The latest copy of Famitsu Weekly has confirmed that a DS version of Disgaea is in development, dubbed Disgaea DS: Prince, according to translators onAkaYuki.
The original title, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, was a cult tactical role-playing game developed by Nippon Ichi Software for the PlayStation 2 back in 2003. Niche US distributor Altus (who else) brought the title to the west that very same year, but unfortunately it was largely overlooked despite winning a number of awards. A PSP port was also released in Japan during 2006 and hit America and Europe the following year.
There's no word on whether the title will be merely a port or a new installment in the franchise. Or even if Nippon Ichi Software (NIS)will develop the game.
But Nao Zook of NIS America has recently stated his interest in making a DS version, so fingers crossed the handful of hardcore Japanese tactical RPG fans are still out there. Check out ourDisgaea 3 coveragein the meantime.
Mar 5, 2008