Did you know it's been nearly 20 years since Digimon was first released? Somehow, the series has managed to succeed in the shadow of its more famous rival for two decades, so it seems fitting the latest game should concentrate on the theme of survival.
Following talk in Japan over the last few weeks about a new chapter in the Digimon story, Digimon Survive has finally been confirmed for a western release. In yesterday's Digimon livestream by Bandai Namco, the company announced the latest incarnation of the series will be a "survival-simulation RPG".
According to Bandai Namco's press release, the game will feature a "brand-new group of teenagers" who "get lost on a school camping trip" and are "transported to a world of monsters and danger". Sounds like my Duke of Edinburgh experience, to be honest.
From the trailer, the gameplay will be a marriage of visual novel and SRPG. The "drama" sections look like they will be in 3D, while the battles will be in a 2D "classic SRPG style".
Digimon Survive SRPG gameplay (called 'battle part') pic.twitter.com/KLeuMXsikg— Nibel (@Nibellion) July 29, 2018
To be fair to Digimon, the game's art style does look gorgeous, and it will be interesting to see how the hybrid gameplay functions in practice.
Digimon Survive is due for release in 2019, and will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.