Level-5 Provides New Inazuma Eleven Update, Images
Level-5 provided a new update on development of its latest title in the Inazuma Eleven soccer RPG series. The update comes with the reveal of an adjusted title, with it changing from Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes to Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes. The new title is said to better reflect the game’s readjusted original story.
Victory Road of Heroes is planned to have two separate game modes. The first is its original story mode, which stars new protagonist Unmei Sasanami. The other is a “Chronicle Mode” where players will build up a team feature characters from across the Inazuma Eleven series as the title was initially envisioned.
In the original story, Unmei Sasanami is different to past protagonists in that he is a coach and scout rather than a player. The story is also set in a brand new school in Nagasaki rather than Raimon, the school from previous titles. The story was initially planned to take place in an alternate timeline to the original series, but is now a wholly originally tale. Meanwhile, the Chronicle Mode lets players create their own team with past characters. By taking on opponents and completing challenges, players can unlock more characters and opponents.
The developer stated the game’s biggest challenge is transitioning the series stylus-based gameplay from Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS to different systems. It has finally created a “Free Soccer Interface” system, which gives players multiple options on the layout and controls based on the platform. The company provided details for the Nintendo Switch controls. In handheld and table modes, players can position the system horizontally or vertically and use the controller or touch controls. In TV mode, players use the controller with the pitch aligned horizontally or vertically depending on player preference. Otherwise, the game is planned to follow a similar gameplay style to the rest of the series.
Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes was originally announced as Inazuma Eleven Ares in 2016. The game is in development for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with more details expected this winter.