Written by. Ryuki Ishii based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-04-07 18:18 JST)
Sanrio and Imagineer have announced Sanrio Characters Miracle Match (サンリオキャラクターズ ミラクルマッチ) for iOS and Android. It’s scheduled to launch this June as a free-to-play title in Japan.
Sanrio Characters Miracle Match is an online PvP game featuring popular Sanrio characters. The game takes place in a magical world where players take on the role of Hunters or Challengers, with the former trying to catch the latter before the time limit is reached. Challengers can help captured friends escape, so there’s a bit of teamwork involved as well. The number of players in each team is unknown at the moment.
Characters like Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Pochacco, Kerokerokeroppi, Hangyodon, Little Twin Stars, Tuxedo Sam, and Mocha will join the battle as Challengers, while other characters such as Kuromi, Bad Badtz-Maru, and Goropikadon will appear as Hunters. There will be 36 characters in total, with additional characters expected to join post-launch.
Each character possesses some form of magical ability that they can use, and there’s an option to customize their appearance with things like costumes and glasses. Not to forget, players get to watch their favorite characters in action, which may be quite appealing for fans. The game seems slow-placed, so casual players will likely find it easy to play as well.
Although simplified in terms of gameplay, it’ll likely fall into the genre of asymmetric multiplayer in the same vein as Dead by Daylight and Identity V. It’ll be interesting to see how Imagineer will combine the Sanrio IP with this prominent genre while making it accessible to casual players.