Those games were all announced in the annual Level-5 Vision conference held in Tokyo, where President Akihiro Hino announced new games and initiatives for the near future. Sadly, a lot of those new initiatives involved making more mobile games.
Below are all of the announcements from the Level-5 Vision Event 2015:
- Layton 7 will be coming to android and iOS in Japan this summer. There is no 3DS version.
- Fantasy Life 2 will be coming to Android and iOS. A 3DS version looks very unlikely. It appears to be a mobile version of the original Fantasy Life on 3DS. Furthermore, four player co-op has been confirmed.
- Yo-Kai Watch will be coming to the West, i.e the US and PAL regions, because Level-5 has partnered with Hasbro. Yo-Kai Watch will come out in 2016.
- Yo-Kai Watch Busters will be released on the 3DS in Japan on November 7th.
- A Yo-Kai Watch spin off will be developed with Koei Tecmo; it will be a spin-off of the Three Kingdoms series. No release window or platforms were announced.
- Three Yo-Kai Watch spin-off games will be coming to iOS and Android: the puzzle game Yo-Kai Watch Puni Puni, the rhythm game Yo-Kai Watch Greatrhythm and The Great Yo-Kai Dictionary.
- By partnering with Level-5, Universal Studios Japan will be opening up a new attraction called Yo-Kai Watch: The Real.
- Yo-Kai Watch 3 was announced and it will coming to 3DS. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be set in the US; however, it will still be a traditional JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game). No release window has been announced.
- A new crossmedia IP was announced: The Snack World. The concept is a “hypercasual fantasy” game. The game will be available on 3DS, iOS and Android. The Snack World will be accompanied by: a manga, anime and toy line.
While not every trailer has been released yet, the ones which have can be seen below.
Yo-Kai Watch Busters
New Yo-Kai Watch anime
Yo-Kai Watch 3
The Snack World
I am, like most Level-5 fans, disappointed that Level-5 has decided to put such a strong focus on the mobile platform. Moreover, while I’m really happy Yo-Kai Watch is coming to the West, I’d much rather have a more franchise-diverse lineup. However, it is a traditional Level-5 tactic so I shouldn’t be that surprised.
Lucy Pallent is a Senior Writer at MONG. She is a girl gamer from a rock in the middle of nowhere and is the world’s biggest n00b. She likes Nintendo, JRPGs and food. Feel free to follow her random ramblings on Twitter.