Around E3, Aksys was at the show to reveal their license of Ragnarok Tactics. With so many news sources from so many different places, I wanted concrete proof and not just hearsay (here’s looking at you @ValiantSaga). Aksys today has made it official. Ragnarok Tactics: Princess of Light and Darkness will be coming out this fall for PSP.
The Ragnarok universe seems to be filling out this year with this and the Ragnarok Odyssey coming to PSV from Xseed. Both games tackle the universe in very different ways with Odyssey focusing on Monster Hunger like battles and Tactics focusing on strategy gameplay. It is worthwhile to note that Apollosoft was formed from former Flight-Plan staff. Their expertise in strategy RPGs is vast, so this game should be of interest to fans of the genre even if they aren’t invested in the Ragnarok universe.
Below you’ll find the full press release from Aksys as well as the Japanese trailer for the game.
Ragnarok Tactics – The Princess of Light and Darkness
Original Strategy RPG based on the Ragnarok universe coming to North America
TORRANCE, Calif. – June 12th, 2012 – Acclaimed localization studio and video game publisher Aksys Games today announced that a strategy RPG based on the Ragnarok universe would be coming to North America as Ragnarok Tactics for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Developed by APOLLOSOFT and Chime, Ragnarok Tactics features an epic original story with numerous warring factions and multiple endings! Featuring an all-new battle system with some familiar Ragnarok universe job classes, creatures, and culture, Ragnarok Tactics is sure to sate your hunger for tactical MMO-inspired combat!
Long ago, a ferocious war, which came to be known as the Holy War, was waged. It was during this bloody conflict that humanity erected a magical barrier to keep both gods and demons from overrunning their world. Once the war was over, it was believed that peace would return. However, humanity soon began to turn on itself, and war began anew.
Many centuries after the Holy War, the Branshaldo Empire and the Aura Republic engaged in an extended war for control of the Grantria Peninsula. The conflict eventually ground to a halt and an uneasy truce was reached, as neither nation had the resources to continue fighting. Even so, the animosity between the two parties never faded, but smoldered beneath the surface, always threatening to explode into flames. In the resulting tenuous peace, the people of the peninsula began to resume their normal lives, always aware that the war could resume at any time.
It was against this backdrop that the protagonist begins their fight against rival factions, hordes of ravening monsters controlled by enigmatic puppet masters, and even their own dark impulses…
- Immersive Story –With multiple factions to support and a plethora of different endings to pursue, Ragnarok Tactics has a vast wealth of original story content for players to enjoy.
- Engaging Strategic Battles – Go beyond standard strategy RPG combat with a variety of unique tactical mechanics, such as the Overdrive, Burst Strike, or even resting mid-battle!
- Interact with Friends – Using the capabilities of the Ad Hoc mode, you can exchange weapons and engage in an “Extra Battle” with another player’s created units.
- Customizable Characters – True to the spirit of former Ragnarok games, Ragnarok Tactics features customizable characters complete with modifiable skills, stats, and job classes.
Ragnarok Tactics has not been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). More information about Ragnarok Tactics can be found at www.ragnarok-tactics.com.