Studio Kobojo has a history of producing free-to-play online RPGs for mobile platforms. However, their new RPG – Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey – will now be a one-time premium purchase.
The game was originally announced to be considering the free-to-play route, but after some community feedback, Zodiac will not have any free-to-play systems or micro-transactions in it.
“Listening to the great feedback we received after showing the game at GDC and E3, we’ve made the unprecedented decision to shift gears from Kobojo’s usual free-to-play format to make Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey a premium game for Western audiences,” said Kobojo CEO Mario Rizzo.
For the unaware, Zodiac is a persistent online RPG. It will have 2D hand-drawn art and will feature the writing from Final Fantasy VII writer Kazuhige Nojima, along with Nojima’s compatriot Hitoshi Sakimoto. The game’s goal is to create a multiplayer game with classic JRPG elements.
Zodiac’s pricing has not been announced, but it’s set to be revealed closer to its launch on iOS at the end of the year. The PlayStation Vita version will be released in early 2016. However, the game will have regular “episodic” updates – adding new areas, additional character classes and powers, new characters to meet, and challenges to face… all free of charge.
“The heart and soul of Zodiac has always been to bring players a classic JRPG experience regardless of platform – the kind of experience that JRPG fans enjoy, and sadly, that no longer seem as common as they once were,” said Rizzo.
That’s all we’ve got for now, but before you go check out the game’s E3 trailer for a refresher on the title (especially now that it won’t be held back by F2P tactics);