Digimon World Re:Digitize

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Digimon World Re:Digitize
Digimon World ReDigitize boxart.jpg
Japanese cover art
Developer(s) Tri-Crescendo
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Series Digimon
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) PSP
  • JP July 19, 2012
3DS
  • JP June 27, 2013
Genre(s) Role-playing, digital pet
Distribution UMD, Download, Nintendo game card

Digimon World Re:Digitize (デジモンワールド リ:デジタイズ?) is a 2012 video game for the PlayStation Portable developed by Tri-Crescendo and published by Namco Bandai Games. The character designs for the game are being created by Suzuhito Yasuda, who has also done character designs for Durarara!! and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. It was released on July 19, 2012. The gameplay returns to the mechanics introduced in the original Digimon World game. An enhanced port was released for the Nintendo 3DS on the June 27, 2013 under the title Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode.

Gameplay[edit]

In the game, the player follows and controls "Taiga", a 16-year-old male protagonist who is transported to the digital world of Digimon, which in his universe is merely an online game; similar in concept to Digimon World.[1] In the universe of Digimon, people raise creatures collectively referred to as Digimon, similar in concept to Pokemon and Tamagotchi. Players raise the digimon through stages of growth that determine his personality, the five stages being "In-Training", "Rookie", "Champion", "Ultimate" and "Mega".[2] Digimon evolve over time by gaining stats and other factors. Digimon can get hungry, sick, injured or die and need care to recover. The game has over 10,000 accessories to collect and equip on their digimon, which alter the character's in-game appearance, such as goggles, or an afro.[3]

Characters[edit]

Taiga is the main protagonist of the game. His digimon-partner is Agumon. Nicolai Petrov is Taiga's best friend. His father works in GIGO company. His digimon-partner is Gaomon. Akiho Rindo is a mysterious girl that follows Taiga around. Her digimon-partner is Biyomon. Mikagura Mirei os the girl who sends an email to the Digital World. Her digimon-partners are Angewomon and Lady Devimon. Yuya Kuga is the heir of GIGO company. His digimon-partner is Black War Greymon-X. Rina Shinomiya is a new tamer who only appears in the Decode 3DS version of the game. Her digimon-partner is Veemon.

The game also contains a number of guest characters from other games, including Lili from the Tekken series,[4] Taichi Yagami, Sora Takenouchi, and Yamato Ishida[3] from Digimon Adventures, and Takato Matsuda from Digimon Tamers.[3] These character primarily appear in the wireless battles.

Development[edit]

Digimon World Re:Digitize was first announced in July 2011, in an issue of V-Jump,[5] as the first Digimon game for the PlayStation Portable.[6] The game was announced to be developed by Japanese video game developer Tri-Crescendo,[7] who had previously worked on the two Baten Kaitos games, and feature character art from Suzuhito Yasuda, who had previously done the character art for Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor and Devil Survivor 2.[8] The original premise of Re:Digitize was to call back to the first Digimon World game; unlike the sequels.[9] Two trailers were released for Re: Digitize; a teaser trailer and a second trailer.[10][11] Namco-Bandai released limited copies that included a code to unlock a rare Digimon for the GREE game: Digimon Collectors.[12]

Release and localization[edit]

The original game was released on PSP on July 19, 2012 and the enhanced port for the Nintendo 3DS was released on June 27, 2013, both only in Japan.[13][14] After no English-language versions were announced for any other regions, a fan campaigned called "Operation Decode" - an off-shoot of the Operation Rainfall campaign, was created.[15] While tens of thousands of digital signatures requesting the game be released in English, as of 2015, no further announcement of other releases has been made by Namco Bandai, though they have commented that the support coming from the campaign was "interesting".[15] In 2013, an fan translation was started, and worked upon for over two years.[16] As of December 2014, it was deemed almost complete, with the team aiming to release a translation patch publicly in 2015.[16]

Reception and sales[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 31 / 40 (PSP)[17]
32 / 40 (3DS)[18]

The PSP version debuted with over 85,000 copies sold, making it the fourth best-selling game in Japan in the week of July 16, 2012,[19] and after a month of sales, accumlated sales of over 150,000 copies sold.[20]

Legacy[edit]

During June 2012, Kouhei Fujino was expected to write a manga in the V Jump magazine.[21] In April 2013, he wrote another manga named Digimon World Re:Digitize Encode, a retelling of the game's story.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maas, Liz (November 30, 2011). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Details". RPGfan. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ バンダイナムコゲームス,「デジモンワールド リ:デジタイズ」の最新情報を公開。デジモンのイラストや,世界観,育成システムなど盛りだくさん (in Japanese). 4gamer.net. 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Laura (July 7, 2012). "Digimon World Re:Digitize has 10,000+ Accessories to Choose From". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ Laura (June 2, 2013). "Tekken’s Lily Returns In Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode’s New Episode". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Spencer (July 18, 2011). "Devil Survivor And Durarara!! Artist Tied To New PSP Digimon Game". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Loo, Egan (July 17, 2011). "Digimon World: Re:Digitize PSP Game to Ship in 2012". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (July 23, 2011). "Digimon World Being Developed by Tri-Crescendo". Andriasang.com. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ishaan (July 20, 2011). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Goes Back To The Series’ Starting Point". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Laura (November 29, 2011). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Goes the Full Mile Back to Digimon World 1". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "【PSP】 デジモンワールド リ:デジタイズ ティザーPV" (in Japanese). Youtube. September 2, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "PSP デジモンワールド リ:デジタイズ ティザーPV2" (in Japanese). Youtube. December 22, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ishaan (April 19, 2012). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Materializes In July". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ishaan (February 16, 2013). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode Announced For 3DS". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ Laura (July 4, 2013). "Why Rina Has Goggles In Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b McFerran, Damien (October 31, 2013). "Namco Bandai Appears Impressed By Demand For Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode". Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Priestman, Chris (January 6, 2015). "Digimon World Re:Digitize Fan Translation is Almost Complete". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ Romano, Sal (July 10, 2012). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1232". Gematsu. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ Romano, Sal (July 19, 2013). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1276". Gematsu. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ Ishaan (July 25, 2012). "This Week In Sales: Rune Factory 4 And Digimon World, Neck-And-Neck". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ Ishaan (August 22, 2012). "This Week In Sales: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Inches Toward 1 Million Sold". Siliconera. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Digimon World Re:Digitize PSP Game Gets 2-Chapter Manga". Anime News Network. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

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