Disgaea, Atelier crossover for PS3 headed to US, Europe

Nippon Ichi to bring Trinity Universe to Sony's system this June; familiar faces like Etna, Prinnies jump to 3D in upcoming role-playing game.

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While Nippon Ichi Software is still a niche publisher of games in the West, it has enjoyed continued success with its imported role-playing games, specifically the Disgaea series of strategy RPGs and the more traditionalist Atelier RPG franchise. Gamers will soon discover if those tastes taste great together, as NIS announced today that will publishing the Disgaea-Atelier crossover game Trinity Universe in North America and Europe this June.

Trinity Universe reimagines characters like Disgaea's Etna in three dimensions.
Trinity Universe reimagines characters like Disgaea's Etna in three dimensions.

Set for release on the PlayStation 3, the RPG Trinity Universe will take the pair of 2D franchises into the third dimension for the first time. The game will feature faces familiar to fans of the series, including original Disgaea staples Etna, Flonne, and the ever-abused army of penguin servants known as Prinnies. Nippon Ichi promises a wealth of other guest appearances that should ring a bell for fans of the publisher's franchises.

Beyond the returning characters, Trinity Universe will be set in an original Netheruniverse in danger of demolition from space debris. Previously, the Netheruniverse had been protected by a series of Demon God Kings whose title came with the understanding that they would eventually sacrifice themselves to prevent such calamity. But the latest such ruler, Kanata, has gone into hiding rather than accept the responsibility. Meanwhile, galactic peacekeeping valkyrie Rizelea has learned of the peril and launches her own investigation into the matter.

Trinity Universe is being developed by Idea Factory, the outfit behind a wide swatch of strategy games, from this month's DS debut Spectral Force Genesis to PSP efforts Neverland Card Battles and Generation of Chaos. For more on the crossover RPG's contributing franchises, check out GameSpot's reviews of Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice and Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm.

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This game is going to be quite awesome. I dont know those other characters but I do know Etna and crew since ive now played every Disgaea, I so cant wait, lol.

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Look, I'm a huge RPG fan, and I love NIS, as well as Atlus, and back when they were around Working Designs.....but the JRPG genre needs a shot in the arm, not another campy cross-over attempt. Sorry, but just throwing familiar characters and more prinnies at us isn't enough, and unfortunately, this looks like it might be another "Cross Edge" or "Last Rebellion" (forgettable effort)

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Crap, more games to buy...I am so behind.

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I'm getting this game on day one dood.

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This will be pretty ugly, IMO. (Big 2D fan.)

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yes finally ive been waiting for this

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NIS is in a tough position. They put out the games they do for a niche audience for whom graphics or gameplay accessibility are not priority #1. On the other hand, some of the laziness of the games they've published risks alienating even their most core fans - some of the the games have design choices that are not "hardcore" but simply bizarre or poorly thought out. If they can keep what makes their games unique (and not an attempt at mass market acceptability like one recent series) and fix basic things, they're games could return to Disgaea glory.

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I had no problem with Cross Edge although it could have been a lot better.Although the game was'nt a success it was'nt a total failure either.It was interesting to see the characters from a number of titles and publishers put together. I am hoping that Trinity Universe is better and I am looking forward to it. Ihope it comes with some cool pre-order bonuses.

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Welp...there goes like...the last 2D JRPG franchise. 2D is officially dead.

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29/40 from Famitsu and they are usually more generous in japan, so it's probably just as bad as cross edge lol.

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cross edge wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. it had alot of potential to be a really good game, but it just couldnt, get exciting enough to make it a great game.

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Why isn't Laharl in any of these games?

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I hope it's better than Cross Edge was.

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cross edge is said to be terrible so i really hope NIS gets their head in the game this time

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Nis has been more miss than hit with their more recent games. I hope this one's a change in fortune...

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We'll see...

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What can I say!? It looks ugly and outdated! We need better graphics and new sprite!

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