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"Scarlet Nexus is worlds apart from the JRPGs of Bandai Namco's past" - interview with game director Kenji Anabuki

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Led by former members of the acclaimed team behind the 'Tales of' series, Scarlet Nexus is an action-RPG arriving with a futuristic aesthetic, flashy real-time combat, and a high-concept science-fiction story.

Game director Kenji Anabuki tells me that the shift away from a fantasy aesthetic – the kind that helped to define games such as Tales of Vesperia, Abyss, and Symphonia – is something the studio has been considering for a long time now. "We have been thinking of using 'superpowers' as one of the main angles of a game, which we have never used before. In fantasy games we can use 'magic', but to fit into a more futuristic setting we decided to use superpowers," says Anabuki.



Set in a distant and visually vibrant city of New Himuka, Scarlet Nexus will throw you into a futurist Japanese landscape inspired as much by western science fiction as it is classic anime. Oh, and it's also undeniably weird.

"Scarlet Nexus takes place in a world where the power of the brain is very much developed," Anabuki explains. "In our current world, people use their fingers and voices to interact with various technological devices, but in Scarlet Nexus people use their brains to control them.

As a result, those with "acute extra-sensory abilities, known as psionics" are called up to fight by the Other Suppression Force. You'll take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi in this sprawling RPG, a young recruit with a talent for psychokinesis – you know, the ability to hurl objects with the power of his mind.



The development team is leveraging its experience of working on iconic RPGs like Tales of Vesperia, but Anabuki stresses that it's working to create something faster and heavier, a spectacle of otherworldly abilities.

"Both games are RPGs with action elements, which enabled us to use our game development experience on Tales of series into Scarlet Nexus. For instance, it has an impact on the way we envision the battle system, the character development, the progression, and the balance between the story and the gameplay."

As Yuito, you'll be able to turn the world itself into a weapon. Elements of the environment can be lifted up and broken apart, launched at enemies to build attack combos and crowd-control mutant hordes. It's a slick looking system, where everyday objects – telephone poles, postboxes, cars, a moving train – can be wielded with precision and ease, integrated directly into your attack patterns and routines without overwhelming you with inputs or meters.

Anabuki is committed to balancing psychokinesis and conventional weapon attacks so that you'll feel empowered to experiment, playing around with its systems to find new and entertaining ways to take on Scarlet Nexus' variety of enemy types.

"We feel that Scarlet Nexus, as an action RPG, must provide the exhilarating feeling from using weapon / melee attacks," he says. "On top of that, the psychokinetic attacks, when used alongside weapon attacks, will create a very special combination unique to Scarlet Nexus

The studio is particularly focused on that last point; it really does want Scarlet Nexus to look exceptionally cool in action. While it's working to create a weighty real-time combat system, it's also keen to strip unnecessary complexity out of its systems in an effort to maintain spectacle, as Anabuki explains. "In battles, the psychokinesis ability Yuito possesses can be easily controlled by simple button sequences.

Scarlet Nexus has heavily stylized combat within its contained arena spaces. The evocative enemy types come at Yuito fast and furiously, forcing you to consider your opportunities. To survive encounters you'll need to effectively switch between normal weapon attacks with your blade and psychokinesis

Bandai Namco is yet to give Scarlet Nexus a release date, although with the action-RPG in development for PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4, and Xbox One there's still some time to go yet. For now, the creative director is only willing to tease just how Scarlet Nexus will utilise the power of the next-generation consoles.

"Thanks to the high processing powers of the hardware in the next generation, the game will feature high frame-rates, while having very demanding processes related to character representation we wanted to achieve. Moreover, the shortening of loading times will definitely give the player a more immersive game experience than ever before."

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Mister Wolf

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This is right up my alley. Honesty it looks better than Astral Chain. Once I finally sat down and played that game I didn't enjoy it much.
 
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Vawn

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It doesn't look like it.

Don't get me wrong, I love these games, but that still looks AA to me.
 
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Vawn

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Astral chain gameplay is phenomenal. What didn't you like on it?

I didn't really like Astral Chain either. About halfway through I kept hoping it would end soon so my OCD would let me move onto something else.
 
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Mister Wolf

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Astral chain gameplay is phenomenal. What didn't you like on it?

I don't enjoy the combat at all. Its not bad its just not for me. Another example I can give you is I didn't enjoy the combat of Metal Gear Rising.
 

Senhua

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Like CV if this release day and date on PC, maybe I will try it.
Otherwise ~shrug~ "another #34879" anime game to buy at >50% of in Steam sale
 

TheContact

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The setting of this game looks really interesting. I like when JRPGS branch out of the traditional medieval setting (as much as I love it)
 

GHG

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Its a shame that some people look down on AA games, I adored games Valkyria Chronicles 4 and NieR Automata and they were AA games.

Yep, and for me Prey, Divinity OS, Nioh & Nioh 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance, etc. Nier Automata is legitimately one of the greatest games of all time, don't care what the haters say.

The Souls games aren't even AAA strictly speaking ffs. The obsession with development and marketing budgets really is a strange one.
 

Vawn

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What's wrong with it being AA?

Some of the best games this gen are AA games.

Nothing, but the quote makes it sound like they were making something at a much higher production value and budget than anything they created before.
 
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Fbh

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I'm a sucker for these types of games and this looked pretty cool in the trailer.
But it does look like a generic anime style action game. Main character looks straight out of your average cookie cutter shonen and the screenshots of the dude fighting monsters in an industrial setting with the ability to "throw objects" isn't exactly groundbreaking either.

Hopefully the story is better than Astral Chain. I really like that game but the plot was really underwhelming
 

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It doesn't look like it.
Don't get me wrong, I love these games, but that still looks AA to me.
Hollow Knight is probably B ( because the A's imply the budget) and it kicked every game in 2017 out of the water and was my goty (yes even botw)
 

Vawn

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Hollow Knight is probably B ( because the A's imply the budget) and it kicked every game in 2017 out of the water and was my goty (yes even botw)

I don't disagree, as Hollow Knight is one of my favorites too. I realize AAA and quality are unrelated.

But when a publisher makes a comment like "Scarlet Nexus is worlds apart from the JRPGs of Bandai Namco's past", It sounds to me they are implying a much larger production budget - not that they just think the game is good. But, I guess I could be reading too much into it.

I love JRPGs and would like to see given the production budget as other AAA games. I was hoping this comment was implying this game might be that.
 

Fictive

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What woodwork do you guys crawl out of? They meant it is worlds apart from the kind of games they usually develop, shifting away from the fantasy aesthetic, not about its overall production costs.
I can see how he was interpreting the “aesthetic” part in fantasy aesthetics to mean artistically/visually. Although, it’s clear after a read they’re referring to the ideals and elements of the world (done so by explaining the science fiction aspects instead of regressing to “it’s magic.”)

I’d guess he was expecting everything as a whole, complete package to be a far cry or world’s difference from anything they’ve done before including graphically.
 

godhandiscen

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I didn't really like Astral Chain either. About halfway through I kept hoping it would end soon so my OCD would let me move onto something else.
Seriously. I just couldnt enjoy the game. I was hoping for a game like Bayoneta, and instead this turned into an action RPG game with required puzzle elements. I kept getting motion sickness.
 

Vawn

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I still haven't played Bayonetta. It's not really my genre, but I want to try it out. But, it is still $60 on Switch, and I'd probably only check it out at $20 or below.
 
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I can see how he was interpreting the “aesthetic” part in fantasy aesthetics to mean artistically/visually. Although, it’s clear after a read they’re referring to the ideals and elements of the world (done so by explaining the science fiction aspects instead of regressing to “it’s magic.”)

I’d guess he was expecting everything as a whole, complete package to be a far cry or world’s difference from anything they’ve done before including graphically.
What is a "far cry graphically" for a cross-gen multiplatform anime game?
 
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Karmic Raze

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I’m very much looking forward to this game. I was never into the fantasy element of their other JRPGs, but this seems right up my alley. Definitely going to keep my eye on this one.
 

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Yep that looks like a generic Japanese action rpg, did they borrow Sega's resonance of fate PS3 engine?