NIS celebrates its 30th anniversary with details on two new games.
As we all enter 2023 with high hopes for what’s on the horizon, Nippon Ichi Software would like to invite you to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with some exciting news! This milestone means a great deal to us, and with it we are thrilled to announce Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless and Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles, both of which will be releasing this year on PlayStation consoles!
While Nippon Ichi Software has released an extensive and acclaimed catalog of role-playing games over the past 30 years, perhaps none are as iconic as Disgaea. With the release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness on the PS2 in 2003, the series also celebrates its 20th anniversary, alongside both NIS America and the dood of Disgaea himself, Prinny! With all this in mind, it seems only fitting that Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless releases in Fall later this year, bringing with it a cast of delightfully devilish characters and several new features that make it the biggest release in the series to date.
2023 also marks the 25th anniversary of Rhapsody! Starting with the release of Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on the PlayStation® in 1998, this series is known for its charming characters and whimsical music. With Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles, we couldn’t be happier to continue the story by bringing both Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom to the West for the first time.
Thanks to all of you who have supported Nippon Ichi Software during these past 30 years! We hope you’re looking forward to these new titles as much as we are, and we’re excited to share some details about them with you.
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless
The demonic realm of Hinomoto is changing and the days of noble warriors are numbered. Bushido, the moral code for the values, ethics, and lifestyle practiced by the inhabitants, has been replaced by the Hinomoto Code of Destruction. Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless tells the story of lazy warrior Fuji and bushido fangirl Pirilika, as they find unlikely allies in each other in their fight against a tyrannical regime while discovering the true meaning of honor and redemption.
Releasing on both PS4 and PS5, this title brings several features both new and familiar.
Character Classes: Disgaea 7 contains over 40 character classes, including four new additions: Maiko, Bandit, Zombie Maiden, and Big Eye.
Auto-Battle: Returning in Disgaea 7, once you clear a level, you can play through it again by engaging with enemies in auto-battles. This can help you gain additional experience while also saving time in your playthrough.
Online Ranked Battles: A first in the series, AI-driven ranked battles allow you to face off against other players online. The system creates optimal strategies based on your opponents’ movement patterns and the characteristics of the stage. Stacking victories will lead to an improved rating, while losing will hurt your standing.
Item Reincarnation: Similar to the character reincarnation mechanic in the previous Disgaea games, which also returns, you can now reincarnate items, transforming them into something completely different. The more you do so, the more powerful the item becomes!
Hell Mode: Some characters have a “Hell Gauge” that fills up during battle. Once it’s maxed out, they switch into “Hell Mode,” which boosts their stats and unlocks unique skills.
Sightseeing: Once you’ve brought peace to a region of Hinomoto, you can stop by for a visit. Get to know the inhabitants of Hinomoto as they return to their normal lives, with bonus dialogue and opportunities to recruit new companions (after you beat them in battle, of course).
Jumbification: Each character in Disgaea 7 can supersize themselves, growing in both size and strength, which boosts their stats and damage output. Be careful though, as enemies can also do the same!
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless releases on PS4 and PS5 in Fall 2023. Text options include both English and French, with English and Japanese voice options.
Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles
Experience the story of Cornet, Ferdinand, and their family as it continues in Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles on the PS5. This two-game collection marks the Western debut of both Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom. These titles share the same storybook charm and whimsical music of the original, along with improved visuals and upgraded mechanics.
Following in the footsteps of her mother Cornet, young Kururu sets out on a journey to find a prince of her own in Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess.
This title introduces a turn-based battle system that differs from the first game, along with more songs and characters than ever before.
In Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom, a series of charming chapters concludes the stories of Rhapsody and its characters. Experience events that occur before, during, and after the previous titles, including an emotional and heartfelt conclusion about Cornet’s mother, Cherie.
This title also comes with a new battle system that differs from its predecessors, complete with combined character attacks and the addition of a 3D camera.
Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles releases on PS5 in Summer 2023. Voice options include both English and Japanese voice acting, with the songs remaining Japanese only.
Once again, we would like to thank all of you who have been with us up to this point! Your continued support motivates us to keep making new and exciting titles, and we hope to celebrate many more milestones with you in the future.