it’s fun to dance and it’s even fun to just watch. With the idea of easily coming in to join the ‘festivities,’ we came up with the concept of having regional competitions.”


Yasui going on to explain that over time and more brainstorming sessions, these “regional competitions” became what’s known as the battles between “Panopticons,” metropolitan cities that represent various regions.


We’ve recently been introduced to two new Freedom Wars characters, in Uwe “Sakamoto” Cabrera and Aries. Famitsu asks the developers if they can share a little more information on them.


“We wanted to show off some of the story’s drama, so this time, we decided to show those two characters,” says Yoshizawa. “Uwe is a superior who will always lend a hand when you’re in trouble, and Aries will be there to guide the player when they’re lost. There are also many other unique characters.”


When asked if getting your prison sentence to zero, by teaming up with allies, is the game’s objective, Yasui responds by saying yes, but to look forward to future announcements for the rest.


Freedom Wars is slated for release in 2014 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • TheAnswerisback

    Geez this game will be badass can’t wait to play it. Most likely will import because I won’t wait for localization of this game.

  • TheExile285

    Interested to hear about the competitive aspect of MP

  • Guest

    warning!! hype dont let it consommé you

    • tubers

      Point taken.

      I set myself too high before the gameplay video was released.. then I saw the game’s animation.. o.0

      • sherimae1324

        is that gameplay video is the final build of the game? no?

        • tubers


          There will be a playable version this Dec. Hopefully people in Japan would see it and ask for higher standards from a VITA exclusive.

        • Arcana Wiz

          no, it’s a early build… it was slated in the video.

          • ShadowDivz

            Everyone knows early build=final version.


  • JonathanisPrimus

    At this point I don’t see how another co-operative action game will move Vita units unless it’s that who shall not be named.

  • benhofb

    This game is looking as awesome as always. Hope to hear more info soon!

  • SnackEater

    This game is coming here right? It looks so awesome my Vita needs it :D

  • Earthjolly

    Localize please! You got to Localise this or else Ill eat my Vita :(

  • chroma816

    I hope this game gets localized. I need some reasons to pick up a Vita, and I’d like at least 7 games – adding this to the list would be great.

    • Duo Maxwell

      It’s Sony’s title to move the Vita. It will be localized.

      • InfectedAI

        Hopefully with online play this time. No online in God Eater was a huge disappointment for me.

        • tubers

          “Here’s a bit more info, courtesy of a press release translated by NeoGAF. According to it, Freedom Wars supports 8-player co-op and competitive modes, supports both Adhoc and Wi-Fi, and use the Vita’s GPS and Near tech – which may explain the Yahoo Maps screen..

          ..The game will also support the GPS and Near capabilities of the PS Vita to enhance the gameplay experience.”

        • chroma816

          Was/is God Eater 2 localized? ‘Cause that’ll be another for my list.

          • tubers

            GE2 has English translated trophies but there is no official localization announcement for the West so far.

          • chroma816

            That’s odd. I assume menus and the like aren’t translated.

      • JonathanisPrimus

        This will not sell any Vitas in the west.

        • tubers

          Probably a thousand or two units LOL (w/c isn’t really relevant lol).

        • Duo Maxwell

          Oh, it will. There will be one from me.

          • AkiraScare

            And me plus the likes you have makes it… at least 9 now (^_^)

  • $61526767

    Definitely want this game to be localized. I like the main character’s design.

    • DyLaN

      Isn’t tht the default look for the MC? Well you can work around it….

  • Arcana Wiz

    This game is looking to be so interesting…. I know that is a first part title from sony japan… but i want a localization announcement!

  • Pdugna

    Dunno why but read through this all and just thought of these guys dancing around killing shit having fun :D

  • Espoir

    Localization please. I said please.

  • JoJo_649

    “Story’s Drama”, So it’s not all about the rescue of citizens and apparently it has a full on-story mode!! that’s pretty cool, because these kind of games are particularly weak on that aspect, hope to hear more about it, localization confirmation please!!

  • Gariya

    Sounds very big and risky as this is a new IP with the intention of making a huge boom. Hope everything goes well.

  • HassanJamal

    This is a Sony published title, why wouldnt this get localized. What PS published game from Japan hasnt been localized?

  • natchu96

    Funny how “Default MC guy” has the shortest sentence reading over his head.

    He must really want out of this, considering he was set to 1 million at birth and dropped it down to 244546 already.

  • nonscpo

    The more monster hunter clones out there the better, one of them Is bound to wow and amazed people, getting the ball rolling for the vita.

  • ShadowDivz

    Looking forward to it.

  • Kai2591

    But what happens after your sentence reaches zero? WHAT THEN???!

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