Takeyasu Sakawi’s first game, of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, didn’t fare terribly well when it was released in April of 2011 (IGN gave it a 5/10, and GameFAQs & Metacritic both rated it at 78%). However, it still gained some interest from gamers, and there was hope for a better showing in his future endeavors.
In May of this year, Sawaki announced that his second title, The Lost Child, would be released soon, and a preliminary trailer was released on YouTube later that month. Now, we’re getting a look at the second trailer for this game, and it has quickly captured our interest.
Published by Kadokawa Games, The Lost Child is the story of mystery magazine writer Hayato Ibuki, who follows the case of an individual who committed suicide in Shinjuku train station. In the midst of his investigation, an unseen force pushes him onto the train platform. The writer is saved at the last second by a mysterious yet beautiful woman named Barcia, who then hands him a case which turns out to be a sort of Pandora’s Box…
The case contains a tool called the “Demon Gun Gangor”, which has the power to capture and enslave fallen angels and demonic entities. Hayato Ibuki of course uses the ability of the tool to gather his own demonic minions. In addition to the Demon Gun Gangor, Hayato will also carry with him a tablet which has the ability to display the entities he captures (called “astrals”). The more powerful the astral, the better an ally it can become.
Each astral will have their own “skill”, which players must learn to use properly. Striking at an opponent’s weak spot with the astral’s skill will net higher damage and boost the attack. There are various types of skill, each with their own effect(s) in combat. Effects like recovery, magic, and defense can be used to the player’s advantage, and give them an edge in combat. However, as with all stories like this, tools and abilities such as these always come with their own set of troubles.
Using the Demon Gun Gangor, the tablet, and his army of astrals, Hayato teams up with a woman (or possibly an angel) named Rua, in order to chase down the paranormal events that take place in various areas. In taking on this task, Hayato also hopes to locate the mysterious woman who bestowed the case upon him.
As a spiritual successor to El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, this game will use the same mythical concepts as the first one, and will feature at least one of the original characters (Lucifel will make an appearance). Taking place in modern-day Japan, The Lost Child will showcase a conflict between demons and angels, and uses a lot of classic JRPG elements, visuals, and turn-based combat.
The Lost Child is set to hit PS4 and PS Vita on August 24th in Japan, but a North American release date has yet to be announced.