I had the chance to play Digimon All-Star Rumble at PAX last year, and while I admit that fighting games aren’t really my jam, it was…okay. But it didn’t feel much like my beloved Digimon. Luckily, there’s a new game coming to North America—Digmon Story Cyber Sleuth—and this one is rumored to be what fans are looking for in a Digimon game.
It’s only fair that I reveal my long-term Digimon obsession here: it started when I was 8, and it hasn’t let up. In fact, I re-watched the seasons that are currently on Netflix a few months back. In English and Japanese. (I’m all-too thrilled about the new Digimon television show starring all the original characters—something to keep an eye out for if you or your kids are fans.)
Like the more widely recognized Pokémon series, Digimon features a cast of little monsters who can evolve with the help of their human companions. Pokémon and Digimon are actually fairly different once that’s out of the way, however. Unlike Pokémon, Digimon is set up so a human kid typically has only one Digimon pal, rather than collecting a lot of them. Digimon also speak human language, making them more like best friends than pets. While Pokémon is known first and foremost as a trading card and video game series, Digimon is better known for its story and anime television series than for its (mediocre) games. Perhaps that’s why a lot of people are enthusiastic about Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth.
This new game will allow players to train and level up their Digimon companions, more than 200 of which are available to discover. Judging by the screenshots, there are tons of recognizeable old friends here, from all different generations of Digimon history. The new game also looks like it will focus more on the story and mystery.