Level-5 has quite a lot of projects in the works, and quite interestingly, it’s from the latest issue of License Mag that the latest update about them came from.
First, we have Inazuma Eleven Ares, that still doesn’t have a release date… in fact, we don’t even know on which platforms it will be released on. Based on previous statements from Akihiro Hino (CEO of the company), the game is all but guaranteed to be on Nintendo Switch, though this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The article from License Mag seemingly confirms that, as it mentions this new Inazuma Eleven game will be released on “Nintendo platforms”. It also mentions traditional licencing (apparel, footwear), but also the upcoming anime series (debuting in Spring in Japan), as well as “digital stickers”.
As for Yo-kai Watch, the company isn’t quite done with the series in the west, far from it. The “third” season of the anime series will debut in Early 2018 in Europe and North America, and will be accompanied by new toys, publishing, and more. The article also mentions a “new” game, releasing “this fall”, but it most likely refers to Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters.
Next: the Layton series. It looks like the company has a new game in the works, to be released in Summer 2018 (presumably in Japan first).
Finally, it looks like Level-5 hasn’t given up on The Snack World for Europe and North America. Licence Mag reports that the company is currently looking ahead to 2018 or 2019, and hopes to introduce the property to its European partners. The goal is to create a “robust consumer products program”, similiar to what was done for Yo-kai Watch.
In other words, Level-5 is still pretty attached to its cross-media approach, and it’s not going to change any time soon. Therefore, you should not expect to see The Snack World outside Japan in the near future…
Source: Licence Mag
Thanks Not75Drops for the heads up!