One wonders why it took this long, but Square Enix have announced that they’re putting out a new version of Song Summoner. Kinda. Called Guns’N’Souls feat: Song Summoner, the game’s teaser website shows it has gotten a 3D look and jumps genres to be more of what looks like an action-RPG game. Wait, wait, you say. What’s Song Summoner?
Glad you asked! One of the more interesting types of games that came out of experimental times, Square Enix once put out this game which was intended for your… iPod. Yeah, the iPod. It was a tactical turn-based RPG which utilized your own music to generate different kinds of troops for you to move around and fight with against foes. The main character, Ziggy, is a Song Summoner who originally sets out to save his brother Zero. Things… don’t quite go as planned. That game was released back in 2008, and updated in 2009. And then went silent ever since.
No longer. You’re still controlling Ziggy in Guns’N’Souls and in this game, Ziggy’s music sword will be powering up with different characters, who are represented as cards now. All of them look like they come with some form of musical instrument, which might mean that it would take advantage of whatever music you’ve got—only this time, on your iOS or Android smartphone. You can take a gander at the trailer as well on the site. The game takes place in the same world as Song Summoner with the machine army. Ziggy awakens inside a prison transport ship convicted of a crime.
While it’s kind of hard to figure out what’s going on with the scant information on the website, it looks like you’ll be running with a deck of instrument-ready characters who’ll charge up your sword while Ziggy takes down foes. It might play something like Death God Messiah moreso than Guilty Dragon but it’s hard to say for now.
The character designs are done by Roberto Ferrari, who did work on the original Song Summoner game as well as Final Fantasy XV, and Chaos Rings artist Yusuke Naora. The scenario is by Yukinori Kitajima from Synthese who has done work on Ace Attorney 5 and the Senran Kagura series. The theme song is from an all-girl band called.. Larval Stage Planning. Ahh, Engrish. Shift, the developer behind God Eater and Freedom Wars, is developing the game.
We’ll keep you posted on more when we find it, but Guns’N’Souls feat: Song Summoner is expected to be out on iOS this winter and on Android in Spring 2014.