ATLUS has announced the publishing rights to a Kickstarter that never got funded, Citizens of Earth. Being developed by indie studio Eden Industries, ATLUS will be publishing the retro-inspired RPG on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS as a download-only title in North America and Europe later in 2014. You can check out the first teaser trailer and some screens below:
The retro-inspired Citizens of Earth pits players as the second-highest-paid bureaucrat in the land. The game begins just after winning a long, drawn-out candidacy, and the VP returns to his hometown for some taxpayer-funded rest and relaxation. But after just one night passes, the VP awakens to find the world gone berserk! As elected official he has two responsibilities: investigate what’s caused people to go crazy… and delegate as much of the dirty work as possible. Citizens of Earth has 40 wacky citizens to recruit and send into battle. Wait, did we just say there are 40 playable characters? Why not make it… 41!
Citizens of Earth features include:
- Gotta Recruit ’em All — Every vote counts, and sometimes you have to do some pretty shameful things to get them… Citizens of Earth has 40 citizens to collect to fight in your party, each with their own unique play-style and out-of-combat world abilities. Everyone in town will lend a hand, from the way-too-jittery Barista and the ever-optimistic Weatherlady to the notoriously skeezy car salesman and the ridiculously shy (and totally real) Sasquatch!
- Occupy Earth! — It’s time to take back Earth from the opposition. There are no random encounters in Citizens of Earth; you’ll see every enemy on the field before you fight them. So go ahead and maneuver around those unwanted encounters or command your constituents to charge in for an ambush! As long as the VP’s got a party to do his dirty work, it’s all good!
- It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again… But Better — Citizens of Earth has some serious nostalgic cues, but don’t worry, we didn’t skimp on the graphics for the sake of being retro. This title goes far beyond the 16-bit standard, with real-time lighting, HD art, a day/night cycle, weather effects, and more.
- Four- or Eight-Year Terms — The depth of content in Citizens of Earth means you can play a quick and casual adventure or a white-knuckle, pray-you-survive-until-the-next-turn grind-fest! The game is filled with hours of bonus content to explore, optional side-quests, and of course, citizens waiting to be recruited!
Citizens of Earth will be available in North America and Europe later in 2014 as a download-only title for the PS4, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U and PC. Developed by Eden Industries and published by ATLUS.