NIS America has announced that Grand Kingdom - a tactical RPG from Spike Chunsoft - will be getting an English release this summer. It is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe
Grand Kingdom is developed by Monochro and directed by Tomohiko Deguchi, whose previous work, Grand Knight's History, never saw a release in the west. Hitoshi Sakimoto's company, Basiscape, (Final Fantasy XII, Valkyria Chronicles) is responsible for the musical score.
“We are very excited to be partnering with NIS America to localize and release Grand Kingdom in the West. Danganronpa has seen great success with NIS America so far, and we are confident that they will also do the best job of bringing the experience we envisioned for Grand Kingdom to fans. We hope that fans all over the world will support us and enjoy this new game as well,” said Spike Chunsoft CEO Mitsutoshi Sakurai.
“We’re very happy to be working with Spike Chunsoft once again,” said NIS America CEO Takuro Yamashita. “Our company was built on tactical and strategy games, such as Disgaea, and it is our goal to create a legacy of fans for Grand Kingdom just as dedicated as those of the Disgaea and Danganronpa series.”
We wrote about this title last summer when it was announced in Japan. Four competing major powers are locked in a struggle for dominance in the world of Grand Kingdom. Players command a group of mercenaries and it's up to them to decide which faction they will lend their services to.
Combat is carried out on a turn-based order system, but players are able to move through the battlefield and chain combos together to maximize damage. Positioning is an important element in Grand Kingdom and players must think about the strengths and weaknesses of their mercenary group to survive.
Although the game is described as an "online RPG," Grand Kingdom will support offline play. In online multiplayer, players are pit against one another on opposing major powers; invading and defending territories effectively is the key to success.
View the teaser trailer, press release, and screenshots below.
After the fall of the once-prosperous Uldein Empire over one hundred years ago, the Four Great Nations now wage war to claim dominion over the Resonail continent. Battles are no longer fought by honorable knights loyal to a nation, but by mercenaries who sell their services to the highest bidder.
As the leader of a mercenary squad, the player will lead their troops across a battle-scarred continent, overcoming obstacles and adversaries as they complete quests doled out by each nation. In doing so, they will unravel the mystery behind the downfall of a mighty empire.
With an impressive battle system that combines fast-paced action with strategic planning, and featuring robust character creation and customization options,Grand Kingdom is a Tactical RPG the likes of which has never been seen before. Assemble a squad of mercenaries, form an exclusive contract with one of the Four Great Nations, and participate in war with other players online for the future of Resonail.
But remember- in this new age of war, there is only room for one Grand Kingdom.