It’s time for more teasing. Not long ago, right around E3 2012, Imageepoch CEO Ryoei Mikage was saying how the company wanted Toki to Towa (Time and Eternity), it’s latest PS3 RPG, to go international. Which made people wonder if we’d see the game at E3. I mean, I know I was searching Namco Bandai’s booth for it. It wasn’t there. Now, however, Mikage further raising the hopes of all JRPG fans by providing more Twitter droppings that suggest the game has a ticket out of Japan.
The first nugget of information came on July 7, 2012, when he responded to someone who asked if an international Toki to Towa was still a possibility. Mikage responded with, “The project is progressing.” When someone else commented on that shortly after, Mikage responded by saying localization contracts were being worked on and that Europe might only receive a downloadable version of Toki to Towa.
Toki to Towa is unique as it’s a PS3 RPG with 3D environments, but entirely hand-drawn and animated, HD characters. It also has an unusual heroine named Toki who shifts to a Towa personality during crucial moments. The initial swap is triggered when Toki’s wedding to the hero, the player, is crashed by bandits who seriously hurt the hero. That’s when Towa steps in and cleans up the place.
Imageepoch and Namco Bandai’s Toki to Towa still hasn’t been released in Japan, but it should be out later this year. Hopefully, we’ll hear about a North American and European release date before then!