Digimon fans rejoice, it looks like Bandai Namco is planning to release several new Digimon video game titles in the near future, starting with Nintendo Switch and PC ports. Digimon World: Next Order.
The newest long-running entry Digimon World series – first released on the original PlayStation in 1999 – Digimon World: Next Order It puts players in the chosen role of two protagonists, Yakuto and Shiki (the male and female versions of the main character, respectively), as they are transported into the Digital World with their unselected counterpart.
As they grow older they start to take care of the entire Digimon world, but upon reaching the alternate dimension, they are met by their two former partners.
However, this reunion is soon disrupted by the ongoing pandemic of random Digimon making Machinedramon mindless and destructive in their own right, the effects of which are completely destroying the Digital World.
An RPG system mixed with sim mechanics, In Digimon World: Next Order The game takes a lot of inspiration from the original virtual pet toys and tasks players with caring for their Digimon by feeding them, interacting with them and even cleaning up their “waste”.
Of course, like the original toys, the core of its draw is its combat, which sees your Digimon battle against various opponents in an active-strategic system. Final Fantasy XII – the results of which can go so far as to affect your partner’s Digivolutions.
Originally, it was simply released Digimon World: Next Order In 2016 for the PlayStation Vita, the next ports of the game will be based on the updated ones of the game. Digimon World: Next Order International Edition, Which came to PlayStation 4 in 2017.
This edition had several changes and new features, including the introduction of ‘Beginner Mode’, the introduction of a running mechanic, and the addition of some new Digimon.
When it was released in 2017, Digimon World: Next Order International Edition received a mixed response.
The game’s review scores eventually settled at an average of 68 on review aggregator Metacritic, with many of the criticisms against it focusing on the quality of the port from the PlayStation Vita to the PlayStation 4.
Some reviewers, such as Destructoid’s Alisa McAloon, felt that the game’s graphics did not take advantage of the home console’s hardware.
Other reviews found the gameplay problematic, citing it as “problematically confusing” and “messy on almost every level”.
At the time, Digimon had seen more than a decade of its video game titles being considered Japanese exclusives, and many fans found it a breath of fresh air to be able to get their hands on another officially localized title.
Even if Digimon World: Next Order since then it has been overshadowed by the most successful and popular Digimon: Cyber Sleuth, the game has certainly developed its own respectable cult following.
Thankfully, the years of the ‘Digimon Drought’ are over, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, as along with the aforementioned port announcement, Bandai Namco Digimon game producer Kazumasa Jabua also revealed that there are currently “multiple”. Digimon game projects underway”.
As of writing, it is not known what form these new Digimon games may take.
That said, one of the fascinating things about the Digimon games is that Bandai Namco loves to experiment with them.
Some games, for example Digimon Cyber Sleuth and Digimon World, They are RPGs and pet simulators. However, it also has entries like franchises Digimon Survive, a visual novel that borders on horror and was developed for a more mature audience.
Suffice it to say, whatever path Bandai Namco chooses, it will at least be interesting.
Digimon World: Next Order International Edition On Nintendo Switch and PC on February 22, 2023.