Fantasy Life Online launches in Japan this month, no word on Western release date

Game historians might recall that way back in 2002, game development studio Level 5 and Microsoft were collaborating on bringing the cel-shaded True Fantasy Life Online to Xbox. The project fell apart partially into development to the dismay of many who were anticipating the MMORPG, but Level 5 didn’t quite give up on its dream.

The studio has seen great success on mobile platforms, including its Fantasy Life series of Nintendo DS games. Now Level 5 is returning to its MMO dream with this months’ launch of Fantasy Life Online in Japan.

Described as an “MMO-lite,” Fantasy Life Online gives players the opportunity to quest and live out a career as one of several classes. There are both combat and non-combat options, and the title definitely has a lot in common with the Animal Crossing series when it comes to presentation.

There is no word as of yet on a Western version or release date, but chances are good that it is heading our way. In the meanwhile, check out the trailer after the break!

Source: TouchArcade
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kgptzac

After the failure of Wonderflick I don’t think Level 5 is capable of launching a MMO on mobile. Partly because nobody should be launching an MMO (and even more so for MMORPG) on mobile because the platform is ill suited for the genre.

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Robert Mann

There are so many reasons why I am not interested in this, although I do like that the focus seems to include far more than just combat… but that cannot outweigh the rest of things.

Add mobile microtransaction hell, and that ‘meh’ attitude toward it turns into a ‘NOPE!’

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miskav

Mobile, immediately don’t care. Can’t wait for the mobile fad to die down.

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Nemui Byakko

Do you really think this may happen?

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socontrariwise

Mobile only?

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agemyth 😩

Nitpick: the Xbox game was True Fantasy Live Online. Microsoft probably insisted on having “Live” in the name to tie in with the young Xbox Live platform trying to popularize the idea of online games on consoles.

I somehow missed the Game Archaeologist Justin wrote for that game (and linked in the article above). Were the comments eaten in the Livefyre transition or did nobody actually comment on that? :( I remember seeing it in Game Informer a couple times and hoping to have an EverQuest-like experience on console.

I heard good things about the 3DS game, but of course a mobile version is going to be ruined by the monetization. If it has player owned and customized houses that would make it better than that awful Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Ninendo put out. The video seemed to show some kind of housing items, but it wasn’t clear how much control the player had over it.

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race sweet

Is this just fantasy life from the ds with micro-transactions? That seems like a weird choice to me.

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Indigo Salma

Mobile =_=

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Xijit

Yeah, I was excited for a second there, but once they started showing the game play …