Following its localization announcement less than a month ago, NIS America has announced that Grand Kingdom will release on June 17th in Europe and June 21st in North America. The game will also feature both English and Japanese voiceovers.
Over on PlayStation Blog, NISA's Jordan Vincent gives some background on Grand Kingdom. He also touches on some of the gameplay elements found in the title.
The game’s name didn’t really click for me until I saw that it was directed by Tomohiko Deguchi, the director of Grand Knights History — a title that sadly never saw the Western shore. Some of you might better recognize him from an earlier game that he worked on: Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Mr. Deguchi has taken all the things he learned from those games and put them together into this grand tale.
The tactical combat system of Grand Kingdom makes it stand out from the rest. You’ll be fighting on lane-based 2D levels where each unit acts in turn, but their turns play out as real-time movement limited by an Action Gauge similar to Valkyria Chronicles. Since each mercenary has their own character class which defines their base stats and the type of attacks they can use, you’ll need to be careful not only about how you use your mercenaries, but also about which mercenaries you pair together.
The publisher also announced several bonus items in special launch and limited editions - there are a number of options so let's break it down:
In both North America and Europe, all pre-orders and first-print copies of Grand Kingdom will include some small bonuses in a special box. This is for the PS4 version only.
- Grand Kingdom game
- 32-page art book
- 5-track sampler CD in cardboard sleeve
Available at NISA's storefront, the Limited Edition is $59.99 for PS Vita and $79.99 for PS4. The PS4 Limited Edition will also be available at other select retailers. European price and availability not yet detailed.
- Grand Kingdom game
- 128 page faux-leather full color hardcover art book
- 15-Track original soundtrack with jewel case
- Parade poster (28.5" x 14")
- Transparent decal sticker sheet (6" x 10")
- Collector's box
Available exclusively at NISA's storefront, the Grand Edition is $79.99 for PS Vita and $99.99 for PS4. European price and availability not yet detailed.
- Everything in the Limited Edition
- Lillia poster (20" x 28.5")
- Cloth map poster (26" x 15")
- 6 Lapel pin set
- 6 Mini art prints (5" x 7")
And finally, some screenshots and box-art.