E3 2016: God Wars Dev Diary Delves into Japanese Folklore

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The fine folks at Kadowaka Games recently released a developer diary for their upcoming tactical RPG God Wars: Beyond Time. The clip is labelled as the ‘Creators Voice’ and features the director of scenarios and concepts, Mr. Yoshimi; the storyteller, Mr. Shiro; and monster designer, Mr. Sawaki. The three discuss the importance of Japanese myths and folklore for the game. And, while the video is in the developers’ native tongue, you can turn on English subtitles in the settings for the YouTube clip.

God Wars: Beyond Time | Phoenix

Sano Shiro’s amazing Yamato-e designs are in full force here.

A few other details are mentioned during the video diary such as Mr. Sawaki’s goal to design creatures that stay true to ancient drawing techniques and even tidbits about the story. In the midst of different countries warring with one another to claim dominance over all others, the land is ravaged by these fierce battles. The world spirits are displeased with humanity and start unleashing all manner of natural disasters to punish these warmongers. With this taking place ,Princess Kaguya escapes from a ritual sacrifice and travels far and wide to meet strange, new people and eventually become the one to lead Japan out of darkness.

God Wars: Beyond Time | Kaguya

The escaped princess Kaguya’s road trip starts soon…

God Wars: Beyond Time does not have a release date for Japan apart from the vague 2016 placeholder on the official site. It is, however, scheduled to appear at the Tokyo Game Show this September, which means it should come out in the later part of the year. It will be appearing on PS4 and Vita and will be coming out worldwide at some unannounced date. We will let you know more about this visually striking tactical RPG as it happens and, hopefully soon, we’ll know when it will be reaching Western shores.

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.