FuRyu has been teasing a new title featuring developers who worked on Mother 3, Shin Megami Tensei, The Caligula Effect, and more. It’s been revealed in this week’s Famitsu as a Switch RPG called Work x Work. [Thanks, Hachima.]
Work x Work revolves around a prince tasked with taking out the Demon Lord and a young man who works hard at his part-time job. The two will challenge various dungeons at the “Hero-sama Land” theme park together with its unique guests.
As for the player, they’ll take on the role of the protagonist’s pet dog, and will be tasked with guiding the theme park visitors through dungeons. You’ll need to use your skills to catch the timing of enemy attacks, use recovery items, and work your way through the dungeons.
By guiding the park customers through dungeons you’ll receive “Starfish” for pay. These are used to trade for weapons and items, or customization for your room.
The game features a variety of legendary staff, including Nobuhiro Imagawa for graphics, Nobuyuki Inoue for the scenario, Tsukasa Masuko for sound, director Suzuka Yasumoto, development director Takahiro Yamane (director of Banshee’s Last Cry 2, or Kamaitachi no Yoru 2) and producer Takuya Yamanaka. You can read more about the developers in the recent teasers here and here.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
- It originally started as a plan from director Yamane and the others, and it was discussed during the development of The Caligula Effect.
- Talk first started about three years ago when they thought about crowdfunding the game.
- The reason they went with Switch is because they felt that its cute atmosphere would be a good fit with the portable mode.
- The actual development started about two years ago.
- Its tentative title was “Dungeon Instructor.”
- Boss characters are staff of the theme park.
- As for combat, it is being made with a new style of pixel art with a three-dimensional sense.
- The game features some music that was inspired by other titles that you might notice and think “I’ve heard this somewhere before…”
Work x Work releases for Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 27, 2018. Its development is currently 75% complete.