Yesterday, during the latest episode of Weekly Inazuma Walker, Akihiro Hino teased something related to Inazuma Eleven Ares. Near the end, a password was revealed for a giveaway on NicoNico, allowing fans to win some prizes.
That password is quite peculiar: 8月26日はあけて おくと. It could be roughly and literally translated as “If you leave August 26th open”, as in “If you’re free on August 26th…”. Basically, Level-5 is advising Inazuma Eleven Ares fans to be free on August 26th, for… something. We don’t quite know for what just yet, but Akihiro Hino heavily implied that something would happen on that day.
Right now, it’s not clear what will happen on August 26th, or whether it’s related to the Inazuma Eleven Ares game. Since August 26th is a Sunday, it cannot be the release date of the game. The release date could very well be announced on that day, but then it would mean a delay (since it’s currently slated for a Summer release).
It’s possible whatever is planned is not directly linked to Inazuma Eleven Ares on Nintendo Switch. It could simply be a fan event aimed at fans of the series (like the Inazuma Eleven Festival held in January), which would explain why it would take place on a Sunday of all days. It’s also possible August 26th is when the next Level-5 Vision event takes place, but it’s unlikely to be on a Sunday.
Hopefully, Level-5 will make a proper announcement regarding this mysterious August 26th “something” soon!
Here’s the recording of the latest episode of Weekly Inazuma Walker:
Also, on the official website, Level-5 announced that Inazuma Eleven Ares would be playable at Next Generation World Hobby Fair ’18 Summer, on June 23rd and 24th. More details will be shared at a later date.
Finally, here’s the preview for the 9th episode of the Inazuma Eleven Ares anime series, airing next week in Japan:
Source: Weekly Inazuma Walker / official website