Pokemon developer’s next game coming to PS4

For more than twenty years now, the name Game Freak has been synonymous with the world-beating Pokemon franchise. However, the studio’s newest game will be launching on PlayStation 4 later this year – a PlayStation 4 port of 2019 RPG, Little Town Hero.

According to Gematsu, Rainy Frog will oversee the PS4 version’s physical release on April 23rd with Game Freak in charge of publishing the game digitally. It has yet to be confirmed whether a localised version will be making its way overseas.

Little Town Hero launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch last October to mixed reviews. Currently the game sits on an OpenCritic score average of 63% with only 34% of critics recommending the Game Freak RPG. Reviewers were satisfied with its strategic combat system though found Little Town Hero to be a bit of a slog.

Here’s the game’s official blurb via Nintendo:

The story is set in an isolated village on the edge of the world. The only gate leading outside is heavily guarded by a castle, and the villagers are not allowed to leave. Most of the villagers don’t give it a thought, and happily go on with their everyday lives. However, the protagonist is a little different from the others – he wants to see the world outside.

One day, a “Monster” appears in the village, shocking everyone because until then, no one knew such creatures existed. The protagonist is able to fight it using a mysterious Red stone he found in the coalmines. In the course of his defense of the village, he gradually unravels secrets of how the stones and the monsters came to be…

Unlike most RPGs, there is no need to fight weak monsters repeatedly to level grind in. Little Town Hero. Instead, you will need to have a good strategy to fight each boss monster one on one. Will the protagonist live the adventure he craves and escape the humdrum village life?

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Game Freak titles make the jump from Nintendo systems to other platforms. 2019 saw the studio’s platformer, Giga Wrecker, come to PS4 and Xbox One.

Source: Gematsu

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