Following the release of Odin Sphere: Leifthraiser, Atlus announced today that Vanillaware's next game—13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim—will be localized and released in the west. 13 Sentinels is currently slated to release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is directed by George Kamitani who previously directed Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown. The game is in some ways a departure from his previous two Vanillaware outings, foregoing the fantasy setting the company is known for and instead taking place in a modern setting. Atlus even released some stills from the TGS trailer.
While the press release suggests that the game's world "may be bleak, Vanillaware's signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life."
13 Sentinels was announced at Tokyo Game Show 2015 when the game was teased after the announcement of Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, an HD remake of the PlayStation 2 game for the PS3 and PS4. There's no word yet on the game's exact story or plot, but it's a safe bet that 13 Sentinels will be another beautifully drawn, action adventure game.
Vanillaware was founded in 2002 and quickly became recognized for the company's 2D artwork, which is instantly recognizable for fans. Since then, the company released many different titles that typically feature fantasy elements, whether it's the knights and sorcery of Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown, or feudal Japan in Muramasa: The Demon Blade. I'm very curious to see what the company will do for its first modern setting, and with a sci-fi premise featuring mechs no less.
No word yet on when the game will come out in either Japan or the west, but we will update the story when more details are available.