Inazuma Eleven: Ares Soccer RPG Delayed to Next Spring Under New Title
posted on by Egan Loo
Level-5 President and CEO Akihiro Hino announced on Friday that the Inazuma Eleven Ares (Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin or Inazuma Eleven: The Scales of Ares) game has been delayed until next spring under the new title Inazuma Eleven: Eiyū-tachi no Great Road (Inazuma Eleven: The Great Road of Heroes).
Hino explained that due to several miscalculations in the game's development, its release ended up being delayed until after both the Inazuma Eleven Ares anime and the Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin (Inazuma Eleven: The Seal of Orion) follow-up anime series have already ended. (The Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin anime ended on Friday.) Even though Level-5 handled the game's design, it contracted an outside developer for the game's development. However, in order to maintain the game's quality, Level-5 has gone forward with bringing the development back in-house.
The game will still be based on the Ares no Tenbin drama story, but Level-5 is adding story episodes featuring characters from past games — hence, the title change.
The soccer role-playing game was planned for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android platforms. The game was originally slated for summer 2018, but was delayed to fall 2018, then again to winter 2018, and then to a general 2019 release date before this latest delay.
In the story of both the anime and the initial game concept, protagonist Asuto Inamori's soccer club was disbanded after the school's soccer field was destroyed. He and friends went to Tokyo to attend Raimon-chuu (Raimon Junior High) to play soccer. The story was set after the first Inazuma Eleven anime and game. However, the show took place in a parallel world from all other Inazuma Eleven soccer role-playing games (apart from the first), because the story had taken a different course.