No! No! This just isn’t fair! It seems like every single time the West gets even a little closer to Japan…they engage rocket boosters and speed off into the distance. Since the announcement of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Western fans of the franchise have longed to get their hands on it. Finally, a Digimon game for the older fan!
Bandai Namco Entertainment throws us a bone and announces that the game will indeed be coming to the West on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, albeit next year some time. Not a month after that, we’re hearing word of a brand-new Digimon game that’s in development; one called Digimon World: Next Order.
The latest issue of Japan’s V-Jump magazine featured a two page spread regarding the new title yet, despite that, not a great deal of information on the game’s story or setting was revealed. What we know of the game is that it will centre around a young Digimon fanatic who’s two partners are Agumon and Gabumon, possibly meaning that the appearance of Omnimon will be pivotal to the story’s progression sometime down the track. At least, that’s what I think.
What I’ve deducted from the official character descriptions I’ve provided for you below is that this is set in a world much like our own and that of the Anime season Digimon Tamers wherein which Digimon is a franchise that does indeed exist in the real world before the character discovers that there’s an entire Digital World only a computer away from his own.
Digimon World: Next Order is set for a Japanese release in Japan on the PlayStation Vita sometime next year with a hopeful Western release some time close after that…the I doubt it. The official website for the new title will open on the 21st of this month so keep an eye out for when we report on the launch.
Protagonist and Digimon:
Takuto – (Default. Name changeable.) A senior at high school who is at the end of his club activities. A lover of Digimon from a young age, as a 5th grader he became the runner-up of a Japanese Digimon game competition.
Gabumon – A shy young Digimon that grows out his fur and digivolves into Garurumon.
Agumon – A low-level Digimon. His special attack is known as “Baby Flame.” (A flame attack shot from his mouth.)
Character Designer: Taiki
The main illustrator for a lot of characters from Lord of Vermillion III has designed some characters for the latest Digimon adventure.
“When I was in elementary school, I bought my first Digimon handheld and it was the first time I fell in love with Digimon. As I was with my very own Digimon, I felt half of the pressure of my very own life.”