Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. has recently made an exciting announcement that has caught the attention of manga and gaming enthusiasts alike. They have revealed their latest project, SAND LAND, a brand new action RPG based on the renowned manga created by Akira Toriyama, the mastermind behind popular franchises such as DRAGON BALL and DR. SLUMP.
SAND LAND, developed by ILCA Inc., made its debut during this year’s Summer Game Fest “Kickoff Live” livestream. The game is set to be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via STEAM, promising an immersive and captivating gaming experience for players across various platforms.
The game invites players to embark on an inspiring adventure in a desert world plagued by a severe water shortage. As they journey through this arid landscape, they will assume the roles of several intriguing characters, including the Fiend Prince, Beelzebub, Sheriff Rao, and the demon Thief. These unlikely allies join forces to explore the vast desert and uncover the secrets surrounding the Legendary Spring, a hidden water source that holds the key to survival in this parched land.
Beelzebub, who introduces himself as a “super evil fiend,” possesses the strength of a mighty warrior along with telepathic abilities. However, beneath his intimidating exterior lies a pure heart reminiscent of a young boy. Sheriff Rao, a valiant lawkeeper hailing from a small town, seeks the assistance of demons to rescue the inhabitants of Sand Land from their water crisis. Accompanying them on their journey is Thief, a wise old demon renowned for his thieving prowess.
As players assume the role of Beelzebub, they will have the opportunity to explore a sprawling world alongside their unlikely group of demons and humans. The vast desert landscape can be traversed on foot or by utilizing various vehicles, allowing players to encounter both perils and helpful characters along the way. Exploring SAND LAND’s expansive environments will unravel its numerous secrets and expose players to a diverse array of exhilarating challenges.
A significant aspect of SAND LAND revolves around vehicular and character combat. Players will have access to a wide range of customizable vehicles, which they can equip with specialized loadouts to overcome obstacles, defeat formidable enemies, and engage in thrilling battles. This fusion of intense action and strategic gameplay mechanics ensures that players will face a host of exciting encounters throughout their journey.
SAND LAND initially gained popularity as a manga series created by Akira Toriyama in 2000. The captivating story, set in a desert world plagued by water scarcity, resonated with readers worldwide and propelled the series to immense success. Building upon the manga’s acclaim, the SAND LAND project was announced in December 2022, with a vision to expand the IP into various forms of media. The project commenced with the co-production of an anime film by Bandai Namco Filmworks’ Sunrise Studio, Kamikazedouga Co. Ltd., and ANIMA Inc. The subsequent reveal of the SAND LAND game in June 2023 has further solidified the franchise’s presence in the gaming industry.
Bandai Namco Entertainment’s SAND LAND promises to captivate players with its immersive gameplay, fascinating characters, and the opportunity to explore a desert world filled with secrets and challenges. With its roots firmly planted in the classic manga series, fans of Akira Toriyama’s work can eagerly anticipate an unforgettable gaming experience when the game launches on various platforms. Stay tuned for more updates as the release date draws near and get ready to embark on an enthralling adventure in SAND LAND.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Windows