The famous fantasy anime/manga series Fairy Tail is getting a JRPG adaptation by publisher Koei Tecmo and developers Gust Studios, the companies announced today. More importantly to fans around the world, it’ll be sold internationally for the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and on PC via Steam in 2020.
Fairy Tail centers around the adventures (and misadventures) of an old magical guild called “Fairy Tail.” It mainly follows Natsu Dragneel, a descendant of a dragon, and Lucy Heartfilia, a mage and the newest member of the guild, as well as the rest of the guild’s eccentric members.
Hiro Mashima, the manga’s creator and lead author, is listed as the game’s supervisor. In a press release, the game promises “a faithful recreation for the FAIRY TAIL world and its unusual inhabitants; including everything from magic to its iconic characters.” We’re not sure what exactly the plot of this game will be, but it looks like the Fairy Tail game will try to stay true to the anime’s main themes to some degree. At least, the game will stick pretty close to its famous world-building.
At the beginning, the teaser notes the existence of “Guilds,” which are in-world organizations that deal with a number of assets in the Fairy Tail world. Between this and the other in-world hints given in the press release, it’s likely that players will come in contact with plenty of the series’s interesting factions.
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The teaser briefly shows the Second Fairy Tail Building, which is adapted by the Fairy Tail guild later in the series after a (obligatory anime) seven-year time skip. Basically, we can assume the game takes place relatively later in the world’s timeline, at least in some capacity. We also see the characters execute some pretty sick moves, so it’s safe to say we’ll be unlocking plenty of their well-known powers.
Plus, the style of the graphics look pretty tight to the anime. That’s been a pretty positive trend in regards to anime adaptations, especially after Dragon Ball FighterZ breathed that life back into the Western anime fandom.
Other than what’s shown in the trailer and shared in the press release, we don’t know too much about the game. We do know that Gust Plus, the primary development studio, has done a mix of turn-based games through the Atelier series and more action-like combat in Nights of Azure. Meanwhile, holding company Koei Temco publishes a solid variety of genres, including Dynasty Warriors, which among gamers has become a genre in and of itself. They’re also responsible for Dead Or Alive, NIOH and the Attack on Titan games. In short? Anything goes with this group, but it’ll likely stick close to what we expect from JRPGs.
The press release states there’ll be more information at the Tokyo Game Show, which takes place in (of course) Tokyo from September 11 through the 15th. For now, we just have a pretty intense first teaser to help contain fans’ excitement.