Welcome to the world of Lost Sphear

Posted on September 2, 2017

Nothing quite gets me hyped up for a game more than a new gameplay trailer, and the latest one for Square Enix’s Lost Sphear is no exception.

Follow up game to I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear looks simply stunning, with sweeping shots of landscape exploration, as well as battle footage showing off its combination of turn-based, and tactic mechanics. The art style of Lost Sphear would appear to be mirroring that of its predecessor but with finer details and a more chibi-like feel.

The trailer starts off by showing us number of different locales found within the game that Kanata and his companions will be able to discover on foot, ship, and possibly airship. We then get to see Kanata in action as he works to restore the disappearing world, using the power of memories to bring back not only parts of a town, but whole areas on the world map.

Of course no gameplay trailer would be complete without some juicy battle sequences to enjoy, and developers Tokyo RPG Factory didn’t disappoint us. We get to see, up close, how the new battle system will work, as players will be able to position themselves during battle to optimise their effectiveness (very much a ‘tactics’ thing). Depending on what attacks you make enemies can all be struck simultaneously, but it would appear that certain moves can displace enemies on the field so it may be beneficial to calculate your attacks.

Vulcosuits make an appearance in the latest trailer and appear to act as both tools to help players progress through obstacles within the world, as well as powerful attacks aides in battle. We even get to see a snippet of footage featuring a Vulcosuit two-man combo shown in the guise of an attack technique named X-Strike which creates an after image ‘X’ after the blow has landed.

Having only recently played I Am Setsuna, that feeling of wonder and amazement in such a small RPG hasn’t abated, I simply want more. A lot of hard work has been put into Lost Sphear, that much is clear, as it radiates that classic JRPG style of play, while still feeling new and fresh. Set for release on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC January 28th, 2018 this game is certainly one to watch if, like me, you’re an avid role-playing gamer.