So no one loses anything. Not bad? We don't think PS2-PSP connectivity is really going to take off any time soon, so opting out of using such a gimmick is a good thing. But, there are so many more possibilities with PS3-PSP connectivity ...
Oh, and don't forget to see our updated gallery.
Where does the influence for the unique western music come from?
From all the western movies I used to enjoy as a child. I think the idea of something being "cool" is a worldwide concept. I thought combining the musical style from western movies with the style from anime (Japanese cartoons) would create an original Wild ARMs soundtrack that would be considered very "cool" by many people. That is what we strive to achieve with each new game's soundtrack.
Was this game originally created as a strategy-RPG?
It was planned as a strategy RPG from the initial stages. The past few Wild ARMs games had become more action-based but we wanted to add more depth to the battle tactics while creating a new concept in the Wild ARMs series. Another reason was that we wanted a faster paced story element, especially since the story in Wild ARMs XF is constantly changing with many plot twists. If we kept it the same style as previous Wild ARMs games, the pace of the story gets put on hold every time the player gets lost or can't find the next dungeon. We branched off to the strategy RPG genre so that the story can be enjoyed at the speedy pace that it was meant for.
Are you excited for the upcoming SPRG, Wild Arms XF? Sony's handheld has become the platform of choice for strategists, and XSEED plans on delivering yet another experience on the PSP. Not only do we have an overwhelming amount of new screenshots, we have character bios for you, after the break.
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Here's a pretty comprehensive look at the upcoming PSP-exclusive SRPG, Wild Arms XF. This Japanese trailer clocks in at three minutes, and showcases the attractive 2D sprites the game employs. It'll be interesting to see whether or not Wild Arms XF has the stuff to compete against Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics.
Every great Japanese RPG needs to have anime cutscenes and a bubbly J-pop intro. Wild Arms XF, the upcoming PSP-exclusive SRPG, is no different. This newly released Japanese trailer reveals gameplay, but with the usual Japanese anime-inspired trimmings. Of course, we're not complaining -- as is the case of titles like this, it's part of the charm.
- "Set once again in the land of Falgaia, Wild Arms XF tells the story of Clarisa, a knight in the army of the peaceful kingdom of Elecius. The story begins when the queen is killed in what appears to be more than just an accident."
- "During battle, you move the members of your party in turn with the enemies."
- "By connecting your PSP to your PS2 via USB, you'll unlock six secret bosses in Wild Arms 5. XF sees more benefit, as you get better items and rewards and even get to see some special events."
Regardless, the game certainly looks pretty. It appears the title will also have connectivity with Wild Arms 5 on PS2, so true fans of the series will want to pick up both. We hope to unearth more details and screenshots in the coming weeks.
According to a report just filed by our friends at IGN, Sony is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wild Arms RPG franchise in a big, big way. Wild Arms XF for the PSP is officially in development. It joins big-brother, Wild Arms: Fith Vanguard for the PS2, on the series roster. Previously announced, Fifth Vanguard hits stores in Japan on Devember 14th. The PSP incarnation will follow sometime in 2007.
No details about the gameplay elements of the PSP game were revealed, but we'll keep a close eye on this one for you.
[Update 1: The game is not a port. It's a "complete new work" as seen on the official Japanese website.]