Unicorn Overlord Began Development Around 2016; Proposed in 2014

In an interview with the Japanese magazine Famitsu with the producer, director, and game designer of Atlus and Vanillaware’s upcoming Unicorn Overlord, one of the interviewer’s first questions asked about the game’s development. Or rather, when did it all begin to be precise.

According to the director, we can trace this to almost ten years before its now-defined March 2024 release. However, development itself wouldn’t occur until two years after the proposal period, in 2016.

You can view the translated segment below:

Interviewer: When did development for Unicorn Overlord begin?

Noma: The planning process itself goes back to as early as 2014. When I checked the proposal document from that time, it was dated March 7, 2014, so it will be released exactly ten years later, I guess (laughs).

However, we didn’t keep working on it all the time, especially since we had various other titles in development. We didn’t actually start in earnest until around 2016, I think, after Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir was completed.

The names and roles of the staff members interviewed are as follows:

  • Takafumi Noma (Director)
  • Wataru Nakanishi (Game Designer)
  • Akiyasu Nakamoto (Producer)

Unicorn Overlord Illenia Event 2 Blood Soaked Unification Screenshot

In Unicorn Overlord, players must prepare to defy destiny and immerse themselves in a regal odyssey. This RPG promises an unforgettable journey. Brought to life by the creators of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, this game seamlessly blends overworld exploration and a unique battle system, all in the iconic Vanillaware art style.

As a player, you will traverse a vibrant and enchanting world, forging a formidable army comprised of over 60 distinct characters, all while carving out your legacy across five illustrious nations in this grand fantasy adventure. Unleash your kingdom from the shackles of adversity and seize control of your fate in Unicorn Overlord.

Unicorn Overlord will launch for PlayStation 4 (digital-only), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on March 8, 2024.

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