Unchained Blades Coming to 3DS January 3
XSEED Games has announced that Unchained Blades will be released on the 3DS on January 3, 2013 in North America. It will be available as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop and priced at $29.99 USD.
Released in Japan as UnchainBlades ReXX and developed by FuRyu, Unchained Blades is a role-playing game that utilizes a first-person perspective and is set in a monster-filled world. The game was directed by Toshio Akashi of the Lunar series, while the gameâ€™s story was penned by Grandia series veteran Takashi Hino.
Unchained Blades follows the story of the vengeful dragon emperor named Fang. After being stripped of his powers by the goddess Clunea, Fang embarks on a journey for revenge, hoping to regain his true form. Along the way, Fang is joined on his quest by a cowardly golem prince, a shy medusa priestess, a young phoenix clan maiden, and many other mythical beings seeking to meet with the goddess.
Boasting a veritable whoâ€™s who of famous Japanese artists, Unchained Blades represents a collaboration between some of the best talent in the industry. The main character Fang was designed by Pako, most famous for his work on the Shining Force series, while other characters were fashioned by artists such as Toshiyuki Kubooka (Lunar), Shinichiro Otsuka (Summon Night), and Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!), to name a few.
In Unchained Blades, players journey through the game with a party of up to four characters, moving through dungeons in a first-person perspective and engaging in turn-based combat along the way. The game features a unique â€œUnchainâ€ system, which enables players to try and convince monsters to follow them and help them on their quest. If an enemy monster is successfully â€œUnchained,â€ that monster will then join the playerâ€™s party and help them in the future by blocking attacks or supplying players with special offensive abilities. Each character in the playerâ€™s four person party can hold up to four â€œunchainedâ€ creatures, ensuring plenty of combat variety. The game has also been completely redubbed with new English voice-overs and boasts over 60 hours of gameplay.