Kobojo Unveils Zodiac, Its 2D RPG for Touch Devices

Atlantis Fantasy developer Kobojo has announced its newest game for PlayStation Vita and iOS devices: Zodiac. The online, persistent, Japanese-style role-playing game (RPG) was unveiled to the public for the first time at the Tokyo Game Show, giving players and introduction to the world of the game, which encourages users to “discover the 12 different Zodiac classes,” each with their own skills, as they fight enemies in a turn-based combat system.

In Zodiac, players begin a side-scrolling journey in a world that was once ruled by 12 gods. Players follow along with an ancient prophecy to discover their destiny. While details are still few, we’re told to expect “an epic saga, for you and your friends.”

The game is in development at Kobojo’s new Dundee, Scotland studio, and is being created in partnership with veteran developers and composers, including those who have worked on some of the most popular RPGs of all time in the Final Fantasy series. Specifically, these are composer Hitoshi Sakimoto and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, who, together, have written or scored titles including Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and games in the Kingdom Hearts series, among others. zodiac 650“Working with iconic developers such as Sakimoto-san and Nojima-san has pushed us to perfect every element of the RPG experience for mobile and handheld devices,” said Mario Rizzo, CEO of Kobojo, in a statement. “The combination of their deep knowledge and history along with our company’s experience and artistic style is leading to the creation of Zodiac, our dream cross-platform RPG.”

Zodiac is set to be released in 2015. The game is part of Kobojo’s new vision, which has seen the developer transfer from creating city-building and casual games for Facebook, to creating “accessible, artistic and engaging RPG experiences for touch devices.” The first game in this new direction was Mutants: Genetic Gladiators, which came to mobile earlier this year.

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