Yo-Kai Watch Gets AR Smartphone Game in Japan
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Level 5 and GungHo Online Entertainment announced during a live stream event on Wednesday that the companies are collaborating on Yo-kai Watch World, a new smartphone AR (augmented reality) game for the Yo-kai Watch franchise. The game is already available in Japan for iOS and Android. GungHo Online Entertainment is streaming a trailer for the game, which features the game's theme song "Bōen no March" by BUMP OF CHICKEN.
The game allows players to befriend, collect, and battle yo-kai, and will also have systems that are unique to the world of Yo-kai Watch, such as allowing yo-kai to "possess" other players. Yo-kai who possess other players will travel with them even in faraway locations, and may bring back items and other yo-kai from places that players may not be able to visit. The game will have yo-kai that can only be captured in specific regions.
Level 5 had opened a website earlier this month, stating that it will reveal its "Yo-kai Watch 5th Anniversary Commemorative Title" during a livestream event on YouTube on June 27. The visuals for the announcement both feature two Yo-kai holding smartphones.
Level 5 announced the Yo-kai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The first game launched in July 2013 and the first anime launched in January 2014. The franchise is Level 5's third cross-media project after Inazuma Eleven and Little Battlers eXperience.
Yo-kai Watch 3 launched for Nintendo 3DS in two versions — Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura — in July 2016. The company later released a Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki version in December 2016.
The latest television anime in the franchise, Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside, premiered in Japan in April. The fifth and latest film in the franchise, Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends, will open in Japan on December 14.