CyberConnect2 Announces Studio Ghibli-like Action Game, Planned for Worldwide 2017 Release

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We’ve learned (from Famitsu, via Hachima) that Japanese developer CyberConnect2 is working on an exciting new game, for a worldwide release across PlayStation 4, PC (via Steam) and Xbox One.

The news comes from an interview with CyberConnect2 CEO and company president Hiroshi Matsuyama, who confirmed the games existence as part of their multiple upcoming projects across all three platforms. It’s poised as an entirely new, original IP for the developer.

Matsuyama confirms it will be released worldwide, and they’re currently referring to it as “Project Venom” internally. Their goal with the game is to hearken back to those older RPGs that really impacted you. It won’t be massive or open world in scale, instead they’re focusing on a rewarding experience.

Details are scant, but the clear Studio Ghibli inspiration in the first artwork (featured above) was noted, with Matsuyama describing the game as having shooting and action. He said it’s reminiscent of the classic Ghibli flick Nausicaa of the Valley of the Windand it will release sometime next year.

Matsuyama said this is but one of many projects that will be released across all three platforms, and said download sales are probably the key to their success (while also not ruling out retail copies as an option).

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    April 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I’m going to have to keep my eyes on this one. If their inspiration is Nausicaa, I’ll probably be very interested, as that was one of my favorite Ghibli movies.

  2. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT YES! I have high hopes for this one.

  3. Nagato
    April 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Good guy CC2, announcing games as fully multiplatform right from the get go~

    Assuming Asura’s Wrath is any indication of what an original work of theirs might turn out like, I’ll be sure to purchase this one as it comes out.

  4. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 26, 2016 at 10:44 am

    CC2 has always been a good vidya company with quality games. I fucking love Tail Concerto and Solatorobo.

  5. Mr0303
    April 26, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Asura’s Wrath was theirs? When I tried the demo it seemed like more style than substance and there is also the “True Ending” DLC issue, but that might be Capcom’s influence.

  6. Mr0303
    April 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Ghibli is not the first thing I think of when I hear action game, but I’m still curious to see more.

  7. dsadsada
    April 26, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Multiplatform and worldwide release.

  8. snintendog
    April 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    CC2 please remember your long forgotten franchise .hack// it needs your love.

  9. ProxyDoug
    April 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    “Their goal with the game is to hearken back to those older RPGs that really impacted you. It won’t be massive or open world in scale, instead they’re focusing on a rewarding experience.”
    This is gaming porn for me.

  10. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    April 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    A Studio Ghibli style rpg for PC? SIGN ME UP!

  11. Guin
    April 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I hope they make it like Pom Poko. We need actual characters with huge BALLS!

  12. Godmars
    April 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    You realize of course that the world would have been a better place with that try of a pun.

    I said “try” at a pun…

  13. Zombie_Barioth
    April 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I think you mean pouches.;)

  14. Neojames82
    April 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Yeah that was pretty much Capcom’s bs.

  15. Thanatos2k
    April 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I wonder what they’ve even been developing lately. Let me just go chec-whoah that’s a lot of Naruto games.

  16. GamersBlogX
    April 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I think it just needs love in general.

  17. Tubsiwub
    April 28, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I want, like, more .Hack. At least this isn’t a phone game announcement.