NIS' reveal of The Witch and the Hundred Cavalrymen answered some questions but left us with plenty more. What will the game play like? Is it more action? Is it more RPG? Who is this "witch" character, and what does NIS mean by a "dark fantasy?" Because this sure doesn't look like A Song of Ice and Fire or Warhammer.
Well, from what we now know, The Witch and the Hundred Cavalrymen takes place in a land where two warring kingdoms are caught in a stalemate, with a magic forest between the countries. In this forest are the haggard and terrifying Witch of the Forest, and Metallica, the buxom and brainy Witch of the Swamp, who has discovered a powerful force that can turn the tide of the war.
Now, Metallica's not a lead character like Disgaea's Laharl or Etna--you actually play as Hyakukihei, (literally) one of the titular cavalrymen blessed with a physical body. Once you're in the field, do whatever you like--battle enemies, face down hulking bosses, level up your skills, or crush the pitiful townsfolk, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women. Your actions eventually determine whether the townsfolk will support or attack you over the course of the game's story.
As is to be expected with a title that's getting this much hype, NIS plans to release a Limited Edition when the game hits in spring 2012 that comes bundled with a Nendoroid Petit figure (concept above) of Metallica, a hardcover artbook, and a soundtrack CD.
Is anyone looking forward to this? I just hope it keeps NIS' usual offbeat, cruelly sarcastic humor, because I don't know if I could take this game too seriously.