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Chris Winkler
Level 5 Teams Up With Brownie Brown
Joint DS project titled Fantasy Life in the works.
08.25.09 - 5:21 PM

Development studio Level 5 held its annual Level 5 Vision event in Tokyo earlier today. At the event, the Fukuoka-based makers of White Knight Chronicles announced Fantasy Life, a DS-based title that is jointly developed by Level 5 and Brownie Brown (Heroes of Mana, Mother 3, Blue Dragon Plus, etc). The former is responsible for the planning, while the actual development is handled by the latter. The music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame. The game will let the player choose between 20 different "lives," i.e. jobs. Fantasy Life is described as a "slow life RPG" because it gives the player more freedom than traditional genre representatives. It doesn't force the player to fight again and again to gain necessary experience and level-ups. Instead, it lets the player character live his very own unique life. Nobuo Uematsu is composing 20 different ending themes for Fantasy Life.

Fantasy Life for DS will go on sale in Japan sometime next year.

Meanwhile, two handheld games which the studio had unveiled during last year's edition of Level 5 Vision saw their release dates slip into 2010. The robot-themed PlayStation Portable RPG Danball Senki and Ni no Kuni for DS are now set to go on sale in Japan only next year. The latter is set to ship in spring. The main theme will be performed by the singer "Mai," who happens to be the daughter of veteran composer Joe Hisaishi (see: all Hayao Miyazaki films).

Similar to Nintendo's Pokémon games, Inazuma Eleven 2, the sequel to last year's popular soccer RPG, is set to arrive in two different variations, "fire" and "blizzard." Both versions will feature different opening and ending themes.

As previously reported, Level 5 is also working on a second Professor Layton trilogy. The first installment of this "second season," Layton Kyouju to Mashin no Fue ("Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute") will be released in Japan on November 26th for 5,040 yen ($53.24 USD).


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