Digimon have been making quite the underrated comeback lately.
Those cutesy yet powerful digital monsters have returned in new films and other associated media. 2015’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth gave fans something worthwhile to enjoy on the video game front. That lengthy JRPG provided a nice dosage of monster collecting and battling while also making you a trusty gumshoe. 2017 looks to be another year that Digimon followers will look back on fondly. That statement looks like it’ll ring true thanks to the impending launch of Digimon World: Next Order, a dungeon crawler that lets you save the world with hundreds of Digimon by your side.
Before you amass your new army of digital monsters, allow us to give you a preview of what’s to come from Digimon World: Next Order.
1. The Digimon World Series Got Its Start on the PlayStation One
Ever since Digimon got introduced to the States, they’ve appeared in a host of new films and TV shows, plus their likeness has appeared on toys, virtual pet devices and various other products. When it comes to interactive media, Digimon have become playable avatars within fighting games, racers, card battlers and RPG’s. One of the main RPG franchises that’s been dedicated to those digital monsters is the Digimon World series. The very 1st game in that series got introduced to gamers back on the PlayStation One in 2000. You can check out all of the other games within the series down below:
2. The Game’s Main Plot Revolves Around the Digital Journey of Two Heroes
So the Digital World is currently under the threat of Machinedramons. Two main characters you can choose from (Takuto and Shiki) end up getting transported to that world and becoming a part of solving the mystery behind it. They end up aligning themselves with the Digimon who’ll end up assisting them during their adventure – Agumon, Gabumon, Biyomon, Palmon etc. Takuto and Shiki set out to save the Digital World alongside Digimon and a few of their classmates who have partner monsters of their own – Kouta Hirose/Guilmon and Himari Ōbuchi/Salamon.
3. Collecting Digimon and Giving Them Commands in Battle Make Up the Basis of This New Adventure
As a Digimon trainer, you’ll be entrusted with gathering over 200 different creatures. While traversing the Digital World, two monsters will follow you and defend you during battle. You’ll be able to issue strategic commands to both Digimon as they face off with their foes, but their actions will mainly be controlled by the AI. Succeeding in battle helps further develop the bond between you and your chosen Digimon. Outside of battle, it’s your duty to raise, train, feed and discipline your roster of fighting monsters. You’ll get to venture within your own digital village, where it’s possible to perform all those aforementioned tasks and compete in PvP Network Battles.
4. Pre-Ordering the Game Will Put You on the Fast Track to Nab Several Goodies
Pre-ordering Digimon World: Next Order means you’ll get your hands on a bevy of physical items and in-game bonuses. First off, you’ll get access to the soundtracks for the original Digimon World and Next Order. The two other items you’ll receive will be very beneficial to your in-game progress. The “Omegamon Ultimate Digivolution Core” item will give you quicker access towards evolving your chosen Digimon into the Omegamon ultimate form. The “Adventure Aid Item Set” gifts you with 68 items that focus on healing, reviving and upgrading your Digimon.
5. A Bevy of New Digimon and Special Events Have Already Been Planned for Free Post-Launch DLC
In a nice nod to players who will dedicate most of their time to the game, the devs behind it will award them with free post-launch DLC. Plenty of Digimon (such as Armageddemon, Meicoomon, Maycrackmon, Piedmon, Myotismon, Boltboutamon, Tsukaimon and Sorcermon) will be featured during additional missions. Along with all of that, players will also get to participate in plenty of “mysterious” new events.