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Getting back to the Netherworld with a Disgaea D2 interview

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We’ve heard lots of amazing announcements from NIS America today concerning their 2013 game lineup and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is one of the biggest names in the bunch. Naturally, we knew we’d eventually see the newest adventures of Laharl, Etna and Flonne in North America eventually, given the popularity of the strategic RPG, but it was fantastic to get the official confirmation. To go along with that, GamerTell got in touch with Steven Carlton, Script Editor for Disgaea. He’s worked on almost every entry in the series and we got the opportunity to discuss the past and future of what is NIS’ flagship series.

GamerTell: You’ve also worked on almost every Disgaea game for NIS America. What has it been like, dedicating yourself to a series like that for so many years?

Steven Carlton: I’ve always had a blast working on this series. I truly feel blessed that I’ve been able to work on these titles, especially since I loved the first game. When it came out, I had just graduated from college and I was playing the hell out of it, and now here I am working on this awesome game franchise.

GamerTell:Which Disgaea game involved the most effort? I’m guessing it would have been Disgaea Infinite.

Carlton: Disgaea Infinite was the only one published by NIS America that I didn’t work on. However, of the ones I did do, it would have to be Disgaea 3, mainly because it’s got the standard game, all the DLC characters with story events, the Raspberyl chapters DLC, and then the new chapters that were added for Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention.

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GamerTell:Are you excited to work on Disgaea Dimension 2 and return to writing about the cast of characters after 10 years?

Carlton: Well, Atlus did the original game 10 years ago, but I’ve got to play around with these characters through their various guest appearances and Etna being somewhat of a main character in Disgaea 2 and being the main character of her own added episodes in Disgaea: Afternoon of Darknessfor 7 years. This franchise definitely has amazing characters, and Laharl, Etna and Flonne certainly rank among the best of them. So, yeah, I am excited!

GamerTell: How have Laharl, Etna and Flonne grown between Disgaea and Disgaea D2?

Carlton: It’s been a few years for them since the end of Disgaea, and no one recognizes Laharl as the Overlord. Also, it’s interesting to note that between these two stories, none of their appearances in any other game have actually happened, thus making this game take place in an alternate dimension!

GamerTell: The Disgaea anime had an episode called “Netherworld Siblings” in which Laharl had a surprise little sister named Maharl. Do you know if it helped inspire Sicily’s appearance or is it referenced at all in the game?

Carlton: So far, there doesn’t seem to be any reference to Maharl In Disgaea D2. Whether she had any influence on any character introduced in Disgaea D2 …remains a mystery!

Disgaea D2 will be coming to the PS3 in Japan on March 20, 2013. Expect to see it in North America later in Fall 2013.

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