Record of Lodoss War Chronicle, a collection of classic RPGs based on Ryo Mizuno’s fantasy series, will shake fans to their core! Japanese game publisher D4 Enterprise released a trailer showcasing select titles from the series on July 29, 2022 via its Project EGG channel.
They also announced the official release date for the collection. It will be released on Japanese Windows PCs on August 31, 2022, but only customers who pre-ordered before May 2022 will receive their games on that date.
If you missed the first wave of pre-orders, don’t despair, because the second wave of pre-orders is currently running. Eager fans can place their orders at D4 Enterprise’s dedicated shopping portal, the AC Mall. The cost is 11,000 yen (about US$82) and the second shipment will arrive after September 2022.
What games can fans play once their package arrives?
The collection mainly focuses on the earlier titles in the series. And these came out on classic home computers and PCs that were popular in Japan in the late ’80s and early ’90s, like the MSX2, the NEC PC-9801, and the Sharp X68000. But some later titles came out on the Nintendo Super Famicom console, better known as the Super NES in western territories.
Here is the list of titles and their respective systems:
- Recording of Lodoss War – The Gray Witch (MSX2, NEC PC-9801, Sharp X68000)
- Recording of Lodoss War II – The Five Colored Magical Dragon (PC-9801, Sharp X68000)
- Fukujinzuke (MSX2, NEC PC-9801, Sharp X68000)
- Fukujinzuke 2 (NEC PC-9801)
- Fukujinzuke 3 (NEC PC-9801)
- Fukujinzuke 3 (NEC PC-9801)
- Recording of the Lodoss War (Super Famicom)
- Sword World PC (NEC PC-9801)
- Sword World SFC (Super Famicom)
- Sword World SFC2 (Super Famicom)
How did the Record of Lodoss War series begin?
It reportedly began as a series of replay articles describing Group SNE’s tabletop role-playing (TRPG) sessions and based on Dungeons & Dragons. These articles first appeared in 1986 in the popular Japanese computer magazine Comptiq, edited by Kadokawa Shoten.
The captivating characters and rich fantasy world portrayed in these articles proved popular with readers. So, beginning in 1988, dungeon master Ryo Mizuno adapted these session minutes into a series of high-fantasy novels.
And the growing popularity of the RPG Replay Record of Lodoss War paperbacks spawned many spin-offs, including several anime series, manga, games, drama CDs, and an MMORPG to name a few. And in 2021, the well-received Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth made its way to all modern platforms, with stunning 2D graphics and a Metroidvania-style adventure.
While the games in this collection are dated and won’t impress anyone used to JRPGs like STAR OCEAN THE DIVINE FORCE or Xenoblade Chronicles 3, they will appeal to collectors, retro gamers, and series fans. Well, if only D4 Enterprise would be so kind as to release an English localization, it would help spread the series to many more fans!