GDC 07: Lost Odyssey Updated Impressions

We get a taste of the darker side of Mistwalker with a demo of its upcoming action role-playing game, Lost Odyssey.

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Hironobu Sakaguchi was in San Francisco to show off a couple of new role-playing games for the 2007 Game Developers Conference. Of course, coming from Sakaguchi, it's difficult not to draw comparisons between his latest game and the gold standard for role-playing games (which he helped create), Final Fantasy. Of the two games he was in town to present, the one that had the closest look and feel to a Final Fantasy game was Lost Odyssey. We sat in on a demonstration of the game, and although little was revealed in the way of details about the story or gameplay, we did come away with a better idea of what to expect from Lost Odyssey.

It's an action role-playing game set in a world that is equal parts fantasy and science fiction. The game stars five immortal heroes who have lived for 1,000 years. Apparently, 30 years ago, a strange new power brought "magic energy" to the world. This energy was integrated into everything from technology to warfare, but of course, the power comes with some serious consequences.

We unfortunately didn't learn anything more about the story, but we did get a good idea about the overall style and tone of the game. We watched a lengthy intro movie accompanied by some pretty opera music that gave us an extended fly-through of a huge, sprawling city. The city was packed full of ramshackle structures that seemed to indicate a life of poverty for many of the city's inhabitants. In the middle of the city was a huge monolithic structure that appeared to be a military installment of some sort. All of the buildings were grimy and dirty, seemingly to give the appearance of an early, industrialized civilization.

Later, we watched a cutscene complete with English voice-overs. In the scene, a man and a woman were standing in a secluded alleyway having a discussion. They were apparently off on a mission of some sort but were waiting for another person to show up. Soon, a very drunk man appeared from a door nearby, accompanied by three blond and scantily clad women. The man joked around about being needed for an important mission and eventually after some coercion was convinced to take leave of his female companions. The whole scene was quite funny, and the English voice acting sounded good. Apparently, although the game has a gloomy, somber look, it will have its share of humor as well.

The final scene we saw was of a submarine entering an underwater structure. Apparently, there are several sequences in the game where you'll control a submarine and cruise the depths of the ocean. You'll have complete control of the vessel, but what you'll actually do with it remains to be seen. The video we watched was a short render of a sub spiraling up an iridescent column that looked like something from a science-fiction movie.

One of the more concrete details revealed during the demonstration is that Lost Odyssey is planned for a simultaneous release in Japan and North America before the end of this year. It was also suggested that the game would launch in Europe at the same time, although that seemed to be a bit more up in the air at this point. Regardless, it should be interesting to see not one, but two, Mistwalker RPGs released this year on the Xbox 360. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available about Lost Odyssey, so be sure to check back here often. While you wait, you'll also want to take a look at our recent impressions of Mistwalker's other highly anticipated RPG, Blue Dragon.

Discussion

80 comments
nero374
nero374

looks pretty good. Hopefully it will live up to my expectations.

djochei
djochei

i am the only one who thought this game was canceled?

Nawras
Nawras

This will be a BRILLIANT game I am sure!

yiwei
yiwei

lol I also thought it was a girl... meh it's just another kickass guy again... well FF team... i guess they haven't got influenced by the girl-fanatic Enix people yet

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

those videos of gamplay video 1, awsome, giant machines that ressurect your troops, freakin' sweet! i actually thought that the main charcter was a chick at the first part, and that dude went through those troops like nothing while his troops where getting slaughtered. holy hell this will be freakin' awsome, i must have this game!

whaler06
whaler06

I Trust anyone that worked on the FF Team so i bet you its going to be good

seedeater
seedeater

Yeah when I was watching the trailer when I saw the main character jump out into action I thought "Wow that girl is bada$$"

MorkkiTH
MorkkiTH

Finally RPG library is growing!

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

L1qu1dSword "Freaking Finally! An RPG that might feature some guts and blood, and doesent have some annoying little kid or a guy that looks like a chick as the main character! I love it! " *agrees* I agree about the gore but from the neck up, the main character still looks like a chick IMO.

Shundhit
Shundhit

What is the game about? Gameplay? No one likes to hear about the setting, Gamespot. C'mon let's hear about the gameplay.

L1qu1dSword
L1qu1dSword

"Freaking Finally! An RPG that might feature some guts and blood, and doesent have some annoying little kid or a guy that looks like a chick as the main character! I love it! " *agrees*

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Well the setting sure sounds nice, if nothing else.

ananda81
ananda81

Lost Odyssey shall be mine! XD Holiday 2007.......WOOOOT!!!

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Freaking Finally! An RPG that might feature some guts and blood, and doesent have some annoying little kid or a guy that looks like a chick as the main character! I love it!

Eagles5
Eagles5

i would buy a 360 again for this game

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Looks pretty cool. The graphics looks amazing too.

Beesond
Beesond

I can't wait for this game to come out, I want is so bad!

manolobrown2
manolobrown2

This game will be one of the best rpgs of the year!

DazKurupt
DazKurupt

Soon, a very drunk man appeared from a door nearby, accompanied by three blond and scantily clad women. The man joked around about being needed for an important mission and eventually after some coercion was convinced to take leave of his female companions. The whole scene was quite funny, and the English voice acting sounded good. Apparently, although the game has a gloomy, somber look, it will have its share of humor as well. Non turn based ff looking game ftw. I like this guys style ...can't wait for this one.

Enginwolf04
Enginwolf04

I've heard about both this game and Blue Dragon for well over a year now, and it's good to see something come to fruition on these two promising games. I certainly will keep an open mind, but I am mostly looking forward to some traditional RPG action with some sort of a new approach implemented. I have a lot of faith in someone who generated the Final Fantasy games, so I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

KingKobe08
KingKobe08

I hope its good. Hopefully Mistwalker will make as good games as the pre-Enix Square. Sounds like an anti-Sony comment to me (since Square-Enix basically worked on games exclusively for PS systems besides the handhelds). You must not have played Dragon's Quest 8, Rogue Galaxy or Final Fantasy XII - I'll forgive you though. On-topic though Lost Odyssey looks great.

RPG_Worshiper
RPG_Worshiper

Looks very interesting. The character models actually remind me of Final Fantasy XI. They look very polished and cut. I look forward to seeing how exactly this game will play. It' s an action role-playing game, and that's good, but after playing Rogue Galaxy (Not That Good) I'm not sure if I like the genre. Who knows, maybe they'll hit it right on the nail and give us an awesome game.

nicedude82
nicedude82

nice....sounds like an awesome game!

ShirkDawg
ShirkDawg

I hope its good. Hopefully Mistwalker will make as good games as the pre-Enix Square.

mack10
mack10

2007 is gonna rock on botht he 360 and PS3...should be a good year....can't wait for the good games to roll around.

thewesman
thewesman

Whooooo!!!! 2007 is gonna rock on the 360!!!

yukine
yukine

Looks fairly interesting, even if not much is known yet.

DarkChaoMan75
DarkChaoMan75

Looks awsome! can't wait to get my hands on it!

Rambo_Potter
Rambo_Potter

Sounds great but I wanna see some more gameplay. The last bit I saw was kinda of boring.

Blace_07
Blace_07

A simultaneous release for North America and Japan?! Freakin sweet!!!

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

With this game, Mass Effect and Blue Dragon, the 360 is starting to look much more appealing. Mistwalker appears to be doing things right.

FiddleStick
FiddleStick

first of all i wanna point out that markr1003 is a sad little hater. now that thats out of the way...this game is gonna be awesome!! GO MISTWALKER!!!

eva360
eva360

YES YES YES! I love mistwalker!

psychowarden
psychowarden

Finally, the 360 game I've been waiting for. No more of this "create your own character" bull. Now we get a real story with actual meaning. Thank God for Mistwalker.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

markr1003 is trolling on all the xbox360 topics. pretty sad. btw is the trailer out for this

markr1003
markr1003

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GFofgaming
GFofgaming

We just have to wait and See 360's best JRPG effords so far.

makemeweak
makemeweak

By the end of the year! That's great news!!!

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

turnbased rpgs are about stategy. Like chess, I like both turnedbased as well ac real time. Turned based rpgs are turned based because they arent trying to be action games. And even though FFXII is in real time, the combat is still turned based in nature. Especially if you try to command the entire parties every action. Which you end up doing anyway as it gets harder. Gambits mostly made tedious easy fights easier to stand. Andways... The reason why the LP demo was lacking was because it was only about 25% of the combat engine. He said it even before he released the demo. That it was a complete combat engine, They left that stuff out so they could focus on making it instead of focusing on creating a demo.

karriston
karriston

Insanitymanitee: No strategy in RPGs? Try beating Osma in FF9 then, it's almost impossible even with all your characters at max levels. In regards to Lost Odyssey, I wan't really impressed by the trailer, perhaps it'll get better as time goes on.

Insanitymanitee
Insanitymanitee

Besides that, you really shouldn't judge this game or any game by video. A video can be anything from what the designers want you to feel when your playing the game (i.e. pre-rendered) to actual gameplay video that shows nothing of the actual controls or if it really is any fun. The only thing that should persuade your judgement should be a demo...and of course whatever the fine folks at GS say! ;) Oh, and I totally agree about williamwu1985's comment about DQ8. Aaaaaaaaaaaah, it's soo obnoxiously long, not because of content, but the simple fact that you need to camp outside of a town for hours just leveling up and collecting golds. At first I was all like :) but then I was all like [o]"[0]*