Lost Sphear, the second title from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory studio, will be launching in Japan on October 12th for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Those of us in North America and Europe will see it launch on January 23rd 2018. This week, a demo has arrived on both the Japanse PlayStation Store and the Nintendo eShop to try out. In the video below, we play through its entirety.
Much like the studio’s first title I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear is a throwback to the RPGs of yesteryear. Here, you’ll find turn-based combat with Active Time Battle, very much in the vein of Chrono Trigger. This time around there are some new tweaks, such as the ability to reposition your party members on your turn. The addition of Vulcosuits provide powered-up armor to let loose powerful attacks or break down barricades in the field.
The story tells us of a world that was created by its moon with the power of Memory. That which is forgotten vanishes in brilliant white light, becoming the “Lost”. This phenomenon fortells the world’s cycle of death and rebirth. A young man named Kanata is gifted with the power of Memory to restore parts of the world that have been lost, including his home village which he has been tasked to protect. Together with his friends, they will travel around the world to bring back what else has been forgotten.