Card-Battling RPG Monster Monpiece comes to North American, and European Vitas this Spring
After some English screenshots, and a European rating were found late last week it became pretty clear that the Compile Heart developed Monster Monpiece was getting a western release. Earlier today Idea Factory International officially announced that the game would be their first localization project, with a planned Spring 2014 release window in North America, and Europe via the PlayStation Store. Monster Monpiece shipped early last year in Japan as both a retail, and digital release.
Idea Factory International gave the following summary of the game’s plot:
God’s hammer struck twice, punishing the of world of Yafaniel below…
In the world of Yafaniel, humans and an unusual species called “monster girls” coexist.
May Esperio, an Academy student from Kunaguva, is training hard to become a “master” of monster girls with her best friends, Elza and Karen.
However, after an encounter with a mysterious stranger, Elza became “Lost”, a victim of a strange affliction that plagues both humans and monster girls.
Elza and the monster girls in her service have begun stealing the Magus Quartzes that are held in each of Yafaniel’s major cities.
May decides to travel the world pursuing Elza in an attempt to cure her. However, May knows that if she fails to save Elza, the whole world may be destroyed!
While Monster Monpiece has an extensive story to follow, as well as a world map to explore the main focus is on the game’s card battle system. Players partner up with the aforementioned Monster Girls to take on their opponents in grids that are seven slots wide, and three slots high with 3×3 spaces set for card placements from both players. The battles are visualized with super deformed 3D renders of the card game. You can purchase additional cards, as well as other items in the game’s shop. Monster Monpiece also supports multiplayer through the PlayStation Network.
Just a warning, the trailer below is not safe for work:
The game will make it to western audiences in a slightly modified form. Idea Factory International stated that they “would like to inform fans and prospective users of Monster Monpiece that we have made the decision to cut several Monster Girl images from the North American and European versions of Monster Monpiece. This decision was made solely due to the intense sexual nature of Monster Girl card images. We’d like to emphasize that the gameplay, game system, and storyline are still fully intact.”
An exact release date, as well as pricing details were not shared.