While it doesn’t seem like SEGA have any plans for 7th Dragon (DS), 7th Dragon 2020 (PSP) or 7th Dragon 2020-II (PSP), the company have confirmed they are extending their localisation plans of Japanese video games by releasing 7th Dragon III Code: VFD on the Nintendo 3DS outside Japan. This follows their past and ongoing localisation work on text-heavy franchises such as Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 and Valkyria Chronicles Remastered.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD is a turn-based dungeon crawling RPG on the Nintendo 3DS which tasks players with saving the world using a cast of customisable characters with diverse party roles. Outside of battles, players can also take advantage of base building systems, dating mechanics and a cat cafe (Because, why not?).
In 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, the world is engulfed in a time of darkness and great peril. In the year 2100, dragons have descended upon Earth and humanity is at the mercy of these terrifying beasts. However, not all is lost. As the protagonist, the player will team up with Nodens Enterprises — a video game company dedicated to stopping the dragon menace — to become a dragon hunter and eventual savior of the universe. Although times are bleak, Nodens Enterprises has found a way to tip the scales in favor of mankind: By traveling through time to three different eras, the protagonist can upset the balance of the dragons’ power. This will give them the edge to defeat the True Dragons, and stand a chance against the most powerful one of them all… the 7th Dragon: VFD. While this is the first title in the 7th Dragon franchise to be released outside of Japan, SEGA claims that the story is comprehensive, and no prior knowledge is necessary.
Below is some additional information on the game:
In a quest for the ages, players will explore numerous dungeons in the mythical kingdom of Atlantis, futuristic capital of the land of Eden, and present-day Tokyo. Fighting enemies and dragons can’t be done by just one person, so thankfully the protagonist won’t be doing it alone. The main character can be joined by two squad members in the field, and have up to nine characters in their party. With eight distinct classes, 40 voice options, and 96 appearance variations, gamers can create and customize the perfect dragon hunting team to their heart’s content. Each dragon takes immense skill and cunning strategy to defeat, so choosing the right squad — and right look — is paramount.
Besides traveling through time and desperately trying to save the Earth , the team can unwind at Nodens Enterprises HQ where they can develop character skills, participate in numerous side quests, and even go on dates. Moreover, new floors can be added to the building with essential support areas such as a library, skylounge, cat café, and evacuation wards. Wait, cat café? That’s right — stray cats can be rescued during dungeon crawls and brought back HQ to lounge at the cat café. And yes, while people can be rescued as well, cats are clearly the priority.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD is set for release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS later this year. Available both at retail and through the digital Nintendo eShop, expect to pick this up for approximately $39.99 USD or local equivalent.