Disgaea 4 is a tactical RPG developed by Nippon Ichi Software exclusively for the PS3. It has already been released in Japan and will soon hit North America in September 2011. There will be three package deals with the game. The regular is just the game which is $50, the Premium edition comes with a Premium Box, Game, Artbook, D4 OST and a Fuka Figurine this will be $60. The third and final edition is the Premium Figure Set which included everything the premium edition has but with seven Disgaea figurines from the previous games, this will be $120.
The fourth installment from the regular Disgaea series will have a much different outlook in the Netherworld. The game will have more of a political theme to it. In the first game you could bribe senators but in this game mechanics will revolve around a political theme. D4 takes place in the Netherworld. Valvatorez, a former tyrant and vampire who has given up his powers after promising to never drink blood again, until he manages to instill fear into a girl he met 400 years ago. Valvatorez was demoted to Warden and Prinny caretaker in a prison. Valvatorez grows angry with the corrupted Netherworld government and seeks out revenge. He plans to overthrow the government and and kill the Overlord and take his place as ruler.
Numerous features are being added to Disgaea 4 to make it a game of epic proportions. Layers will be able to upload their D3 file into D4, current features of doing so are still unknown. As with the previous Disgaea, the Magichange system is returning. Now when you combine two monsters you get a mega monster. Combining a mega monster with a human you get a mega weapon. When combining a mega monster with a human with a mega weapon the human then dual wields the two mega weapons. The human gains all abilities from the 4 monsters that have combined with him/her. There will be a new “Punishment System” that is inspired by previous NIS title, “Criminal Girls”. This “Educational Coaching” will make the captured monster become an ally. The tower attack mechanic will be returning as well. D4 will feature a new online feature. Players will create their own pirate ship and send characters into the internet to raid other player’s games. There will be an automatic level matching mechanic so level 2k characters wont be fighting level 9999 characters. Your characters will have a bas of operations which will be fully customizable.
It wouldn’t be Disgaea without some cameo characters from previous games. However no cameo’s have been confirmed I doubt there will be an exclusion of Flonne (shown in the opening of D4), Etna, Laharl, Adell, and Rozalin. Uber bosses such as Pringer X will also be in the game.
Disgaea 4 DLC has already been released. Flonne in her Fallen Angel form (Japanese only, North America availability unknown), Adell (playable character), Rozalin (playable character), an extra mode similar to Axel, Etna and Raspberyl mode (actual character mode unknown), a mecha Laharl themed pirate ship, and Holt Village from D2 as the foyer for your base of operations.
Disgaea 4 is jam packed full of new and old features that will keep you playing for hours and hours. The updated graphics really show off the artwork of each character and class. This will be the Disgaea to play. Preorders start some time in July make sure to preorder your copy.