Tokyo Ghoul:re Invoke Smartphone Game Announced For This Spring

posted on by Kevin Yuan
"Tap combo" RPG features turn-based battles, 3D character models

This year's 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a smartphone game titled Tokyo Ghoul:re Invoke based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga series. The "tap combo" role-playing game is slated to launch this spring for iOS and Android devices. The game will be free to download with in-game purchases for items.

The game will feature 3D character models and special character cutscenes with voice acting. In the game, players will form teams of characters and enter into turn-based battles where players must tap on character icons to initiate attacks against enemies. By performing combo attacks, players can also fill up a character's skill gauge to unleash skills that appear in the original manga series. The game will include a story mode, which allows players to experience the story of Tokyo Ghoul, and a multiplayer battle mode.

Ishida's manga also inspired the 2015 Tokyo Ghoul carnaval∫color smartphone game, which has been downloaded more than seven million times. In that game, players can freely explore a 3D map and choose from a number of ghoul and investigator characters to make a dream team. The play styles of the ghouls and investigators differ. The game is free to download, but it has in-game purchases available.

Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Ghouls live among us,​ the same as normal people in every way - except their craving for human flesh.​ Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize.​ But it turns out that she's only interested in his body - eating it,​ that is.​ When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid,​ Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls,​ which exists alongside our own.​

Ishida serialized Tokyo Ghoul in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014, and is now serializing Tokyo Ghoul:re. Tokyo Ghoul inspired two anime series, several original video anime projects, PlayStation Vita and smartphone games, and a stage play.

A live-action film adaptation is set to premiere in Japan this summer.

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