Sega Unveils Popolocrois Monogatari Smartphone Game
Sega Game announced on Friday that it will unveil a PoPoLoCrois smartphone game titled Popolocrois Monogatari ~ Narcia no Namida to Yōsei no Fue (Popolocrois Story: Narcia’s Tears and the Fairy’s Flute) at its Tokyo Game Show stage event on September 23.
The new game’s story will take place eight years after the original story. Pietro and Narcia are older and begin a quest at the behest of the fairy king. The characters will be rendered in 3D graphics, and the game will be free to play with the option to purchase in-game items.
Epics producer Tetsuji Yamamoto and Sega Games managing director Oki Nagashima will appear at the stage event, where they will unveil a teaser movie, game details, and theme song.
Sega Games filed a trademark for “Narcia no Namida to Yōsei no Fue” in July. The PoPoLoCrois Twitter account announced last year that a smartphone game was slated for this January but the game never surfaced.
XSEED Games released Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale, the latest game in the series, on the Nintendo 3DS on March 1. The game is a crossover of the Popolocrois Monogatari tactical role-playing game series and Marvelous’ Bokujō Monogatari (Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon) farm simulation role-playing game series. The game allows players to both run a farm and explore the world undertaking quests. The game shipped in Japan in June 2015.
XSEED also began releasing the original manga by Yohsuke Tamori for free in February. The release is the manga’s first English release. The series served as Tamori’s debut manga series, and Tamori published the manga in Dakkusu and Pafu in 1978-1979 before serializing it in Asahi Shōgakusei Shimbun from 1981 to 1986. Poplar Publishing republished the series into three compiled volumes in 2003.
A television anime adaptation, also titled Popolocrois Monogatari, ran from 1998 to 1999. An anime sequel, simply titled PoPoLoCrois, ran from 2003 to 2004 with a new main character.
The story takes place in a country by the name of Popolocrois in which the people live peacefully. King Paul is a kind-hearted man who entered into a marriage with one of the daughters of the Ryu clan, Sania, in order to overcome the barriers between the different races. The Queen soon gave birth to a child, Prince Pietro, who will play a significant role in bridging the gap between the humans and the Ryu clan.