RPGFan


WildARMS Developers Working On Wizard of Oz RPG
06.18.08 - 4:58 PM

Media Vision, the development studio behind Sony Computer Entertaiment's long-running WildARMS series is working on a new DS-based RPG titled Riz-Zoawd. Tetsuya Ookubo, who previously worked as a designer on the WildARMS series, is producing the game, while another WildARMS series veteran, Nobuo Nakazawa is serving as Riz-Zoawd's game designer. The game's soundtrack is composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto and WildARMS series composer Michiko Naruke.

Published by D3 Publisher in Japan, the game is based on The Wizard of Oz.
The player will control the story's heroine Dorothy. Familiar faces, such as Dorothy's dog Toto, the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man or the Wizard of Oz also will make appearances in the game. In return for granting her a wish, the Wizard orders Dorothy to collect magic eggs.

Media Vision has re-created the various locations in 3D. The developers emphasize the lack of any button pressing, as the player will control all of Dorothy's action with the DS' stylus. To realize this button-less controls the DS' lower screen will display a virtual track ball. By using this virtual track ball in combination with the stylus, players can control Dorothy's movement or change the camera angles.

Riz-Zoawd will feature turn-based battles with up to three active party members. When Dorothy runs into a foe on the field map, she is given the option to engage the enemy, change party members or run away.

Riz-Zoawd will be available in Japan sometime this winter.


Back

Chris Winkler





Coming Up on Twitch

Final Fantasy XV
Sunday, Dec. 4 • 11am PST/2pm EST

Star Wars: KotOR
Every Tuesday • 11am PST/2pm EST

Final Fantasy V
Every Wednesday • 5pm PST/8pm EST

Transistor
Every Thursday • 4:30pm PST/7:30pm EST

Suikoden 5
Every Friday • 5pm PST/8pm EST

Featured Content
Root Letter Review
Root Letter
Review
Pokémon Sun & Moon Preview
Pokémon Sun & Moon
Preview
Tyranny Review
Tyranny
Review
The 30th Anniversary The Legend of Zelda Game Music Collection Review
The 30th Anniversary The Legend of Zelda Game Music Collection
Review
Final Fantasy XV Preview
Final Fantasy XV
Hands-On Preview
Retro Encounter Bonus Round: RPG Confessional
Retro Encounter Bonus Round: RPG Confessional
Podcast
RSS Feeds & More
Complete Feed
Reviews Feed
Media Feed
Random Encounter
Rhythm Encounter
Retro Encounter