The same developers that made China’s answer to Tinder are coming out with their own Digimon game.
And this one will actually be officially licensed!
Here’s a fun little experiment: go into your phone’s app store and type in the word “Digimon”, then wait to see how many results you get. The top ones might be some licensed games from Bandai Namco, but scroll down a bit and you’ll find a metric boat-load of unlicensed Digimon games.
Well no longer. The big boys are getting into the game, and that means the piracy party is over.
Announced at ChinaJoy, which is China’s answer to E3, developer Momo (makers of Tantan, a Chinese hook-up app) presented to an assembled crowd their upcoming game: Digimon: Encounter. The game generated a lot of interest in a convention full of licensed anime franchises.
But Digimon holds a special place in the hearts of many a 20 to 30-something young man. If you didn’t like Pokémon, then Digimon was your jam. And there was a lot going for Digimon, like the fact there was an overarching plot and it had a main character that didn’t constantly fail at everything he tried to accomplish.
The game itself looked pretty slick. It’s a pretty simple turn-based RPG presented in a top-down, 3D environment. Players will be able to team up to take on bosses or defeat dungeons, or attack each other in honorable digital combat.
As with many new mobile games, the emphasis here will be on interacting with other players. You’ll be able to trade items, collect and rear over 200 ‘Mons, feed them, fight them, and watch them grow into bigger, badder versions of themselves.
So far the game is only available in China, which means we may or may not actually see it here in the West. One thing is for sure: now that one of the biggest developers in China is involved, the days of random knock-off and unofficial Digimon games is about to be over.