Despite its title, Laid-Back Camp (a.k.a. Yuru Camp) is quite an active brand. The original manga by author Afro has spawned two anime seasons, an upcoming film, a live-action series adaptation, and two different video games. Make that three different video games: A new Laid-Back Camp mobile game was announced via a tweet from the official account.
皆さん、はじめまして❗ 『ゆるキャン△』初となるスマホ向けゲームの開発が決定いたしました???? 2022年内にリリース予定です????
2022年3月より、本アカウントにてゲームの情報をどしどし発信していきます???? ぜひフォローをしてお待ちください???? pic.twitter.com/ZTCFq7a2fQ
— ゆるキャン△スマホゲームプロジェクト (@yurucamp_game) February 3, 2022
The tweet doesn’t reveal the game’s official title, but does trumpet the fact that it’s the “first” mobile game for Laid-Back Camp. Technically, the Laid-Back Camp – Virtual titles are available on mobile platforms, but they’re closer to “experiences” than fully-fledged games. The tweet also had a trailer of sorts featuring a chibi-style rendition of camper Rin Shima laying back beside a crackling fire.
The official game website was similarly sparse on detail. It merely features the same trailer and links to Laid-Back Camp portal site, and the website for the upcoming animated film adaptation. The Laid-Back Camp mobile game itself appears to be developed by Enish, which developed mobile games based on the anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets, Rent-A-Girlfriend, and an original RPG title called De:Lithe.
For the uninitiated, Laid-Back Camp follows the outdoor adventures of a group of young women. It begins when Rin Shima, a “solo-camping” hobbyist, encounters Nadeshiko Kagamihara. The two become friends and Rin introduces Nadeshiko to the joys of camping outdoors. They also interact with their school’s outdoor club (the “Outclub”) and teachers. The series features locations from around Japan, particularly Yamanashi prefecture, near Mount Fuji. The Virtual titles focus on two real-life locations seen in the show: Lake Motosu and the Fumoto Campgrounds.
The new Laid-Back Camp mobile game is targeted for a 2022 release on iOS and Android. The Virtual titles are available on mobile, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The Mages-developed adventure game Laid-Back Camp: Have a Nice Day! is available on PS4 and Switch in Japan. The anime series streams on Crunchyroll, and the manga is published in English by Yen Press.