First announced back in 2013, Breath of Fire 6: Guardians of the White Dragon has got its official launch delayed till later this year in Japan by developer Capcom. Just to refresh, Breath of Fire 6 is both a web browser game and mobile game, where players from both platforms can meet and party with each other. Some new details were recently announced, and let’s take a quick look.
Single-player mode: Main story
Here, players can basically recruit several other companions to form a party and go through the game’s main story, just like a single-player RPG. It begins with the White Dragon and Dark Dragon clans, where the current Black Empire is apparently using the Dark Dragon’s powers to trample over other nations. It is now up to the player and his team to stop them while uncovering some mysteries…
Single-player mode: D-Trance mode
Basically a “berserker mode” if you will, the main character is able to enter the D-Trance (D for Dragon) mode during combat, using the power of the dragons to eliminate the enemies. At this point, everything surrounding the Dragon race is still a mystery.
Single-player mode: Class tree system and costumes
Apparently this is the first time Capcom has introduced both the class tree system and costumes into a Breath of Fire game. Similar to most Asian RPG games, the main player can advance into various classes once the requirements are met. I am guessing there is a magician tree not announced as well. Costumes, pretty self-explanatory, which can be worn to show-off in the multiplayer town.
Single-player mode: City building
Introduced previously, this is somewhat similar to a city builder mode, perhaps along the lines of Clash of Clans. Players will be able to upgrade structures, buy items, sell stuff, refine gears and more. It has been reported that players can visit one another’s villages, and even stop random monster invasions together (the multiplayer part has not been 100% confirmed though).
Single-player mode: Races
There are many races here, and since I am not a player of the series, I couldn’t really tell which are the new ones. I could point out that Humans, the Fae (a race of winged warriors), Forest Clan and…. well that’s all for me. And yes, there are several characters from different races whom can be recruited as you journey through the single-player campaign, each race with its own unique abilities.
Multiplayer mode: Four-man party
If you ask me, the multiplayer mode is rather weak, allowing only four players in a party to complete quests together. Here, players forego their single-player team members, and instead party with other human characters. I am seeing the magician here, but it does seem like the class is restricted to the female gender. Once again, players from both mobile and web browser can party with each other.
Multiplayer mode: Player town
Basically the main town or player hub, players can seek party members here, chat or to show-off their costumes. That is pretty much about it, since no mention of usual functions such as trading and auction house was mentioned. Another downer. Hopefully, more features will be announced over the next few months before launch. A beta phase will take place in Japan from summer till autumn.