As promise, Level-5 shared new details on Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes today, and the reveals kicked off with a name change. You can kiss the name Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes goodbye, as the game will now be called Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes. Of course, that’s not all that was shared on this long-in-development installment of Level-5’s soccer series.

Level-5 released an entire blog that details what’s been going on with Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes, which gives us new gameplay details, story tidbits, and more. You can read a summary of all the pertinent info below, as translated by Gematsu.

  • the story has shifted to a tale of training/working hard one step at a time to achieve victory.
  • the game will no longer focuses on Unmei Sasanami rounding up past Inazuma Eleven characters
  • the goal is to build a proper original story, then implement past characters on top of that
  • “Story Mode” will tell the story of Unmei Sasanami
  • “Chronicle Mode” will allow players to round up characters from the entire history of Inazuma Eleven
  • Level-5 has had trouble finding a control scheme that worked, which ate up a lot of dev time
  • the “Free Soccer Interface” was settled on
  • this system allows players to switch between their preferred playstyle at any time during the match
  • using the “soccer game-like” controls with a controller retains the series’ unique, simple operation
  • the stylus controls of past games can also be used through finger-touch
  • Level-5 is considering releasing a special stylus for players who would prefer to play that way
  • in handheld mode, you can position the console either horizontally or vertically
  • in handheld mode, you can use touchscreen on traditional controls
  • in tabletop mode, you can position the console vertically and use the controller
  • in TV mode, you can play horizontally in either horizontal or vertical views
  • the protagonist of Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes loves soccer, but cannot play
  • the protagonist instead acts as a coach who scouts players and builds a team
  • the story isn’t about Raimon Junior High School, but instead, a new school in Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan
  • the name uses the kanji for “cloud” (雲) in it
  • “Cloud” is a keyword this time as “inazuma” (lightning) is born from clouds
  • Level-5 hopes to evoke a feeling of clouds swelling up to create lightning
  • Unmei Sasanami’s story is no longer set in a parallel world connected to the characters of the past
  • the setting and characters are now completely original
  • the story is said to be one of considerable passion
  • the time it takes to complete your soccer team will be the longest in the series yet
  • the “soccer battles” before your team is able to play a match will be more enjoyable and strategic
  • “Chronicle Mode” allows users to team up with characters from past Inazuma Eleven games
  • as you clear achievements, you unlock more characters to team up with and teams to face
  • more characters and teams will be added through future updates
  • more info on the game is coming this Winter

Finally, Level-5 also shared new art and screens for Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes. You can see everything they shared today in the gallery above.

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