Koei Tecmo has revealed an upcoming JRPG based on the popular manga and anime, Fairy Tail. We were fortunate enough to get some one on one time with the team behind the title, ask questions, and see Fairy Tale Gameplay first hand.
Fairy Tail Gameplay Impressions
- Story begins after Tennoshima and climaxes around the Dai Matou Enbu – but does not end there
- 10 playable characters from both Fairy Tail and allied guilds
- Revealed characters: Natsu, Erza, Grey, Lucy, Wendy
- 30-40 hours of Main Story
- Completionists can expect 60-80 hours
- Turn-based party combat. Customize your party and create new powerful magic chains
- Party development: pick your party and develop their stories to unlock further interactions and moves
- Guild development: Grow Fairy Tail from its abandoned state to a glorious new high
- Explore magnolia: Complete recreation of Magnolia in 3D – and ready for you to explore
Gust Studios are big fans of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, and thought that the combination of magic, dragons and cats could perfectly match a JRPG setting. They set out to produce a game that explored the events of the anime from the return from Tennoshima and toward the Great Magic Games competition. To keep fidelity to the max, Mashima sensei is supervising the title and is thus far reported to be positively impressed by the game.
During our preview, we were explained the basics of gameplay – which is turn based and very familiar for JRPG players. You can customize the members of your party to adapt to each situation you anticipate to encounter, and perform their attacks that will have strengths and weaknesses against specific opponents. Winning battles restores a set amount of MP, so tactical thinking of party composition, attack order, and escalation of magic is important.
Quests and Exploration
Players begin by selecting a quest from the guild’s board – these start much as the anime with few simple objectives, and will become more numerous and challenging as the guild grows. Out in the field, players can pick up crafting materials that are then brought back to the guild for analysis and use for upgrading the guild’s capabilities. We could not see if there is item crafting, or equipment, but we did see several materials and would expect some sort of progression from gathering and defeating enemies in the field.
The combat looked fun and exciting, with characters performing the moves that we all know from the anime series – with the addition of a special gauge that enables a barrage attack by several members. This chain of magic attacks culminates in the more powerful and popular attacks from the main characters, so they’ll be something to look forward to when preparing your party.
Further, players can develop deeper relationships with party members by interacting with them and completing their side missions. These extra objectives are said to be numerous (they could double your playtime!) and would deeply impact the way you enjoy the game as your party becomes truly your own.
It is not yet known how big the world will be, but there is a rather large map of Fiore that we expect will be filled out, and many NPC characters to enjoy meeting and interacting with.
Since this was the first showing to the press, there’s not much to say as a lot of the details of the content are yet to be revealed – we expect there will be a hands-on later in the year or early next year before release. We look forward to seeing it again and more in-depth to share all the details with you!
Fairy Tail game is set to release in 2020 on Playstation 4, Steam and Nintendo Switch. No word on Google Stadia yet but we’ll keep you updated!
Fairy Tail Game Screenshots
Press Release Follows
Join the Eccentric Fairy Tail Guild On Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via STEAM Next Year!
Hertfordshire, 5th September 2019 – Today, KOEI TECMO Europe is excited to reveal FAIRY TAIL, a brand-new magical JRPG in development by GUST Studios, based on Hiro Mashima’s best-selling Japanese manga of the same name. This enchanting new title marks the first ‘FAIRY TAIL’ game to launch on home console in the West, allowing series fans and newcomers alike to join in and experience the beloved narrative that has captivated people from around the globe for over a decade.
Demons, dark wizards, dragons, and cats. You’ll find it all as you start your journey in the land of Fiore and play through the adventures of Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia as well as other eccentric members of the FAIRY TAIL mage guild on a fun-filled and thrilling quest. GUST Studios is creating the game under the supervision of author Hiro Mashima, promising a faithful recreation for the FAIRY TAIL world and its unusual inhabitants, including everything from magic to its iconic characters.
While more information about the game’s release will be revealed next week at Tokyo Game Show 2019, KOEI TECMO released a thrilling new trailer showcasing the fiery and intense magical battles players can experience when they join the FAIRY TAIL guild. FAIRY TAIL will be available in 2020 on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam®.
Want to find out more? Keep up with other Fairy Tail news or check out our TGS 2019 coverage. You might also want to look into other titles like Attack on Titan, or current RPGs like Monster Hunter World.