Thursday, January 14, 2016

4Gamer Details Seven New Locations from Digimon World -next 0rder-, Material Harvesting & Town Development

January 14th, 2016. Tonmiha of 4Gamer reports that Bandai Namco Entertainment's latest press kit contains thirty new screenshots on the upcoming Digmion World -next 0rder-, detailing the game's material gathering, town development, camping, and training mechanics. Although -next 0rder- is only two months away from its Japanese launch date, until now little information was given on the actual game mechanics. 4Gamer also has more info on the new character Tsuzuki Shouma, who was previously introduced in last month's issue of V Jump magazine. The personal quote and profile given for Shouma differ significantly from his official profile, giving a look into more of Shouma's personal traits.

Tsuzuki Shouma/津々木ショーマ
「…特別な権限を持っているのはキミだけじゃないということさ」
"...You're not the only one with a special power."
"A young man whose communication is lacking, but whose true nature is gentle.
In contrast to his love for Digimon, his tenacity is unusually strong.
Because he's poor at talking with people, he often wears headphones to listen to music with.
He's no good at exercise."
The Digital World of -next 0rder- is configured into various areas, such as grasslands, volcanoes, and snow fields. Along with their two Digimon partners, the player can collect various food and materials in these fields to solve the problems of the Digimon they meet in their journey. Unique to -next 0rder- is the camping mechanic, which allows them to recover their strength in the field, organize collected materials, and increase their partners' parameters with the food they cook. (This last point is similar to the restaurant mechanic of Digimon World, which increased a Digimon's stats but could only be used while they were hungry.) The player can camp anywhere in the field, not limited to any particular location.

Server Desert
The screenshots given below show several new areas of the Digital World, in order; the Server Desert (サーバー砂漠), Lo-Gic Blaze Mountain (ロン・リ炎山 Note that "computer logic" is written 論理 ronri in Japanese, but the English word "Lonely" ロンリ is phonetically identical), Absolute Zero (アブソリュートゼロ), Ooguino Wasteland (オーグィノ荒野), MOD Shop Cape (MODシップ岬), Great Fault Ex Machina (大断層エクスマキナ) and Bone 'O Resort 2 (ホネ・オ・リゾート2).

Update: Famitsu has reported an eighth area, Oath Grassland (チカイノ草原).

Lo-Gic Blaze Mountain
Absolute Zero
Ooguino Wasteland
MOD Shop Cape
Great Fault Ex Machina
Bone O' Resort 2
Shiki harvests 1 DigiStone, 3 DigiSand, 1 DigiLight, and 1 DigiRock.
At collection points (採取ポイント) the player can collect the materials that have spawned, which can later be used to help develop the Village of Beginnings. Food items can also spawn at these points, to be used in cooking. This is similar to other harvesting systems in role-playing games like Etrian Odyssey, but -next 0rder- distinguishes itself by tying the system to city development.

While the Village of Beginnings initially starts out as a small town, as the player invites Digimon to rejoin the Village it will gradually develop into a lively city with commercial, agricultural, research, and entertainment districts.

The town prior to development.
Post-development: central district.
Post-development: Commerce district.
Digimon World -next 0rder- will launch in Japan March 17th, 2016, on the PlayStation Vita for 6,980 yen (7,539 JPY after tax). It is the latest entry in the World series, succeeding directly from Re:Digitize Decode on the 3DS, Re:Digitize on the PSP, and World on the PSX. Those that preorder the game will get access to five special DLC Digimon, a remastered copy of the 1999 Digimon World soundtrack, and two original Vita themes, "ver. Nostalgic" and "ver. Dot." Theme ver. Dot features a montage of original Digimon LCD sprites, while theme ver. Nostalgic turns the screen into the layout of a Digital Monster virtual pet.

A food item spawns at a collection point.
One of the training gyms used to increase a Digimon's stats.
Clockwise from the top right; Digimon have Offense, Defense, HP, MP, Brains, and Speed stats.
Digimon do not necessarily have to train the same stats at the same time. V-mon is focusing on Speed, while Tentomon focuses on Attack. Both Digimon experience smaller boosts in the stat their partner is training.
Training eventually leads to evolution.
Susanoomon is just one of several DLC Digimon.

11 comments:

  1. This looks AWESOME but still, nothing about the number of obtainable Digimon u.u'

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    1. You're totally right! But I need an incentive to make the pre-order. My hope is that at least the Digimon of Re:Digitize/Decode appear in this game ><

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    2. I think it's impossible to include a huge amount of roster as u know, the most roster in digigame history, the sunburst moonlight, usually had some many unknown digimon we've never heard before/underrated (i.e. Imperialdramon Black, Lampmon, Chichimon, Dracumon and its evo, Devitamamon, Rapidmon Black, etc)

      I'm pretty sure those who didn't follow the v-pet era mostly won't know most of the examples I mentioned.

      That\s why after SB/ML they decided to reduce the roster with replacing some with new digimon such as Aegisdramon, etc.

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    3. Its not impossible, its just a matter of them having the resources to do so Renaldi, you make it sound like some insurmountable thing when its clearly simply determined by time and budget constraints.

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    4. note that this is a world game, also being developed by bandai. They're not Nintendo-class like pokemon, of course we won't see as much or more than sunburst/moonlight which already consisted some many useless digimon like the non-canon black counterpart digimons. You also need to know that Digimon World series isn't about mostly only the roster, unlike pokemon. This kind of game is about world building, training, adventuring, and so on.

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    1. I think that's been a very staple of this kind of game, just like the poop system. I guess that's something not really important to announce now...

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  3. We gonna wait for live stream then to know how the gameplay will work

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  4. This game play is starting to get interesting, Digimon will give me the relaxation time that I need before I start submitting my resume for my next career move.

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