Breath of Fire 6 launches this week in Japan

    
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Yes, this is the proper use of the franchise.

Are you a fan of the old Breath of Fire console RPG series? Did you think that the series would be substantially improved by having a decade-long break between installments followed by a mobile-desktop hybrid MMORPG? That’s… odd, but you got your wish, as Breath of Fire 6 is launching in Japan on Wednesday, February 24th.

The game is currently in testing on Windows and Android with a possible iOS release and no word whatsoever on any sort of English localization. It’s reasonable to assume that localization would be at least partly reliant upon the game finding an audience in its native land; check out the feature trailer below to see if the game looks like something you’d even want localized.

Source: Touch Arcade
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schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

Looks like a fairly competent smartphone action RPG, and the fishing minigame seems better than what you get in about every MMO out there.

It’s not what I would expect of a Breath of Fire game, though, and not something I would look towards playing on a PC, or even a console.

Xhieron
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Xhieron

I’m going to depart from the majority here and say it actually doesn’t look that bad. In terms of what the video actually shows, it’s hard to be overly critical. The problem is that it doesn’t look that bad in the context of BOF 3 and 4–games that came out in 1997 and 2000, respectively. If this video had been released in, say, 2002, I think the reaction would be quite different.

Trouble is it’s been 15 years now. You can sell this art style as a throwback to the game’s prime–in fact, the sprites-on-pseudo-isometric scheme is in my mind one of the defining characteristics of the franchise at its best–but you have to do so knowingly and intentionally. If I could read Japanese I might be finding releases and marketing materials from Capcom that express this, but without that it looks like something that was done as a submission to development demands rather than as a nod to how the game is supposed to look and feel.

The result is that I see this as a title I desperately want to like, because BOF is a franchise that is very dear to me–and one that owing to its world should have been an easy target for adaptation into a large scale AAA MMO (hell, they already had their races and classes developed for them!). I fear, however, that even if it finds a niche, the experimental nature of this game’s design–that is, taking a beloved JRPG franchise and squeezing it into a “mobile-desktop hybrid MMORPG”–will condemn it to obscurity in a market already crowded by titles that better appeal to the demographic that’s already there (instead of the demographic that wants BOF).

By consequence, if this game makes it to the West, I’ll probably try it just to say I did (but I can’t promise that I’ll spend any money on it, which is horribly depressing in its own right), but whether it does or not, my feelings about Breath of Fire–my love for the franchise, my teenage memories of anticipation at each subsequent release, and my wistful hope that eventually the franchise could continue in a meaningful way–are regrettably not changed much by this announcement. Maybe they will be if it surprises everyone on its release, but I have my doubts.

agemyth
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agemyth

spider3 Your old games are still there :P Just pretend this doesn’t exist.

spider3
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spider3

For a second I got hyped. Then i felt disgusted just looking at the Video..
Leave our nostalgia and good memories as is plz! 16-bit JRPGs <3

Senjin92
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Senjin92

….Wait I am confused. How did we move from solid single player RPG with dragons to pseudo MMO? Not even Dragon Quarter was so much of a departure as this… thing.

MatthewSheffer
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MatthewSheffer

Game developers should be ashamed of themselves….its 2016 and they are still making games that look like its 2000.  It does not say much about the creativity.  Cant wait to see a developer actually step out of the box, and try to bring something new to the gaming community.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Just bring Fou-Lu back.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Sigbjorn FOOLISH HUMANS.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Qarran
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Qarran

Lol.  I thought I was the only one experiencing a WTF? moment.  Who is their audience?  I don’t think it is old Breath of Fire fans.