A new RPG from Sega has been teased, but fans have been expressing their disappointment due to it being a mobile-only game.
Sega have released a very brief teaser for their next RPG ahead of its reveal at Tokyo Game Show. The teaser, posted to Sega's official YouTube channel, has already received a bit of backlash from fans. The reason? It's a mobile game.
Not much has been revealed so far about Sega's next RPG, other than it being a joint project with Persona developer Atlus. This pairing naturally had many players fairly excited, not only for it being an RPG, but also the fact that it would be a be a brand new IP. The teaser itself was quite intriguing; a beautiful score accompanies stills in a hand-drawn style. Arguably, the character designs seemed quite generic for a JRPG which can be forgiven if a game brings something new to the table. This is likely what many fans are hoping to see from the full reveal.
The critisism that mobile games often face, and concerns that have cropped up in the teaser's YouTube comment section, is that they are often heavily monetized. Mobile games are often marketed as free-to-play but players quickly find themselves either inundated with advertisements, or limited by restrictions (timed or paywall.) This isn't the case for every mobile game, of course, but it can feel like the standard. Consequently, the teaser video has received a disproportionate amount of dislikes compared to likes. One comment said "I heard it was a mobile game and specifically came here just to downvote the trailer just to make my dislike known."
Not every reaction was negative, though. Some fans are happy to reserve judgement until more information is given. Many have expressed disappointment over the lack of ports, however. While mobile games are incredibly portable, the systems aren't the most comfortable platforms to use. Players are holding out for a console or PC release of the upcoming RPG.
More information on this new Sega RPG is expected to be revealed at Tokyo Game Show on Oct. 1.