Disgaea 4 arriving for PS3 in September

NIS's latest infernal turn-based strategy RPG given narrowed release window on Sony's console; naming contest under way.

The gates of the Netherworld will soon be reopened. NIS America today announced that Disgaea 4 will be available for the PlayStation 3 in the US this September. The game is expected to arrive in Europe this fall.

The Netherworld appears to have frozen over.

Disgaea 4 will incorporate a graphical overhaul over the previous flagship installment in NIS's quirky turn-based tactics role-playing game. And while the studio has also revamped the series' battle systems, it will retain many of the series' most familiar aspects.

Characters like "Dark Hero" Axel and the penguin-like servant Prinnies will be returning, as will many familiar character and enemy types, all rerendered to take advantage of the new engine.

Beyond announcing Disgaea 4's release window, NIS said that it is accepting entries for the Come Up With a "Dis-name-a" Contest. The promotion challenges gamers with submitting names for a weapon, a special skill, and a character, with the idea that the winning entry will be included in the retail version of the game. Those interested in participating can do so on the game's official website.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Disgaea 4.

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73 comments
Xroalia
Xroalia

I can't wait for this! Disgaea is the reason I bought a PS3. I'm loving the new graphics.

PoprpgER
PoprpgER

Dood about time for another Disgaea game. I'm such a fan made my own plermer clay figures. All ready saving my money for it ;)

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@vinibr and what might that be, a Flux Trapezohedron? lol

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i felt displeased about the new ghraphics but they are growing on me, an i still gota beat the 3rd one before i get this one!

vinibr
vinibr

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Maan, you just gave me a name idea for a revamped Trapezohedron.

atopp399
atopp399

Games like this may finally drive me to getting a PS3.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Excellent news; been waiting for this one for a while. The reviews in Famitsu were very good, too. They better not pull the DLC crap they did with Disgaea 3, though, where they charged $50 extra just to let you use all the classic characters. I love NIS, but I lost a little respect for them that day.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Graphics look WAY better. I'm hyped, day one purchase for me.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

This game is going to be awesome dood! (amIdoinitrite?)

FusionRain
FusionRain

Disgaea is the meaning of "Grind Time" and I love it! Well at least playing Disgaea

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@vinibr A Delorean is nothing without a flux capacitor....

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

The last one you could go to like level 9999+ and its pretty crazy and hardcore!

vinibr
vinibr

Yay! And yet another Disgaea game. And with online versus mode. Seems like I already have 300+ hour of gameplay guaranteed. Now all I need is a Delorean. September's still months away...

TheLordHimself
TheLordHimself

Give me my European release date! Can't wait for this!

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@dark_surge I'm pretty sure they did state it'll be the last Disgaea if it doesn't do okay :( But since they've made the graphics a lot smoother they've fixed the main problem I had with it (not a graphics whore but I do like a bit of updating over the course of 3 or 4 games).

dark_surge
dark_surge

Yes! I was worried that D3 was the last Disgaea we were ever going to have the pleasure of playing with all the news of NIS being on the verge of bankruptcy. Please, anybody who doesn't want NIS to die, buy this game. Their future is likely riding on it.

huyckb04
huyckb04

And I thought turn based strategy had become a portable exclusive. Good to know I don't have to buy a PSP

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

I'm surprised Brendan didn't write this one. Disgaea 3 definitely was a bit half-assed with its PS2 sprites, but it was still funny as hell and had content for months.

BBA4LIFE
BBA4LIFE

Nice! I am very happy about this, the joy this brings us Tactical RPG lovers. Played 1 ,2 and 3 and enjoyed every bit of them. This series is pure gold and should be treated as such. Obviously going to pre order. [Off topic trolling]If you're gonna nitpick on the graphics, don't play the game. I didn't see anyone forcing this game down your throat? And stop complaining about exclusives, just be a REAL gamer and get them both. Sticking to one console seems completely pointless if you enjoy gaming. There are way too many exclusive jewels on both the PS3 and the 360 to miss out on..[Off topic trolling]

hahamanin
hahamanin

damn it too many ps3 exclusives this year.....think i gonna have to go custom

el_pablo65
el_pablo65

Day 1 pick up. Now tell us when day one will be.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@ehuman I actually only play RPG's/Single Player games on my PS3. Partly because of the shoddy online but mostly because the majority of its gamers are either too obnoxious or 5. That being said, I can't wait for this. Graphical overhaul = pre-order.

ehuman
ehuman

I played the very first Disgaea and got all the different endings. Fun filled goodness. Then I see this, then I read the comments, and then I realize how pathetic the sony exclusive community is. I'm glad I'm playing this alone.

jer_1
jer_1

Fun stuff, this is a game I can actually look forward to that won't let me down. Unlike every other game that has come out in recent years...

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Hopefully it won't be delayed by the Japan disaster, dood.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

STOOPID! Glad My PS3 died on me lol

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

I love Disgaea games,but i hope that NIS will introduce something REALLY new in this one so that it will feel a little less "ripetitive" (maybe 'cause i played too much these games,lol).

Xenogears_Rocks
Xenogears_Rocks

IM glad its only on the PS3 gives me more of a reason to get one!!! :D Nis and Atlus is awesome!!

SterlingTerror
SterlingTerror

Another awsome exclusive 360 owners WILL miss out on. Glad I own a PS3!

pszone
pszone

going to be shown bit this years E3211 line up so Disgaea always welcome. in Playstation

IceJester45
IceJester45

NIS need this to be good. The last couple of games from them have been baaaaaaaaad.

bat725
bat725

What are they talking about? I just beat down Disgaea 4.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I've completed DIsgaea 1 and 2 and seen all the way to the end of 3 as well (didn't complete it myself but watched someone else do it while I played other stuff) and they always have such good humour. Worth the purchase just for the fun and killing but I have got a little tired of the after game grinding to get to the point where you can beat the secret bosses and stuff. Hopefully 4 will keep me interested longer than 3 but then again I might have just not been in the mood to play it at that point.

jackmb
jackmb

Aww I really like Disgaea but not enough to shell out for a new console to play it on!

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

@megakick: Then Square would probably keep producing quality RPGs instead of crap like X-2 or XIV.

traykey1
traykey1

Aww, c,mon.Why not all formats so we all can enjoy the goodness theses games have.

hatmatidor
hatmatidor

Awesome, I loved afternoon of darkness.... hmm, although I hated the other one.

IPwnNooBs666
IPwnNooBs666

I can't wait for this game. Day one purchase for sure.

luffy11234
luffy11234

holy crap 12 downvotes? im just hoping alot of characters are going to be in the game.

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

I really do wish they would release these on a platform other than the ps3. I had bought disgea 1,2 phantom brave, and makai, but have missed out the the 3rd and now the 4th because I don't own a ps3... bummer I mean phantom brave was released a while later on the wii but other than that...

megakick
megakick

wow lets not change a thing. what if final fantasy used the same graphics since 6. hope this game dont cost more then $29.99

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Finally a JRPG that makes it worth dustin off my ps3.. I finished Disgaea 3 like 2 years ago and have been craving some tactical RPG's since.. I even replayed through Phantom Brave for ps2 not too long ago.

Fossil-
Fossil-

@lostn The sprites are in HD, what more do you want? Disgaea would look awful if they put it in 3D. I can't wait for this game.