One of Nippon Ichi Software's projects that's been a long time coming called Makai Wars has finally resurfaced, though it's no longer the PlayStation title that it was initially planned to be. Makai Wars has been revealed to still be in the works, only now it's coming to market in the form of a smartphone game instead.
Fans who have followed both the company's games and the history of Makai Wars will recall that the game was initially announced over 10 years go during the 2004 E3 conference when it was unveiled as a PlayStation Portable game. Just a year after that in 2005, it was announced that the game would instead be coming out for the PlayStation 3, and after that news broke, the game was put on the back burner and very little was heard about development.
Few other announcements have emerged regarding the game, some of which included a trademark claim that kept fans' hopes alive that the game would one day be produced. One of the glimpses into the game along the way was a teaser of a character who looked a whole lot like Makai Wars' main character, Asagi but after what felt like a very long 13 years, Asagi has been confirmed to be the star protagonist in the upcoming mobile game.
As far as gameplay goes, the game looks to incorporate RPG elements with a strategy format, a style that can be seen through some of the images included here in the game's gallery. Like many fans who have waited this long would hope and expect, the characters have also been redrawn and updated to be brought up to speed on their new mobile platform. The game has been described as being a combination of the Disgaea and Yuru Dorashiru games.
For those who were still counting on some type of PlayStation release and feel slighted by the mobile format the game is planned for, all hope is not lost for the possibility of a console version. Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa commented that they have plans to eventually feature the game on consoles, though no timeframes were given.
There's no release date for Makai Wars at this time, but it is currently in progress for iOS and Android devices.