5 posts tagged crimson shroud
Guild01 games on sale at the eShop
From April 18 to May 30, Level-5 will sell everything from its Guild01 compilation at a discount on the U.S. eShop:
- Aero Porter - $4.99 to $2.99
- Crimson Shroud - $7.99 to $4.99
- Liberation Maiden - $7.99 to $4.99 — same price as the iOS edition (the awesome artwork above, by the way, was painted in Colors 3D by Arlmuffin)
Crimson Shroud has a very specific audience
eShop releases rarely get any serious burn on high-profile gaming sites, so big ups to Penny Arcade for dedicating a comic to this niche, tabletop-style RPG from Nex Entertainment and Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story).
Those of you who follow us on Twitter — which you all should just for the extra, goofy links we post — likely saw me lamenting that the game is “kind of not fun.” I know many others have enjoyed Crimson Shroud, and that there are certain expectations you need to go in with to appreciate the title, but it wasn’t for me.
I wasn’t a fan of the limited character customization outside of equipment upgrades and skills you learned every few battles, the two hours I spent killing skeletons in Chapter 2 to get a random drop, and other quirks that you could probably blame on Crimson Shroud being a short adventure rather than a full RPG.
My primary disappointment, I think, was I wanted more tabletop/pen-and-paper trappings in the game — tactical positioning during combat, opportunities to progress by using non-combat skills, etc. If that doesn’t sound like a big loss to you, though, don’t let me stop you from picking up Crimson Shroud. The story should meet the high expectations of Matsuno fans, and it’s really a special release that’s unlike any other RPG out there.
Crimson Shroud, the third and final (probably) eShop release from Level-5’s Guild01, will be out in both North America and Europe on December 13. The news was tucked into a press release about Aero Porter, which is out this week and is pretty intense.
In other eShop news, Ninja Gaiden (NES) will be on the 3DS Virtual Console in North America next week for $5. That news comes from… the eShop itself!
Buy: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles
See also: More eShop news and media
First screenshots from Yasumi Matsuno’s Crimson Shroud, the tabletop RPG-styled game that will be included in Level-5’s upcoming 3DS omnibus Guild01.
Matsuno, for those unfamiliar with the name, is the bloke behind landmark SRPGs like Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics. NeoGAF mod Duckroll translated game details for Crimson Shroud from the latest Famitsu:
“The game is supposed to simulate a tabletop RPG experience where there is a game master guiding the player through a campaign, and you use dice rolls to determine success or failure for your actions. The bottom screen depicts either the menu, or a map, or the die which are used to roll for actions.
Most story events on the top screen will be narrated by full screen text paragraphs overlaid on the 3D events on the screen. There is a battle screen which shows three party members against a giant minotaur, and it seems to be turn based (there is text saying ‘The minotaur attacks!’), but they’re keeping the battle system under wraps for now.”
You can see a few more screenshots and some artwork for Crimson Shroud at this Japanese page.
See also: More Guild01 media
No More Heroes creator Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda and Yoot Saito (Seaman, Odama, SimTower) working on the same project set to be published by Level-5?! Whaaatttttt?
And Yasumi Matsuno — who helmed such games as Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, and the Ogre Battle series — is also contributing? Even weirder, Yoshiyuki Hirai of Japanese comedy group America Zarigani is also working on this for some reason.
They’re all listed as creators for Guild01, a 3DS title that includes four separate games. Here are Famitsu scans (click for bigger version) and details for the titles, which I grabbed from NintendoEverything and Andriasang: