If you happened to watch the latest Nintendo Direct, then you’ll know developer Level-5 is back in business. The former Sony Interactive Entertainment second-party has been licking its wounds of late, after some serious management setbacks – but DECAPOLICE looks like a real return to form for the legendary Japanese developer.
Billed as a kind of “crime suspense RPG”, the trailer introduces a virtual world called DECAISM, which is an exact replica of reality. The central gimmick seems to revolve around the fact that clues discovered in this synthetic land can help solve crimes in the real one. It’s not a particularly new idea, but we like it all the same.
It looks especially interesting here due to Level-5’s execution: we’re really enjoying the designs of the characters and the overall anime art style, as well as the voice acting and cinematography. While details are admittedly light right now, the title’s apparently due out in 2023 on PS5 and PS4, and we reckon this could end up being one to watch.
The return of Level-5 was one of the few big highlights for me during today's Direct. They're one of my childhood favorite studios.
Every weeb in the comments section is going to say that they can hear a voice actor they recognise. I'm not even that big on anime, and I recognise at least one.
New Fantasy Life, new Professor Layton, and new IP in the same year from Level-5 after they'd abandoned the Western market entirely for years. I couldn't be happier.
Yeah this was definitely one of the highlights from the show from what I've seen. It looked really interesting and fresh. Very different vibe from your average JRPG so I'm certainly interested.
Level 5 being back is great news. And yet Inazuma Eleven wasn’t even one of the games shown!
The characters kinda run funny and the art style for both this and fantasy life 2 looked weird but very interested in both. I really gotta start the 1st fantasy life. I've been wanting to play it for ages
Level 5 games always have have always looks amazing.im happy its coming to ps4 as well.ni no kuni games are excellent.word up son
Sold and Day 1. Glad to see Level 5 back
If the Switch version holds up I’ll prolly end up getting that. Nice to have a back up platform just in case!
Lookin' good Detective Joker!
Was hoping the Fantasy Life game would come to PlayStation as well, but this looks intriguing too!
@Agramonte @playstation1995 @nessisonett @Ralizah @RBMango Also happy to see Level-5 is back! I still haven't even beaten any of the stories in their games yet, but treasure them all the same.
Especially Dragon Quest 8 and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, those take me back big time.
This looks great, hopefully if this does well we could have a remake of rogue galaxy.
Now Level 5 is back, where is yo kai watch 4?
I mean, it's Level-5, so of course I'm in, but I really wish it were Nino Kuni 3 instead...
Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga battle screen vibes there (albeit a lot more colorful)
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@DarkTron warrant what title? They are literally a former second party studio by the definition of the term. They'd only have had to make one game published by Sony to be considered a former second party studio and I belive they've made 6 games that were published by Sony
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Anime LA Noire I'm Sold.
@DarkTron how ironic.
@DarkTron it’s like you don’t understand what words mean
Former second party developer = a company that used to be a second party developer
Absolutely no other implication from that statement.
I’m a former economic researcher. Now I’ve not done that in 15 years and done other things in between but I am most certainly still a former economics researcher.
No Way....! 🤯
This game will be on PS4 & PS5 ?! 🤩
This game looks like it was specifically made for me to like.
I still think that White Knight Chronicles was one of their best games. I'd love a remaster with the online portion reinstated.
I haven't even seen the direct yet, but this is probably the best news from that show!
@Ralizah fantasy life is all that really matters, though I don't have high confidence it'll live up to expectations considering the original wasn't really them, it was more of a remake of Brownie Brown (1Up Studio)s unfinished work. I hope it still has coop.
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