Square Enix’s Light Novel-Style RPG Isn’t A Joke

By Sato . April 2, 2014 . 1:04pm


While the Japanese are known for pulling some elaborate April Fool’s pranks, Famitsu reports that Square Enix’s new teaser site for an upcoming “light novel-style RPG” is in fact real.


According to the report, the cast will consist of 25 “high-profile” voice actors who’ll be part of the upcoming game. The official website lists names such as Yu Asakawa, Kaori Ishihara, Mariya Ise, and many others. It’s also worth noting that all the names listed are female names.


While we’ve yet to see any details on the game’s release or platform, Square Enix are expected to reveal more in the upcoming days. Their teaser site originally went up on April 1st, which is why we refrained from reporting it, but Famitu’s confirmation helped assuage our concerns.

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  • meiam

    What does that even mean? Like zork or something, but with an image in the background? Or maybe like live-a-live, damn that concept was awesome for a game, shame they never did more of it.

    • Triplicity

      If S-E did a remake of Live A Live I think the internet would spontaneously implode on itself

      • darke

        Shame they can’t make a RPG-focused Date-A-Live rather then the VNs coming out.

        • DyLaN

          With the way the plot is styled, I doubt they can make a canon RPG entry of it which the VNs are. (in a way)

  • mojack411

    Somehow this screams smartphone to me…

    • Crimson_Cloud

      That’s why it’s better to turn blind eye until we hear more. More sad news then good are present these days…

    • Zer0faith
    • darke

      Throwing that much cash and that many VAs? That doesn’t sound like a good investment for dirt-cheap/f2p smart phone game.

  • nonscpo

    Is this suppose to be their response to Bravely Default success or something completly different?

    • revenent hell

      I believe there was already an article on that.. This is……Probably a mobile game so I don’t think I really care to think of “why” or in response to what it is to ya’ know?

    • Michael Kelehan

      I think their response to Bravely Default’s success is more about the games that they WILL make in the future, or are just starting to make now. We probably won’t see what those games are until at least a year from now.

      • darke

        Generally it’s bad business practice to make a “direction changing” announcement like that, without having done pre-planning before hand, and also having projects setup so that you can demonstrate the change soon after the announcement. Otherwise people think you’re just producing hot air.

    • decus

      Might be their response to that. After all, Bravely Default was written by an actual writer of visual and light novels so having another RPG written by an actual writer instead of the guy who writes most of the FF plot (*cough* same guy who wrote that horrible FFX novel *cough*) could be one way of making sure both japan and the west like the plot again.

  • Rocco

    Lightning Forever ~Otome Style~ Now you can pick the perfect lover for your favorite FF heroine from among 25 attractive men/women…

    • DesmaX

      Oh boy, I’m so going for the Bhunivelze’s Route!

    • Saraneth

      What would be the point of that? Even with 25 choices the only real choice is Hope.

    • Rocco

      Aside from existing characters from the XIII trilogy, the game also feature fan-favorite characters from other FF titles including Sephiroth, Kefka, and Auron. After playing through all the routes, hidden character Zero from Drakengard 3 can be unlocked.

    • Nightmesh

      Is it bad that I’d kinda want to play that?

    • DyLaN

      Otome is a different thing compare to LN though. Otome is a genre while LN is a medium.

      There are otome themed LNs like Brother’s Conflict however.

  • Jerry Hu

    A new moblie game again?

  • Manny Being Manny

    Assuming this isn’t a mobile game, this seems tailor made for me.

  • neo_firenze

    It does seem tailor made for iOS/Android. And to be clear, that includes not just “smartphones” but also tablets – which are honestly the perfect kind of device for this sort of game. I’d MUCH rather play this kind of game on an iPad than a 3DS.

  • katzedan

    DAT voice actress Cast

    Ayaka Asai, Yuu Asakawa, Kaori Ishihara, Mariya Ise, Yumi Uchiyama, Yui Ogura, Ibuki Kido, Rie Kugimiya, Yu Kobayashi, Chiwa Saito, Miyuki Sawashiro, Yuko Sanpei, Asami Tano, Haruka Terui, Misako Tomioka, Ai Nonaka, Kana Hanazawa, Rina Hidaka, Yasuko Fujino, Yui Makino, Kotono Mitsuishi, Rie Murakawa, Haruna Momono, Nozomi Yamamoto, Lynn

    don’t even know how it’ll be, but I know that I need to play this just for this! :3

    (yfw no Lightning voice actress on the list)

    • Izzeltrioum


      I promised me not touching anything SE-related besides watamote manga………………….

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      No Marina Inoue. i’m disapointed. well, Yu Kobayashi will make it for me

    • kroufonz

      what a list! there is veteran to rookie seiyuu in there.

    • Keko

      Holy crackers! Day-one buy!!!!

    • darke

      Rie Kugimiya? Can never have enough Tsunderes. :P

      • DyLaN

        Haven’t seen KugiRie does her signature type of role for a while though. She voices a shota God frm NGNL this season.

  • new_tradition

    I don’t know how to interpret “light novel” style. I have an idea when it comes to visual novels, but light novels..?

    Does anyone know?

    • Morricane

      A light novel is basically what it says: a novel aimed at young adults (age 16-25 you can guess), usually fantasy/sci-fi themed and serialized (although there are one-shots too) with each volume weighing in at about 200-300 pages, usually. They also contain a couple of (manga-style) illustrations of characters or scenes inbetween the pages.
      From my experience, the writing style is definitely different from a “real” novel, especially…well, it makes for a quicker read :D

      There’s a TON of adaptions of light novels – especially since the 2000s where the medium flourished – , like To aru majutsu no Index, Shakugan no Shana, Durarara! and so on and so on…

      • new_tradition

        Thanks! ^^

        I’m still curious how this is conveyed as an RPG though…

        • Manny Being Manny

          Slayers is a famous light novel turned anime thats essentially a JRPG. They could do something like that.

        • DyLaN

          There also Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka aka DanMachi LN/manga which is essentially a JRPG LN. Pretty decent read.

    • DyLaN

      I have no idea either. LN ranges from Highschool DxD to Oreimo to SAO to Fate/Zero and more. Maybe it means the style of writing or a game abt making LNs?

      Or does it means it have loooongggg title?

    • wererat42

      With a few exceptions, most light novels are basically about the same painfully boring high school boy getting thrown into the bosoms of multiple female characters of various archetypes you’ve see a thousand times before in the exact same story with a few minor cosmetic changes.

      • DyLaN

        I can’t help but feel that this is an over exaggeration/generalization of LNs. While there are a lot of generic LNs, there also several good ones mixed into it. And again, generic =/= unenjoyable and its all up to personal taste or how the cliches/tropes are played.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          It might be somewhat an excusable thought when looking at the LNs turned into anime most recently. Something like Norin comes to mind :P.

          The genre is certainly nothing new, but I would argue we aren’t seeing as many things like a Crest of the Stars, Spice and Wolf. Tylor or Full Metal Panic find their way into anime versions.;

          • s07195

            Spice and Wolf needs a season 3. T_T

        • wererat42

          I don’t deny it’s an over-generalization, but for every Crest of the Stars and Fate Zero you get there’s about a dozen more Infinite Stratos and Date a Lives.

          It’s easier to use a tested formula that is guaranteed to sell than take risks and try something different or innovative. Sadly, the same can be said for the games industry.

          • DyLaN

            Date A Live plot did get more interesting in the later volumes though. Vol 10 have very little romcom and its really dark for a series like this.

          • wererat42

            If you have to wait ten volumes for something to become ‘more interesting’, it’s too late.

            Good example of something that was a pleasant surprise was Cube x Cursed x Curious, though I’ve only seen the anime.

          • DyLaN

            It starts around Vol3/5 IMO since vol 3 has Kurumi and Vol 5 onward introduced the main antagonists. I’m just using vol 10 as an example.

          • darke

            Date A Live is a spoof of the VN genre though, which it rides heavily early on before the ‘real’ plot starts kicking in around v6. If you aren’t familiar with harem VNs, and/or don’t like heavy parodies, you’re not going to much like the series until later.

            C3 I had the “it only got good in the later volumes” for, since the early volumes just felt like a guro version of a shounen manga with “monster of the volume” appearing, being defeated, rinse, repeat.

  • Morricane

    So…yeah, what about this “make japanese games again instead of trying to cater to many people”-kinda article from a couple days ago? …you probably can’t be more “japanese” than this. But I doubt “The West” will get to see it…

    • darke

      We get VN+RPGs translated pretty regularly, I have no idea what exactly they mean by LN+RPG, but I would imagine it’s as likely as any other VN+RPG to come over.

  • Golbez looking for love.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    I haven’t been this excited for a new Square IP in… … …umm, I’ll have to get back to you on that.

  • MagiusNecros

    The border art(black stuff) vaguely reminds me of TWEWY. But whenever Square makes an announcement it is usually a mobile game nowadays. But if it was a light novel on GILGAMESH I would buy it.

  • DyLaN

    I still don’t really get what “LN style JRPG” means but you got my interest.

    Or maybe its a game abt making LNs?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      It means finally having JRPGs with emo milquetoast adolescent male main characters!

      • Suzaku

        Is that a staple of light novels? The only light novels I’ve read are Vampire Hunter D, with summaries of the BlazBlue prequels and Baccano!.

        • darke

          Not that I know of, and I follow a dozen or so. Adolescents sure, male MCs also, but that’s like nearly all Japanese manga/anime/games media. Emo-types seem mostly limited to JRPGs thankfully.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    That sounds intersting I can’t wait

  • Sigfried Silverblade

    What is a Light Novel Style RPG?

    Well, if it is something akin to Radical Dreamers, I’m sold.

  • Captain Levi

    A Light Novel based on… Lightning.
    Ha ha, just kidding.

    • J_Joestar

      just in case, but has anyone checked the list of VAs for Maaya Sakamoto?

  • WHat doesn’t scream smartphone to anyone anymore? I read the comments beforehand and the pessimism is almost palpable. It’s ridiculous.

    As the not-so-recent interview implied, they are going to try and go back to their roots. You can’t assume anything after that.

    Also with a cast list like what had been revealed, it would be a pretty big waste to use all those seiyuu for a mobile game.

  • dott.Piergiorgio

    mhm… 25 VA don’t seems something for smartphones… OTOH, light novel style, seems to me reminescent of… earlier Final Fantasies. and notice the style of the page: sober, few elements, white background: isn’t that of the covers of the Final Fantasies… perhaps a look into the 25 seiyuu can help in pinpointing what, if a remake, else *gasp* they have already laid down the Sixteenth….

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