Kadokawa Games has today announced The Lost Child, a new turn-based RPG headed by El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron director Sawaki Takeyasu.
The unveiling of the game comes courtesy of Famitsu magazine, though few details of The Lost Child are currently available. The magazine confirms, however, that The Lost Child will expand on the religion-inspired universe introduced in 2011’s whimsical action game, this time taking place in modern Japan with the player tasked with battling demons.
Despite sharing the same universe, few similarities between the two projects exist. While El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron was an action-adventure, The Lost Child will be a turn-based RPG with command-styles battles. Similarly, the eye-catching watercolour aesthetic of the previous game has been jettisoned in favour of a look that more closely resembles general trends in anime. The game will, however, feature the return of one of El Shaddai’s more prominent characters, Lucifel.
The Lost Child is being developed by the internal team at Kadokawa Games (Natural Doctrine), with development being led by Takeyasu, whose previous credits include lead designer on Devil May Cry and Okami. The game is currently scheduled for a Japanese release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Summer. Unfortunately, a Western launch for the title has not been confirmed at the present time.
Kadokawa Games accompanied the announcement with a teaser trailer, though both text and audio is in Japanese: