Japanese developer Aiming Inc., announced that Caravan Stories is set to appear on the PlayStation 4 starting this summer. The MMO was originally a mobile title released back in 2018 in Japan and Taiwan, and managed to gather a sizable audience before going through the porting process for a Western release.
The news came courtesy of an announcement on the PlayStation Blog that was made by Aiming’s Masahiko Takeuchi, the director working on Caravan Stories.
The free-to-play MMO sees players journeying across the fantasy world of Iyarr, encountering more than 100 different creatures, taking on solo, co-op, or PvP missions, and fighting against fantastical bosses. You can check out the trailer for the game below to see what it’s like.
The game reminds me a lot of Square’s Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube. It has that very vibrant, whimsical flair to its visual aesthetic, with a varied palette that focuses on making the colors pop and the characters stand out.
There are five different races to choose from, both offering male and female options. Don’t expect any super sexy options for the female characters, not with the PS4 censorship policies in place.
The gameplay itself plays out very much like a typical new-age JRPG. You run around with third-person controls, while the combat reminds me a lot of the Tales of games, where the battles are in real-time but you rely more on timing your skills and switching to the right characters to carry out their abilities.
During combat you can cycle between your party members using the left and right triggers. You can then reposition them and utilize their abilities within the designated range of the skill. You can see how it all works in the 45 minute gameplay video that YouTuber Lacry published on YouTube, which gives you an idea of how the menus, equipment, customization, and exploration systems work.
It’s weird but I think this game actually could have been better as a single-player JRPG rather than as an MMORPG, but it is what it is.
I really like the shader filter that it has on that gives the characters and backdrops the painterly look. It really adds some flavor to the game’s overall visual look.
You can expect to see Caravan Stories go live this summer on the PS4 in the West.