More Inazuma Eleven Ares Details, Screenshots Released
Level-5 has released more information and screenshots for Inazuma Eleven Ares, its latest title in the soccer RPG series. The details start with a brief reminder of how players recruit new squad members by talking to their manager to scout for the new players, and if they meet the recruiting requirements, which can take various forms, the new player will join the squad.
The bulk of the new information and images for this update, however, focus on the gameplay in the soccer matches. With the game moving away from the DS/3DS family, there are some significant changes to how the game is controlled. When in possession, the player with the ball will advance up the field, with lines highlighting who can be passed to at that moment. Once the ball is passed, control switches to the player receiving the ball.
If players cannot pass the ball around their opponent, however, they will end up coming into contact with a defender. At this point one of the series’ regular command battles ensues. These are quick one-on-one encounters that give players three options — go left, go right, or use a special move — and will result in them beating the defender or the defender taking the ball. Command battles are also key to defending. While not in possession, players can choose to have their defence do a circle press or line press, with the goal of forcing a command battle where the same options and results are available.
Once players get within range of the goal, they will get the option to shoot, choosing the shot type and locations of the goal to aim at. Players can also unleash a special shot as one of the various skills that team members have. These skills come in four main varieties: goalkeeping, attacking, defending, and shooting, and come with special animations.
Inazuma Eleven Ares is set in an alternate world to the main series, taking place shortly after the events of the first game with the events of the second game not occurring. The game is set to be released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan in fall 2018, with a mobile version also coming to iOS and Android. Level-5 has stated that a western release is planned for Inazuma Eleven Ares in North America and Europe in 2019.