Tactical RPG Grand Kingdom marches onto PS4 and PS Vita this June

Your first look at the new game from the man behind Muramasa: The Demon Blade

When my manager told me I had to put down Disgaea 5 to start looking into some new Tactical RPG called Grand Kingdom, I told him “No.” Turns out, that doesn’t fly (who knew?). I sidled over to our localisation team and asked for a build of this game on PS4 and PS Vita, and you know what? I haven’t put it down since. Seriously, this game is legit, and it will be available in Europe on 17th June 2016. Sharpen your pencils, boys and girls, war is coming!


One man’s vision

The game’s name didn’t really click for me until I saw that it was directed by Tomohiko Deguchi, the director of Grand Knights History, a title that sadly never saw the Western shore. Some of you might better recognise him from his work on another pretty great game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

Mr. Deguchi has taken all the things he learned from those games, and put them together into this grand tale. You’ll be traversing the continent of Resonail as the leader of a mercenary group. Along the way, you’ll discover the complex history behind the fall of the Uldein Empire, hire new members to build up your mercenary crew, and spend time fighting under contract for each of four unique countries using an interesting team-building and tactical combat system.



Tactical triumph

Now, I’m a sucker for pretty much any RPG where I get to train characters and gather cool equipment, but the tactical combat system of Grand Kingdom makes it stand out from the rest. You’ll be fighting on lane-based 2D levels where each unit acts in turn, but their turns play out as real-time movement limited by an Action Gauge similar to Valkyria Chronicles.

Since each mercenary has their own character class which defines their base stats and the type of attacks they can use, you’ll need to be careful not only about how you use your mercenaries, but also about which mercenaries you pair together. (Hint: a team of all Gunners doesn’t fare so well…)

Each class has their own special skills that are pretty awesome to see. For example, the Dragon Mage’s spells and her fierce-looking dragon’s fiery breath make full use of the game’s gorgeous art and fluid animations to deliver the wild thrill of a screen-filling attack and the smug satisfaction of a perfectly executed tactical decision.

A true work of art

I mean, seriously. I am abso-positively in love with this game’s art and music. We were actually so excited about it that we’ve decided to include a 32-page art book and a 5-track sampler CD featuring music from the game as part of a launch edition for the PS4 version of the game!


There’s a lot of meat to this game, so we’re going to have a lot more information yet to share in the months leading up to the 17 June 2016 launch — most of which you’ll be able to read right here on PlayStation Blog as we announce it. We’ll also be constantly updating our official game website as new things come out, so make sure you head on over there to sign up for our newsletter!

Thanks for reading, and let me hear the hype, doods! I’ll be around to answer what questions I can in the comments below!

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I have only one problem with NISA atm.

And that is… I know that I will spend way too much for all of those Vita games coming to us with great retail editions.

All hail NISA!

Btw. you probably will ignore it, but could you talk with Koei Tecmo over Atelier Escha&Logy Plus? I already wrote to you on twitter about it though… as one of those who imported your superb limited edition I can’t really fully enjoy game because japanese voice acting was added as a DLC instead of either including it on cartridge or via update (patch). Please talk with Koei Tecmo to add it as a patch.

It’s not our fault that Koei Tecmo Europe released it as digital only here in Europe. Guys please help us! There are quite a few EU guys/gals who imported it, and are stuck with english dubbing.


    In general i like NIS america as a publisher, but i do wish they would stop the whole censoring off their games or the DLC making off japanese dub which nowadays seems to be a trend and DLC isen’t forever cause just look at the transaction from ps3 to ps4 nothing works.


    What would be nice is if Japanese audio was the standard and American audio was the dlc. I don’t like censorship which means I’m more inclined to either import from Japan or if I buy American physical (turn off the audio) then just sell it on.

    It’s odd that KT released it digital only in Europe as they are more inclined to release digital versions in the US than Europe (as with various Warriors games)

jos3moreira 3 February, 2016 @ 6:08 pm   2

Tactical RPG?! Say no more. SOLD!

ummagummachild 3 February, 2016 @ 6:22 pm   3

Looks like a game made with some serious efforts. U attention coz its comin on vita. Hope i ll enjoy d game. Tactical is not one of my strong suit but who wants to stay in the comfort zone?
All d best, devs….


i’ll buy a physical copy for Vita

Tuulenpoika 3 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm   5

I’,m pretty sure I will be getting this physically for Vita. Is the Launch Edition going to be available for Vita, as well?

Great, can we get the Grand Edition like the American fans? ->


Trailer loses points for blatently copying the Suikoden 2 opening.


Cool cool, question though. Will the latest update in Japan(the new classes) make it over as well? Or a grace period before the update comes?

Anyway, FINALLY!! Been asking for ages why you barely post on our European blog 🙂


You had me at PS Vita 😉




@Jordan Vincent
will this have japanese dub included? with that i mean not the lame DLC style Idea factory seems to shaft on it’s hardcore fans even though there is more then enough disc space. it seems to be a trend to shaft fans who like original dub nowadays as giving it as DLC while there is no real reason to not include it.


    You would think that releasing with Japanese audio would save money as they wouldn’t need to bring in American voice actors. I really don’t think they understand that people in Europe don’t have a problem with subtitles.

GIGGITY_GOO__ 4 February, 2016 @ 6:38 am   12

I will pick up vita version if it’s physical

BLKChaosDragon 4 February, 2016 @ 9:58 am   13

It does look interesting, I’ll admit. So I’ll probably pick this up as I love me some tough strategy games.

That being said..As of now I wouldnt put down Disgaea 5 for this….just sayin.

twinspectre 4 February, 2016 @ 12:22 pm   14


twinspectre 4 February, 2016 @ 12:22 pm   15

Can’t Wait

reggyx3clover 4 February, 2016 @ 12:29 pm   16

Yay thanks… dood! Can I expect game called “Yomawari” next uhh… dood?


This looks awesome! I love turn based/tactical rpg’s sooo much, can’t wait to play it on vita!

FRANKIEdk 4 February, 2016 @ 5:14 pm   18

A Tactical RPG on the vita?? say no more dood!

rospondek 4 February, 2016 @ 5:34 pm   19

And I still hope for the Grand Knights History for PSV…
Of course Grand Kingdom for PSV will be mine.

    I like the new battle system. Grand Knights History was great. Never thought they will continue the series. I’ll also buy that one 🙂

HomessaHomem 4 February, 2016 @ 9:00 pm   20


AlucardTepes_DE 9 February, 2016 @ 9:49 pm   21

Depending, of the fact we get the real voices or not, will factor in me to buy it.
(Bring it with english voices only and you get nothing on my side.)