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Ni no Kuni Developer Level-5 Reveals Trailer for Upcoming Mecha JRPG

Jack Gardner

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The RPG developer Level-5 is back with Megaton-Kyuu Musashi, their first original game in years. Level-5 made a name for itself creating original RPGs like Dark Cloud for the PlayStation 2, the puzzle/mystery solving Professor Layton series, the Ni no Kuni franchise, and Yo-Kai Watch.  No one is exactly sure what this new IP will be, but it has a snazzy new trailer to check out.


Megaton-Kyuu Musashi will be an RPG designed to launch a franchise across multiple media formats, much like Yo-Kai Watch. The company has plans to create an anime series, toys, and a possible manga with their partner, Weekly Shounen Jump. Megaton-Kyuu Musashi has been in the works for some time as it was announced back in 2016 during Level-5's Vision presentation that appeared to be running the game on a Nintendo 3DS and a potential PlayStation platform.


Here's what we know: Megaton-Kyuu Musashi translates to Megaton-Class Musashi. The game combines high school drama with apocalyptic conflict. The story follows the events in Shelter, a last refuge for humanity following the decimation of Earth by an alien force known as Dractor. Life inside Shelter continues almost as normal, but that normalcy covers up dark secrets as the battle for survival wages outside its fortifications.



The trailer stars Yamato Ichigodoji as the protagonist of the upcoming mecha JRPG and pilot of Musashi Unit 1. Yamato is accompanied by his friends and co-pilots the thuggish Ryugo Hijakata and freakishly calm Teru Asami, who pilot Unit 2 and 3, respectively. The three units can combine to form Megaton Musashi, the strongest humanity could create to fight the Dractor scourge.  Will these three be able to work together to liberate Doughnut Earth (so called because Dractor have drilled their hive into the very core of the planet)?


There's no word yet on what platforms we can expect to see Megaton-Kyuu Musashi debut on. The trailer certainly doesn't appear to have the game running on 3DS hardware. With the handheld system slowly easing out the end of its lifespan and Level-5's past relationship with Sony, it could be fully on PlayStation 4 or perhaps Nintendo has snapped it up as a Switch exclusive. We also don't have a release date for the title, but Level-5's willingness to show it off means that there's likely one in store for the not-too-distant future. 


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