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Sega’s mysterious new RPG is a mobile game with a non-linear story

Sega has released a teaser website and Twitter account for a new mobile RPG, which it plans to reveal during the Tokyo Game Show. The RPG will apparently feature a non-linear storyline, allowing for player choice.

The new game has so far a website with a nice work of art and a trailer that has yet to be released in English. This teaser confirms that the RPG will be a mobile game and hints at a visual style inspired by the anime. The teaser features a quill pen drawing anime characters and a landscape before various concept art images flash at the end of the teaser, but there is apparently no gameplay.

Translated by IGN Japan, a voiceover explains that the (as yet unannounced) team behind the game wants to do something different from the linear stories prevalent in RPGs, and take inspiration from tabletop RPGs that could take the form of one-off experiences without an end set. The objective is to release an RPG for smartphone where the player decides how the story unfolds through his choices.

“Not a straight road, let’s take a unique trip,” the tweet read, according to Google Translate. “#Trueroleplaying. The information ban is lifted on October 1, 2021 (Friday) 10:50 p.m. # TGS2021 online #SEGAnewRPG.”

The teaser and website promise that more information will be revealed when Sega shows off at the Tokyo Games Show on October 1. Sega’s presentation begins at 10:00 p.m. JST and ends at 11:50 p.m. JST, according to the TGS site. The trailer states that this specific game will be revealed at 10:50 p.m. JST. We’ll be covering the show throughout, so be sure to come back for more.

The full Tokyo Games Show 2021 lineup will also include new introductions from Xbox, Square Enix, Capcom, and more. The only other information revealed about Sega’s presentation is that Atlus will be involved. There is no confirmation that Atlus worked on the new RPG that Sega is teasing.

Sega’s next major release is Lost Judgment, a sequel to Yakuza’s Judgment spin-off. IGN’s Lost Judgment review says the game “disappoints with its main story and simplistic detective work, but excels with its substantial school-based side quests.”

Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.