Anime Expo’s video game announcements are ongoing at the the all-things-otaku convention, with Bandai Namco announcing the localization of Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time. Coming to PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in early 2018, Little Witch Academia is a 3D action RPG/beat ’em up based on the popular anime and manga, which recently launched a new series streaming exclusively on Netflix.
According to Bandai Namco, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time will tell an original story, though it’s described as “carved” from the storyline of Studio Trigger’s anime. Here’s a brief plot introduction, which begins with Atsuko “Akko” Kagari at Luna Nova:
“Before starting summer vacation, Akko and her new classmates find out about an inexplicable phenomenon at Luna Nova caused by the Seven Wonders, which has been passed down for several centuries. Now it’s up to Akko as she takes on the adventure to unravel the mystery surrounding the Seven Wonders.”
As would be expected from a side-story, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time will include the assorted cast which fans of the franchise will be familiar with. Both Sucy Manbavaran and Lotte Yanson, Akko’s two best friends at school, are shown in the media so far of the game. The only other familiar face mentioned is Shiny Chariot, Akko’s hero and role model.
Accompanying the announcement are several Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time screenshots, but no official trailer for western audiences. Luckily there’s a short Japanese announcement trailer available, from which most of Bandai Namco’s screenshots have been taken anyway. There’s very little gameplay shown in the trailer, and no combat whatsoever, but the trailer does introduce the personality of the anime a whole lot better than a series of screenshots would.
Little Witch Academia‘s origins are a fun and inspiring story. A short 20-minute one-off was produced as part of a program that studios do to promote young animators and was a huge debut success. A second 20-minute one-off was quickly green-lit, but the studio supporting the project, Trigger, created a crowdfunding effort to expand to 50 minutes, and crossed its goal in a matter of hours. The two episodes quickly led to the announcement of an anime and an anime-based game.
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018, after its Japanese debut in November later this year. Stay tuned for more information on the game in the months to come.