Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-07-14 12:18 JST)
PICTOY has officially announced Monster Create for iOS and Android. A future Steam release is also under consideration. The game is currently 50% complete and is expected to be released between spring and summer 2023.
As the name implies, Monster Create is a game where you create your very own monsters to battle with. Monster creation is said to be an intuitive process where you can freely customize a wide variety of available parts, including the face, eyes, torso, arms, legs, tail, wings, and horns.
After configuring the skills and abilities of your monsters, you can then have them take part in castle building battles. The game will include online modes that let players show off their monsters and do battle against one another.
PICTOY is a game studio established by Hiroshi Moriyama, who previously worked for development company Skip. After serving as director on the games Chibi-Robo!, Chibi-Robo!: Park Patrol, and the Japan only Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Ōsōji!, he left Skip and joined Asobism.
At Asobism, he worked as director on Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! and also created a number of highly original smartphone games, such as Dragon League, Dragon Poker, Castle & Dragon, and Gunbit. Moriyama then founded his own studio and began developing Monster Create with former coworkers Keita Takeuchi and Masahiko Kikuchi.
While Monster Create seems to be influenced by both Castle & Dragon and Freakyforms, in a past interview, Moriyama stated that players will be able to enjoy a new style of play that they’ve never experienced before (Famitsu App).
There is still a lot we don’t know about Monster Create, but there’s no questioning the fact that it is loaded with Moriyama’s creativity. The game will be on display at the indie game event BitSummit X-Roads that will be held in Kyoto this August, so the wait for more information may not be very long.