The Cruel King and the Great Hero Launches in the West March 1

NIS America have announced the western release date of The Cruel King and the Great Hero; March 1st on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

Players control Yuu, the daughter of a great hero who forced a dragon to atone for his sins. Now, that dragon must raise Yuu to become a hero, while the sins of his past threaten to haunt them more each day. Help people, fend off monsters, buy and find new gear, then settle in for a bedtime story about the great hero’s exploits.

You can find the new gameplay trailer below.

You can find the rundown (via NIS America) below.

A Storybook RPG

The Cruel King and the Great Hero is a role-playing game. Join a young girl named Yuu on quest to become a great hero, participating in memorable adventures in the process.

The world is a magical one–you’ll explore whimsical forests depicted in a comforting hand-drawn artstyle, encounter and battle monsters, and even build relationships with some of them.

This may not be your first adventure, but it is Yuu’s, and she’s going to need all the help she can get.

Wholesome Arstyle

The Cruel King and the Great Hero features a unique hand-drawn art style as is drawn by pen–the style that also brought The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince to life.

It’s not just the background that’s hand-drawn AND animated with care; it’s the characters, environment, and even the UI. From the deepest forests to the highest peaks, the pen & watercolor motifs and delicate lighting adorn the scrolling background canvases.

In certain parts of the story, you might even encounter living illustrations drawn entirely in pencil. Allow yourself to be engrossed in this picturesque, meticulously handcrafted storybook land.

Exploring a Picture Book, One Page at a Time

In key cutscenes, voice actress Reina Kondo breathes life into the story with her narrative storytelling.

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Ryan Pearson


Taking his first steps onto Route 1 and never stopping, Ryan has had a love of RPGs since a young age. Now he's learning to appreciate a wider pallet of genres and challenges.