Sports. Role-playing games. Combine the two and you can come up with something pretty special, as the great Everybody's Tennis demonstrated many years ago. Due out on the 5th August, Dodgeball Academia is reviving this hybrid genre — and the potential is clear to see.
This is a Japanese-style RPG that replaces fantastical battles with dodgeball matches, as protagonist Otto seeks eternal glory as the greatest dodgeball champion. The game's new trailer is all about the lore, and it makes for a fun watch.
What's more, the latest press release provides some more information on what we can expect from the game's structure. "Journey through a full-blown RPG story mode; complete with episodes, main quests, side quests, and school minigames," it reads.
"In a world where dodgeball is life, players join Otto at the academy and train to become the ultimate dodgeball champion. Across eight episodes, players will forge friendships and create rivals, all in the name of developing the best dodgeball team. Level up Otto and develop a dynamic team across a vast and customizable party progression system. All the while, explore the vast Dodgeball Academia and uncover the long hidden truths that reside within the very walls of the academy." What more could you want?
Again, there's a lot of promise here. Let's just hope that Dodgeball Academia lives up to the hype in just a few weeks' time.