Square Enix Take a Shot at the Apple Watch With Cosmos Rings

Square Enix Take a Shot at the Apple Watch With Cosmos Rings

The Japanese developer is creating the first Apple Watch-exclusive RPG.

The current management of Square Enix is willing to try anything apparently. Today, the company announced Cosmos Rings, which is looking to be the first RPG exclusive to the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there are already RPGs like Runeblade and Watch Quest available for the Apple Watch, so Square Enix has missed that boat. First JRPG maybe? Cosmos Rings will be launching worldwide this summer.

Tiny RPG! [Images via Gamer]

According to the translation by Siliconera, the game's plot takes place in the Interval of Time, where the emotions of humanity reside. Time has stopped and it's up to you to bring back the Goddess of Time. The game features a gameplay mechanic called the Time Upstream System, which uses the Apple Watch's digital crown and it does seem to be step active in some manner.

If you noticed the "Rings" in the title, the game doesn't seem to officially be a part of Square Enix' mobile Chaos Rings series, but does share some of the production crew. Chaos Rings producer Takehiro Ando is producing the title alongside Square Enix' Shun Kanbe. Chaos Rings character designer Yusuke Naora will be handling the very tiny key visuals on the title.

Making premium RPGs for mobile platforms has worked out so far for Square Enix, but the Apple Watch feels like a smaller platform. Analysts believe that Apple sold 12 million Apple Watches in 2015, but not all or potentially most of those owners want to play premium games on the device. It'll be interesting to see where Cosmos Rings goes.

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