Capcom Unity posted a link today to the newest trailer for The Last Ranker, the upcoming RPG from (among others) Etrian Odyssey director Kazuya Niinou. I’ve been pretty eager to learn more about it because I’m pretty much smitten with everything Niinou touches, and Last Ranker seems like a formula for success: A Niinou RPG backed by a publisher capable of sinking enough dough into the game to come up with a fairly high-quality (read: PS2-quality) production. Also I guess some Breath of Fire veterans are on board as well, in some capacity. Needless to say, I was excited to watch the trailer.
And then… I actually watched the trailer. Now I am not excited for the game at all. This makes me sad. But seriously, look at this:
What the heck! How could these people come up with something so grotesquely generic-looking!? Everyone dresses like Tidus, and the battle system appears to be two people taking turns hitting each other. I realize that “two people taking turns hitting each other” describes the role-playing genre in its most reductive form, but usually games dress it up a little. And by “dress up” I don’t mean “dress the only female character up in little more than a pair of battle panties.”
I’mma cross my fingers and hope this is some sort of elaborate sham. The real game is actually going to be revealed next week, when we will learn it is every bit as awesome as it used to be in my dreamy hopes. Yeah.
(I will say that “battle panties” are a pretty good idea, though. I sure hope those show up on the next season of Project Runway. Or maybe in the Project Runway videogame!)