Have you at least remotely kept up with current gaming technology? Then you'll probably be able to play Level-5's new cross-platform RPG, WonderFlick. The free-to-play game is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, Android, and iOS. Each version of WonderFlick will have an exclusive dungeon.
The game is one of the major projects at the studio, according to a report by Siliconera. Level-5 president Akihiko Hino is designing the game with help from Final Fantasy XII artist Nao Ikeda and Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu (who's spreading himself around these days).
On home console platforms, the game is being built to support second-screen gaming. The Wii U goes without saying, but the Xbox One version supports SmartGlass and the PlayStation 4 version supports smartphone and tablet connections.
The surprising thing about WonderFlick's wide level of support is the lack of 3DS version. The platform is still the clear market leader in Japan, but Wonderflick is nowhere to be found. The debut trailer for the game shows the title's iOS version, showing a game that doesn't seem too graphically demanding for Nintendo's portable. Level-5 has eight games on the slate for 3DS this year and it released nine for the system in 2012, so the problem isn't one of understanding the platform. Even the newly-announced Professor Layton 7 is coming to 3DS, Android, and iOS. Some have pondered if it's that the 3DS has no system for free-to-play games, but one F2P title, Darumeshi Sports Shop, was just released on the 3DS eShop. It just seems like an odd omission.
The Vita version is probably due to Sony's heavy work on making it easier for developers for create and port games for the entire PlayStation family. Hopefully, Level-5 showing the Vita some love is a chance for the system's fortunes to turn around in Japan. Some more games from major Japanese companies could see the Vita's turnaround in 2014. Or at least send it off to Portable Valhalla in style.
WonderFlick will launch on iOS and Android this November in Japan. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One versions will be released in 2014.
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