Level-5 announced Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes‘ title has been changed to Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes, and new details were revealed.
The title was changed since victory is an appropriate theme of the new Inazuma Eleven title according to Level-5’s new development blog. The game’s story focuses on players training and working hard to ultimately achieve great victories.
Story mode focuses on protagonist Unmei Sasanami while “Chronicle Mode” focuses on the entire history of Inazuma Eleven. Additionally, the game’s name change places more emphasis on the original story, instead of retreading the established stories of Inazuma Eleven.
The most arduous and time consuming portion of development involves the intuitive pen-touch controls of prior games, without a pen. Level-5 created multiple demos, but did not have a good enough control feel. As a result, the “Free Soccer Interface” was created, which allows players to switch between a preferred playstyle at any time.
When using “soccer game-like” controls with a controller, Inazuma Eleven’s unique and simple operation remains intact. Pen-touch controls may also be used through finger-touch, and Level-5 is considering a dedicated pen for players who prefer that style of play.
Switch Version: In handheld mode, you can position the console either horizontally or vertically and use line draw (touch controls) or the controller to play. In table mode, you can position the console vertically and use the controller. And in TV mode, you can play horizontally in either horizontal or vertical views of the field using the controller.
Unlike previous Inazuma Eleven games, the protagonist of Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes is a coach who scouts players and builds a team. The story and characters of the game are completely original now, which means it’s not set within the established Inazuma Eleven universe as fans know it. Further details about the game’s original story are being kept under wraps for now.
As mentioned previously, the Chronicle mode focuses on the history of the Inazuma Eleven universe with characters from across the franchise. Players team up with renowned characters and take on various challenges. More characters and rewards are unlocked by earning in-game achievements, and more content will be added through updates.
Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes is in development for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in Japan. Lastly, more information is coming in winter 2022.