Marvelous unveils mystery title: Hero 30
An RPG that's played in short 30 second bursts.
Marvelous Entertainment brought an end to its mystery countdown today with the unveiling of Yuusha 30. The name can be translated to "Hero 30."
The new game's official site, now in a teaser state, refers to the title as a super high-speed RPG in which the world is set to be destroyed in 30 seconds at the hands of the demon kings. A PSP release is planned for some time this year, with some form of ad-Hoc support included.
Separate from the official update, Famistu.com provided a more detailed look at the game today, coinciding with coverage in its print counterpart.
According to Famitsu.com, Hero 30 is a "new type" of RPG in which players attempt to save the world in four modes of play, each featuring a different main character and play style. Each mode has a "30" in its name, to signify that the play time from start to finish is just 30 seconds.
The four modes are as follows:
- Yuusha 30 (Hero 30)
- An RPG where you take control of a hero and defeat the demon king that awaits at the end of each stage. In each stage, you have 30 seconds to level up, strengthen your weapons, and fight the boss.
- Oujo 30 (Queen 30)
- A shooting game in which you take control of a queen who's out in search of a herb that can cure the king's illness. You fire your bow gun at demons as you work through the stages in an attempt to get the herbs and return them to the castle in 30 seconds.
- Knight 30
- A sage is about to cast a spell that will defeat all the demons. In this action game, you have to use attacks and traps to protect the sage in the 30 seconds that it takes him to cast the spell. Should the sage be killed by a demon, the game ends.
- Maou 30 (Demon King 30)
- In this real time simulation game, you take control of a demon king and summon lesser demons to defeat villains. You have 30 seconds to defeat all your foes.
The site goes a bit more in depth on the Hero 30 mode. This mode starts with players being named a hero by the king. Players then move between stages on an overworld map, with each stage listing difficulty level along with records for clear level and clear time. Once inside a stage, you move about on an enemy-filled field. Strike an enemy, and you enter into battle. Once you've become strong enough, you can take on the demon king.
There appear to be a few dots still missing in the whole picture here, but all should be cleared up shortly. Famitsu.com's print counterpart, Weekly Famitsu, reveals in this week's issue that Marvelous will be distributing demos of each mode starting some time in February.
The Famitsu.com story also offers a long list of developers/contributors to the Hero 30 project. Serving as producer is Kenichiro Takagi, with UUE listed as director. BGM is provided by Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Yasumasa Yamada, Yasuo Yamate, Norihiko Hibino, Kouji Hayama, and others. The game also has a large list of character designers, including Yoko Tsukamoto, Satoshi Nakai, Tomomi Kobayashi, and Raita Kazama. Card illustrator John Avon is credited as "background concept guest."
For game screens, see the original Famitsu.com article.