Nippon Ichi’s newly unveiled “dark fantasy action RPG” Majo to Hyakkihei (“The Witch & The Hundred Knights”) is attracting attention – through mainly due its sexy dark heroine, Bog Witch Metalica.
The plot concerns Bog Witch Metalica’s efforts to vanquish the wicked Forest Witch and swamp the world in bogs, marshes, fens and other paludal biomes, using an immortal magical summons – the “Hundred Knights,” whose role the player takes.
The most notable aspect of the game itself seems to be that veers away from traditional JRPG railroading of the player somewhat – a relatively open world with plenty of sidequests is promised, and as an amoral familiar the player can choose whether to go about things in a benign or malign manner, and be treated accordingly (or, put more bluntly, it may be “Bioware meets Disgaea”).
As for the actual game graphics – once again Nippon Ichi looks set on bringing stunning PSP level graphics to the PS3:
There is some scepticism about all this online:
“The main character is tiny?”
“Isn’t Metalica the main character?”
“Looks boring, Wii-level at best.”
“Looks like Magicka for the Japanese.”
“When they say it has freedom, there’s probably not much. They’ll never keep it balanced otherwise.”
“Protagonist, you are too small.”
“I’m looking forward to it.”
“Well, Nippon Ichi are trying at nay rate. But frankly, this looks like some overseas DL game.”
“It feels really sweet, but then they make the protagonist into a totally bland and boring character – Nippon Ichi always does this.”
Japanese release is set for the spring of 2012.