Atlus has taken to the pages of Famitsu to announce the latest entry in its Growlanser series. Set for Sony's PlayStation 2 console, Growlanser V: Generations will be the first 3D installment for the strategy RPG titles. Note that Growlanser V: Generations should not be mistaken as Growlanser Generations, which was Working Designs' box set of the North American localizations for Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice and Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness.
The fifth game in the series will feature the return of famed video game and anime artist Satoshi Urushihara, who handled the character designs for the first four games. This time around, his illustrations will not only be used for Growlanser's standard static 2D cutscene displays, but also for realistically-proportioned 3D characters in battle, replacing the super-deformed sprites which had marked the earlier games.
The story of Growlanser V: Generations will be told through the perspectives of multiple characters, each with their own branching chapter within the game. Every character's chapter will have some impact on the others, and while most will advance the game's primary story, some will exist as optional side stories to further flesh things out.
There is as yet no Japanese release date for Growlanser V: Generations, nor has there been any word of a North American release. Check back with RPGamer for continuing coverage of this game.