New information about Falcom’s RPG Tokyo Xanadu has been released – including character details, the setting, background events and more.
To start this puppy off, let’s have a look at Sora Ikushima – a fifteen year old first-year at Morimiya High School in Tokyo.
A member of the karate club, she has practiced the Ikushima Style with her father since a young age and is very adept at it. Actually, it was by taking her father’s teachings to heart that she got where she was – her acquired values driving her to leave her hometown of Kyushu and broaden her horizons in Tokyo.
A pure and serious person, her discipline remains unwavering when it comes to karate training – however rifts start to emerge between her and the senior members of the karate club due to the uniquely strong influence of the “other dimension” (especially when coupled with Sora’s demeanor).
Next we get information regarding the infamous Tokyo earthquake, which reportedly decimated the city. Striking March 15th, 2005 at 11:38am, the 7.5 magnitude quake was followed by aftershocks, fires, tsunamis, tornadoes and more. The damage even caused more damage as toxic gas breaks underground complicated the situation further. When all the mayhem was over, an estimated 20,200 people died and over 7,000 people are still listed as missing.
In the wake of this incident, the city has been rebuilt; the reinforcing of the urban infrastructure pushing the disaster out of the minds of the masses, and firmly into the past.
Moving on, we come to Morimiya High School – the school attended by Sora, Kou and Asuka. A mixed-gender establishment, it’s within walking distance of Morimiya Station (the centrepiece of the city) and is considered to be in a “good area”.
The main school building at Morimiya High is geared towards students, while the second building contains the library and specialized classrooms. There’s also a clubhouse building, which includes clubrooms, the cafeteria, an indoor pool and other school facilities.
Lastly, we come to the action bits of the game with the combat.
In combat, a normal attack can be executed by pressing the circle button – with repeated pressed and good timing chaining these attacks together.
In addition to normal attacks however, players have access to three types of skill attacks;
- Shooting Skills – By pressing square, you can trigger shooting skills (which are low in power, but can be rapid-fired)
- Flight Skills – By jumping and pressing the square button, you can use an aerial dash attack on the enemy.
- Strength Skills – By holding the square button, you can trigger high power skills.
Certain characters will also have certain advantages in their attacks, with Sora having short reach but swift actions, Kou having long reach, and Asuka having a good balance of power and speed.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely starting to get a better picture of what this game’s like and it seems pretty appealing. What do you think?
Tokyo Xanadu is due to release later this year in Japan, with no news on a Western localization.