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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2010

Publisher:

Sega

Developer:

Tri-Ace

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

RPG

Release Date:

March 16, 2010

Being an RPG fan, I typically have to put aside my favorite genre and tackle action/adventures, FPSs, and a myriad of other genres that get far more attention in the early days of any new hardware generation. I don’t mind doing this in the slightest but after a few years, I begin to pine for the new role-playing experiences. Thankfully, many are a-comin’ for the PlayStation 3 (the likes of Dragon Age: Origins, Demon’s Souls and Alpha Protocol will launch before 2009 is over), and another that has snagged my interest is Tri-Ace’s Resonance of Fate, which will be published by Sega and is also known as End of Eternity in Japan. We’ve already seen the introductory cinema – awfully pretty! – and a great gameplay video, so of course, we needed to pin down some concrete details and provide you with an interesting preview. We know you RPG buffs are lurking out there, and you’re well aware of Tri-Ace’s triumphs in the past; names like “Star Ocean” and "Valkyrie Profile” should ring a bell.

First of all, perhaps the developer is following in the old-fashioned footsteps of the original Wild ARMs in more than one way: obviously, this RPG is more about guns than swords, but also, it appears we’ll be taking control of three mercenaries right from the start. For those of you who remember the first Wild ARMs, you were introduced to three main characters at the beginning of the quest, and they would be with you throughout; no switching in and out of other party members. We’re not sure if this will be the case in Resonance, but we just wanted to make the observation. Anyway, those three characters are as follows: Zephyr, a young, mysterious man who can wield a firearm with the best of ‘em, Vashyron, a veteran gunfighter, and Reanbell, a shy girl who may utilize magic or other special abilities. It likely won’t surprise any who are familiar with this genre to learn that each character has a back story, and you’ll discover those details as you progress through the plot. But no giving away of any crucial storyline segments here…

Now, the combat: it’ll be quasi-real-time like most of Tri-Ace’s productions. But there’s one unique feature that strikes us immediately and reminds us of the battle in Eternal Sonata. See, the enemy won’t move until you move, which implements a certain amount of strategy and even instills a sense of tension into the combat. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but in addition to this, you’ll also be able to “shatter” your foe’s health bar into smaller sections, which will therefore make the assailant easier to defeat. If you factor this into the bullet-time feature, which we’ve already heard about, than you’ve got one hell of a dynamic system that ought to be loaded with a continual flurry of entertainment. And as far as we can tell, this is indeed a fantasy world devoid of blades, as your entire arsenal will revolve around modern-day and/or futuristic firearms. Pistols, rifles, machine guns, shotguns and a variety of projectiles (grenades, Molotov Cocktails, etc.) will be at your disposal, and yes, combination attacks and skilled maneuvers will add to the overall spice.

As for the setting, it is “fantasy” but it could also be construed as a fictitious earth city, as you’ll only find humans (no Moogles here) and examples of impressive machinery and other technology. From what we’ve seen in the new media, most backdrops appear to have a stylized industrial-type flair, in that it may feel like a cross between current steampunk fashions and a straight-up sci-fi environment. The most intriguing aspect of the story is the “villain;” a “God-like” machine that, unknown to the peasants of that civilization, actually controls their actions and thoughts, and even dictates when they are born and when they die. The nobility is aware of this and for some reason, they don’t wish to do anything about it, so you may have to stare down the barrel of your gun at them, if you desire answers. Like most JRPGs, the game will clearly focus more on plot than so-called freedom, but you will be able to take on multiple side-quests as time goes on. Signing up for missions at the various Guild Halls in the city will grant you extra experience and more insight into the current predicament. This is a format that should come together and work smoothly; we certainly expect a nicely paced adventure.

Sega has said they want to cut down on the localization process for Resonance of Fate, so hopefully, American gamers won’t have to wait too long after it arrives in Japanese stores. The tentative release date for Japan is Q1 2010 while the North American date could be Q2 or Q3 2010, but we desire something more concrete than that. We’ll let you know when Sega or Tri-Ace is more forthcoming with exact dates.

8/10/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

bxshotboi
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:12:01 PM
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im lookin forward to a great game but hey i also want a new grandia please is that so hard to ask and a star ocean port to add to my collection of the series

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:34:54 PM
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Looking forward to this one, looks like it's shaping up. Pending reviews this is looking more and more like a day one-er for me.

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Oyashiro
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:37:35 PM
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Whoa, whoa, whoa...

"the developer is following in the old-fashioned footsteps of the original Wild ARMs"

You had me sold completely at this statement! The game does look like its turning out to be awesome from what I've seen. I'm with World on this, looks like a "Day one" for me as well.

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Byakko2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:21:51 AM

You liked Wild Arms too? It's too bad Sony pretty much gave up on that series. Wild Arms 3 was solid. This is a day 1 for me simply because Tri-Ace has only let me down once with Valkyrie Profile on DS, but even that was solid.

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:29:48 AM

Oh yeah, Wild Arms is on my top 5 RPGs of all times list. The game is fantastic. I just wish they didn't go with that hex-grid system that the new ones have.

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dart_driver
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:30:59 AM

I have never played Wild Arms. So this comparison leaves me in the same position i was in b4.

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Byakko2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:36:58 AM

dart, check out some gameplay vids. If u got a JP PSN account, you can easily get an HD version there. If it doesn't convince you, then you'd probably best wait for reviews.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 10:31:48 AM

The original Wild ARMs is still one of my favorite RPGs ever. I think Wild ARMs 2 was underrated, too.

WA3 was okay and then the series just went downhill.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:48:22 AM
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Sega seems to be publishing alot of games this generation, whereas last generation I hardly heard news of them.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:58:11 AM
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everything has the JRPG classic touch for me so far, the only part I am not sure is the gun part, cuz I hate shootings, (i.e. FPS) I know this is RPG shootings, but I doubt it will feel much different than Dirge of Cerburus, which was not much fun at all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:29:32 AM

Can't agree with you there, Cerberus was a fairly straight up action shooter (and a failure anyway) whereas this appears to retain an actual battle system.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 4:19:41 AM

wut u said is true. well above is my fear (i hope not) and my gut feeling tells me this is a different shooting rpg than Cerberus, but I need more information, i.e. a video clip of the gameplay or fighting system

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:51:09 PM

There is a clip linked in the article that shows the battle system, it looks awesome.

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chucknasty
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 2:12:26 AM
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After Valkyria I am rather fond of Sega. I will give this a shot.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:03:24 AM
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I wont lie, i thought that looked very impressive! We need more RPGS like this for our current gen. I look forward to hearing more about this.

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fundando
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:47:30 AM
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This looks great Q2 next year would be ideal. I have many games to play from now until them and this one is definitely deserving some attention.

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Robochic
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 7:48:59 AM
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Agree chucknasty since playing valkyria chronicals and Eternal Sonata I've been very fond of what Sega has been bring out.

Watched the trailer and it looks great, the visuals are nice and I like the fighting style more and more I see this game the more it's looking like a preorder for me :)

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smileys_007
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 5:37:38 PM
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It looks like a good rpg game to me, but the only 2 rpg's that I'm interested for 2010 are White Knight Chronicles and of course, Final Fantasy XIII.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 3:38:36 AM

u might still want to check this one out tho

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Ultimate_Balla
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:48:30 PM
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Soundz Mad Interesting

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