Originally announced in 2018 for a 2019 release later delayed several times, we finally have a firm and final leg release date set for July 29 in the West (July 28 in Japan on Switch and PS4 priced at 7,678 yen ). ), and the announcement was accompanied by a short video message from producer Kazumasa Habu (manufacturer of official Digimon games, starting with Digimon Story: Lost Evolution on the Nintendo DS). He recently made many revelations about the game and its development at the latest Digimon Con event, thus confirming the French translation. We already touched on this in our previous article, but we’ve included it again below in our larger review. Please note that there will be a physical edition in Europe, but unfortunately it will not be distributed in France.
You will also find a gallery with many images at the end of our new article. Please note that in Japan, Digimon Survive is considered a text adventure game in addition to a strategy RPG. In addition, various bonuses are presented on the official Japanese website. Therefore, we learn that the first copies of the game will include a download code to obtain Digimon Guilmon (which can turn into Gallantmon). Depending on the stores where you pre-order the game, different Digimon Survive gear will be offered as download codes. Here’s the final cover:
Since the announcement of the game, a new team has been responsible for development. Previously, Digimon Survive was developed as part of the Japanese studio Witchcraft, which had previously helped Bandai Namco. Now, as reported on Bandai Namco’s European website, it is being developed by another Japanese studio, Hyde, who recently worked on Rune Factory 5. Hyde is helping many companies develop their games, including Bandai Namco. He has also worked on many otome visual novels such as Jack Jeanne, Olympia Soirée, the Code: Realize series, Nil Admirari and many more. The storytelling behind Digimon Survive, with a modern interface and dialogue animations, allows us to better understand why Hyde was chosen. There is a certain balance between the text adventure and the strategic aspect of the RPG. An important place will be occupied by dialogue with the characters, collecting information, searching for clues and items. This big change led to a restructuring of the game and therefore pushed it back. Now the manufacturer claims that they are close to the end of development, but it will be a long time before we know the release date, as adjustments still need to be made inside.
In total, up to 10 units can be used during the combat phases. Each digimon will have its own movement skills, attacking moves, and of course, a few differences in attributes and stats. Digivolution will take place in the game and this can be done depending on the monsters using SP. You need to be careful because there is an SP bar that you should try to save in order to only use Digivolution in an emergency. There will also be a trading system that allows you to recruit Digimon during battles.
Habu clarifies that the adventure will be divided into 12 chapters. Starting in chapter 8, there will be three different paths to choose from: Morale, Harmony, and Fury (yes, this is reminiscent of some other series, and it’s probably on purpose since Digimon Survive’s target audience is mostly adults). There will be a fourth secret route, and according to the producer, it will take about 40 hours to complete one route, while it will take 80 to 100 hours to complete all routes and content that is unlocked after completing the main story. There are also 113 monsters to be found in Digimon Survive.
During the text stages, the main characters’ digimon will be able to transform according to the karma points gained according to the choices made during the dialogues. It will be impossible to get all the evolutions in one game. However, there will be a New Game+ feature where you will be able to transfer all equipped items, equipment, levels, Digivolutions and mined monsters, as well as select a new very difficult difficulty level to access difficult dungeons. However, they will allow you to earn powerful equipment in the dungeons, which is not usually found in the main adventure. Immediately there will be four difficulty levels: hard, normal, easy and very easy.
We already knew that the characters would be voiced in Japanese, but that would only be part of the main story. During a Digimon Con Q&A session, Habu clarified that there would be no multiplayer feature, so it would be a pure single player game. Among other numerous information, we learn that there will be translations into French, English, Spanish, Italian and German. All questions and answers have been fully transcribed in English on Bandai Namco’s official European website at this address.
For their part, Bandai Namco once again introduced the characters, but there were no changes from the information previously revealed. However, the images of the game that you can view in our gallery and our first articles should no longer be taken into account to find out what the final game will look like. Since then, there have been changes in the interface in particular, but the game as a whole has remained the same. As a reminder, Digimon Survive will take us to a whole new world with characters created by artist Uichi Ukumo (or uichi-ukumo/ukumuichi, see his Tumblr and Twitter account) and music composed by Tomoki Miyoshi (Soulcalibur V, I Am Setsuna, Lost Spear, Tiny Metal…). To learn more about the story, gameplay, and characters, we invite you to check out our older articles.
Official description and introduction of the main characters
This is a story of survival in a strange new world.
Digimon Survive, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime, is a brand new adventure set in a mysterious world with characters drawn by Uchichi Ukumo and music composed by the famous Tomoki Miyoshi.
Digimon Survive introduces a new group of teenagers led by Takuma Momozuka. They get lost on a school trip and find themselves in a strange new world filled with monsters, where danger is everywhere.
As they try to return home and leave this noisy world of difficult decisions and deadly battles, the choices players make throughout the game will affect the evolution of their monster allies and the ending of the story. Combat takes place in 2D, in a more classic SRPG style.
Takuma Momozuka (voiced by Kouhei Amasaki) and Agumon (voiced by Chika Sakamoto)
An ordinary high school student from the same normal family. One day, he and his friends went on a school camping trip. But on this journey, he was carried away by a mysterious force that sent him to another dimension.
Agumon is a reptilian monster that looks like a small dinosaur. He met Takuma in this strange dimension. From now on, Takuma’s actions will determine Agumon’s evolution.
Aoi Shibuya (voiced by Kaede Hondo) and Labramont (voiced by Yukiyo Fujii)
Aoi is the representative of the class. She is calm and serious by nature, but at the same time restrained. She knows how to keep her cool in the face of difficult situations and has always had a habit of dealing with the often irrational demands of her comrades. As one of the oldest members of the group, she is in charge of food and camp in this mysterious new world.
Labramon is a beast-like monster that looks like a dog. Unlike Aoi and her natural tact, Labramon is never at a loss for words when addressing anyone. With the right balance between their different personalities, Aoi and Labramon will become inseparable during this adventure.
Minoru Hyuga (voiced by Atsushi Abe) and Falcon (voiced by Hiromu Miyazaki)
Minoru is an optimistic and playful boy; he can’t help laughing at everything. He is very good at relaxing the atmosphere in the group. However, his excess of enthusiasm sometimes leads to trouble. He is not very comfortable in conflict. When faced with danger, he often tends to react playfully.
The falcon is a monster bird that usually lives in high mountains. He possesses remarkable determination and great strength of character, two essential qualities needed to endure Minoru’s clumsiness. However, sometimes he is even more clumsy than his friend…
Ryo Tomonaga (voiced by Yohei Azakami) and Kunemon (voiced by Ryohei Arai)
A third-year high school student who can’t get over the fact that he’s in a different world right now. He tries to put on a good face, but cannot hide his fear of his position. He is still terrified of meeting the monsters.
Kunemon is a caterpillar monster that does not speak human language, but is able to understand Ryo’s words and how he feels about him.
Saki Kimishima (voiced by Minami Takahashi) and Floramon (voiced by Shino Shimoji)
Saki is a spontaneous and casual high school student. She never lies to herself, so she is not afraid to openly express her opinion. She is very optimistic by nature, even when faced with danger.
Floramon is a flower-like monster that usually doesn’t beat around the bush. Floramon seems like the perfect match for Saki.
Shuji Kayama (voiced by Yuya Hirose) and Lopmon (voiced by Naomi Ozora)
Shuji Kayama is the oldest member of the group. Considered by his family to be a gifted high school student, he decided to join this school field trip to take the pressure off his shoulders. At the summer camp, he was the leader of the group, but no longer knows where he is since the moment he arrived in the other world.
Lopmon is a beast-like monster with three horns on its head. It seems that her sincere and childish nature, as well as her carefree side, do not suit Shuji’s taste and outlook.
Miu Shinonome (voiced by Misaki Watada) and Shakomon (voiced by Asami Takano)
She is Kaito’s younger sister. This mysterious child lives in this region. She has an unusual personality and is fascinated by the occult and the supernatural. At first glance, his eccentric behavior may seem disturbing, especially his tendency to speak in riddles.
Shakomon is a particularly pragmatic crustacean-type monster who always uses common sense. Syakomon and Miu become fast friends because they both know how to help each other stand on their own two feet.
Kaito Shinonome (voiced by Takanashi Kengo) and Dragonmon (voiced by Kouta Nemoto)
This local boy is Miu’s older brother. Kaito shows great determination and has a strong sense of justice, but he often sees violence as the solution to his problems, especially when it comes to babysitting his little sister.
Drakmon, Kaito’s partner, is an avid prankster. Despite his mischievous side, he knows how to be serious when it comes to convincing Kaito not to act rashly and endanger them.