Japan's Weekly Jump has the scoop on a new PlayStation 2 Strategy/RPG in development at Square, and it's not what anyone would expect.
Enter Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D, the fourth-installment in the popular "Half-Made Hero" series which originated on the Nintendo Famicom. This new installment, which will make its official public debut from the 20th to the 22nd of this month at the Tokyo Game Show, has a rather clever and eclectic premise; a staple, it seems, for the niche series.
Similar to previous installments, Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D tells the tale of once-peaceful kingdom under siege by a horde of malicious monsters intent on domination. The PS2 game adds a new, humorous theme in the form of a conflict between 2D and 3D; all inhabitants in the castle are two-dimensional sprites, while their attackers are all large, polygonal behemoths.
It's up to the player, as the hero of the kingdom, to lead the paper-thin defenders against their assailants. It's also possible for the protagonist to transform in an egg-like monster, which boosts all essential statistics; thus the strange name, "Half-Made Hero."
Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D currently has no release date, but more information should come steadily out of the Tokyo Game Show regarding story, gameplay, and other details.