When Cross Edge was first announced, the odds of a European release didn't seem likely. A supposed collaboration between Namco Bandai, Capcom, Nippon Ichi, Gust and Idea Factory, it was set to feature characters from the likes of Mana Khemia 2, an RPG which even now doesn't have a European release date. Further scepticism was also raised by the inclusion of characters from Spectral Souls and Absolute: Blazing Infinity - the latter being a tactical RPG for the 360 which has never been released outside of Japan. Nevertheless, not only has NIS America already brought Cross Edge to the states, but KOEI has found time to publish Cross Edge in Europe. Well, guess it makes a change from Dynasty Warriors.
As a crossover RPG, Cross Edge is a cluster-truck of anime stereotypes, filled with spiky-haired heroes and sexually precocious heroines. By exhuming the Darkstalkers series, Capcom have included vampire Demitri and cat-girl Felicia, as well as succubus sisters Morrigan and Lilith. The other publishers have contributed the likes of Raze and Lily from Mana Khemia 2, Lyner and Ayatane from Ar Tonelico, and the ditsy Marie from Atelier Marie. From the house of Disgaea we also get demonic dominatrix Etna and a few disposable members of the Prinny Squad. But with such a vibrant history it's a shame more use wasn't made of the Nippon Ichi license, as the story elements involving Etna rank among the game's highlights.
With such a diverse mix of mythology, developer Compile Heart has wisely chosen a different universe setting to tie everything together. Cross Edge kicks off with a teenage duo called York and Miko awakening in an unfamiliar existence with no memory as to how they got there. After battling a pack of bloodthirsty wolves they bump into Miss Morrigan, who is also suffering from amnesia, and a bit of friendly banter leads to them teaming up and going exploring. A scout around the local area soon turns up more familiar faces and the numbers swell quickly.