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Team Yggdra Union Unveils New Strategy Title Gungnir

PSP title set for May release. First story and preliminary gameplay details here.

Screen from Yggdra Union.

The next title from Sting, Atlus and the makers of Yggdra Union has been revealed on the pages of this week's Famitsu. The magazine has a first look at Gungnir, a new strategy RPG that will hit PSP in May.

Gungnir takes place in the empire of Gargandia, a nation in a state of civil war between the wealthy ruling Dartania race and the poor, "cursed" Leonica race.

The story begins as main character Julio Ragwell, of the Leonica race, extends a hand to a young Dartanian girl named Alissa, who was about to be sold to a different country before being saved by Julio. Julio asks her to join his resistance force.

Julio is from the poor region of Esparda. He's been with the resistance force called Esperanza since his youth and has fought many battles. He's gotten so skilled that he even has his own battalion. Julio has in his possession a special spear, the Gungnir of the game's title, which is said to house the god of war within it.

Famitsu also introduces two other characters this week: Elise and Ragnus Ragwell. Elise is a mysterious girl who calls herself messenger from the gods. Ragnus is head of the Esperanza resistance and Julio's step brother. He's actually a Dartanian, but ended up in the poor areas in his youth and has vowed revenge against the imperial army who killed his step father fifteen years back.

Gungnir will offer a familiar gameplay experience for those who've played Sting's past strategy games. Sting is promising an orthodox strategy RPG experience, complemented by some new gameplay systems that make use of Sting's experience in the field.

The exact nature of those new systems is being kept under wraps at this point, but Famitsu does mention two gameplay systems by name: tactics gauge and act sequence. Tactics gauge, said to be a key to battle, is a gauge in the left side of the screen. Using this, you can perform a variety of actions. Act Sequence is a bar at the bottom of the screen that shows your battle order. This could be important in Gungnir's battle system, as you're free to move the character you like when your turn comes up. Further gameplay details are promised for a future update.

Gungnir is currently 80% complete and will see release on May 19.

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