Shiravune shared an interview conducted with Dungeon Travelers series director Tsutomu Washimi, who leads development for titles from developer Aquaplus.
The interview touches on a few key aspects of the series, such as the creative freedom they allow their artists. When asked about the details and specifications given to internal and external illustrators, Washimi-san shared, ” I didn’t actually give any special orders. All the artists were very comfortable with the genre, so when it came to the character designs, they fully understood our intentions, and work went really smoothly. With the monsters, all I’d say is ‘this general vibe, with these kinds of attributes,’ and gave them the freedom to interpret that how they wanted in their design.”
When asked if he ever told the artist that they can’t do something, he shared, “No, not really. It wouldn’t be any fun if we laid out all these restrictions and all we got back were cliché designs. We trusted in the illustrators’ creativity, which is how we ended up with such richly varied visuals. Though we did have to draw the line occasionally with illustrations that came out a little too risqué. (laughs).”
However, given that this will be the first time in the West that Dungeon Travelers 2-2 will be available, the team seems to be actively considering the series’ future. Washimi-san said, “First, we hope players will enjoy the new PC versions of DT2 and DT2-2.” and then added, “In order for us to make DT3 a reality, please support the Dungeon Travelers series.”
It’s a long shot, but it seems they are paying close attention to the PC sales of this series to see how it will work in a global market.
One other thing touched on in the interview is the overall difficulty of the game. Despite its cute characters and visuals, it’s a pretty tough dungeon crawler. Washimi-san and the other developers were huge fans of the genre and attributed that to fan reactions about how balanced and challenging the games are.
Reflecting on developing this project after the release of To Heart 2, Washimi-san added, “To our surprise, not only did To Heart 2 fans enjoy it even more than we’d hoped, but dungeon crawler fans did, too. Players praised how underneath its cute, light-hearted aesthetic, the game itself was actually tough and had all the appeal of a hardcore dungeon crawler.”
Dungeon Travelers 2 is a monster-collecting dungeon crawler where players will set off on a quest to save the world…oh who cares about any of them. The biggest draw is that during gameplay, players will fight against sexy monster girls and add them to their party.
Dungeon Travelers 2-2 was released on Vita in 2017 in Japan but never released in the West. The game acts as a sequel to the original with updated mechanics. It’s a new adventure based in a different universe where the story takes on a different direction with some shared characters.
The games are to be priced at $19.99 each.
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal and Dungeon Travelers 2-2: The Fallen Maidens & the Book of Beginnings will launch on PC via Johren on June 9, 2023.
You can check out PC screenshots below:
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