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Square Enix Sets Release Date For Retro JRPG Lost Sphear

Tokyo RPG Factory is a development team created by Square Enix specifically to create golden-age style JRPGs. Their first game, I Am Setsuna, was received with mixed results but it definitely showed the commitment to the style of classic games like Chrono Trigger.

The sophomore release Lost Sphear, which isn't a direct sequel to I Am Setsuna but will expand on its features and design, was announced in May and Square Enix has revealed that it will be coming to PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on January 28th, 2018. 

Lost Sphear puts you into the role of a young man named Kanata who's world is being erased by an ominous presence. It looks to have a similar style to I Am Setsuna, keeping with Tokyo RPG Factory's desire to create games that channel the energy of classic style JRPGS, with an immediately apparent improvement.

I Am Setsuna was a familiar and endearing experience held back by convoluted combat and a lackluster narrative as noted in our review.  Lost Sphere keeps the combat from Tokyo RPG Factory's first game that was very clearly influenced by Chrono Trigger, but gives the player the freedom to move around the battlefield before attacking. We'll have to wait and see if the narrative is improved, but it looks like the developers are improving where their previous title had issues. 

Lost Sphere will launch digitally on the PlayStation®Store, Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and Steam on January 23rd, 2018. A physical edition will be available for PS4 and Nintendo Switch via the Square Enix online store as well. 

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