Crunchyroll Games has announced that its latest game title, an original anime-inspired (naturally) mobile game called Grand Alliance is now available for pre-registration. The game, soon to be available worldwide on both iOS and Android worldwide (with some exceptions in East Asia), will be an RPG brawler, developed in partnership with VIZ Media and Gaudium (Armor Blitz). It’s the first release from Crunchyroll Games that isn’t based on an existing property.
Taking place in an “industrial age fantasy world at the brink of war”, a tyrant traitor has seized control over the once prosperous Alycon Empire after the Imperial family was torn asunder. The 5 noble houses that once were allies now scheme and plot against each other to gain control of the Spires, the source of powerful magic in the world. The player’s journey follows the story of Amelia Ravensburg, the last true heir to the throne, and her closest allies in their journey to restore balance and return the land to its former glory.
Here’s what we know so far about the game’s mechanics. Players will fight in real-time across an isometric battlefield, using each character’s abilities to build up to MOBA-style ultimates. They put a great deal of emphasis on the precision and timing in the game, something rare in mobile titles. As an RPG, you’ll also get to change up each character’s skills and equipment as you go along (which will probably be acquired through grinding or microtransactions), allowing for a lot of variance in playstyle. It won’t be turn-based like a lot of RPG’s, and the dungeon crawls and battlefields will be fast-paced and filled with enemies. As a final bonus, they will also be including a PvP Arena where you can pit your squad against others online.
Grand Alliance is a part of Crunchyroll’s “broader commitment to building out a full slate of 360-degree experiences to deepen the community’s engagement with their favorite shows”. Previous titles include Mass for the Dead, Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost, Grand Summoners, RWBY: Crystal Match, and Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle. The new game has a sort of “stretch goal” system for pre-registration, and the more people sign up the better the rewards are, including new characters and in-game currency.