Dragon Star Varnir Arriving in Summer, New Combat Screenshots and Opening Movie Released
Idea Factory International has revealed that Dragon Star Varnir is now planned for release in North America and Europe in summer 2019. The announcement comes with the release of the game’s opening movie and some new combat screenshots, which can be viewed below, as well as an update to the game’s official website.
Developed by Compile Heart and released in Japan in 2018 under the title Varnir of the Dragon Star: Ecdysis of the Dragon, Dragon Star Varnir stars Zephy, a knight who becomes lost in a remote forest. He is rescued by a witch, but in the process drinks the blood of a dragon that attacked him, causing a special power to awaken. He joins up with other surviving witches, who also have draconic powers and are persecuted by the other citizens of the world.
Combat takes place in the air, with the battle area divided into three horizontal layers. The combatants can freely move between the layers, with the formation of the party providing boosts to certain members depending on their positioning. Skills are divided into physical skills, which can only attack enemies on the same layer, and magical skills, which can attack any enemy but cannot result in critical hits. Skills are also grouped into types or elements, with enemies often being weak to one or more of these. Those not in combat can be assigned as support members to the active party members and assist by guarding, countering, and providing extra attacks. Attacking enemies raises their Fear level, which in turn makes the Devour action more likely to succeed. A successful Devour sees the party member eat the enemy dragons, letting them obtain that enemy’s skill tree.
A key part of the game is feeding the witches dragon blood; not feeding them will drive them to madness, but feeding them too much will cause the dragon seed within them to fully grow into a dragon, with both sides causing significant changes to the game’s ending. The western release will feature both English and Japanese voice acting and will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4.