Crunchyroll’s gaming division Crunchyroll Games has partnered up with Good Smile Company and NextNinja to co-publish Grand Summoners to the iOS and Android for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Released in 2016 back in Japan, Grand Summoners is a real-time RPG featuring strategic co-operative battles with up to four players and adventurous anime storylines.
To celebrate the launch of the mobile game for the west, they will be launching a special crossover event featuring characters from the popular 2018 anime series Goblin Slayer. The event will run between Thursday 6th June up until Wednesday 31st July 2019 and will feature Goblin Slayer, High Elf Archer, and Priestess as exclusive playable characters, each with their unique crossover-themed equipment to use during in-game battles and boss raids. Grand Summoner will mark the first mobile game appearance for the anime series.
Grand Summoners has previously featured other popular anime series for in-game collaborations, including Golden Kamuy, Kill la Kill, and most recently That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Grand Summoner will mark the first mobile game appearance for the Goblin Slayer anime series.
Crunchyroll’s Brady McCollum, the head of global operations and international, said this in response to the announcement:
“Through Crunchyroll Games, we provide our community with an impactful way to connect to each other and the content they love. We’re proud to welcome ‘Grand Summoners’ into the Crunchyroll Games family and we can’t wait for ‘Goblin Slayer’ fans to see what NextNinja, Good Smile Company, and our team has in store for them with this latest collaboration.”
Grand Summoners launched in Japan for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The mobile game was directed by Hisatoshi Hayakashi from AIDIS Inc., who also worked as the former director of Brave Frontier and as a leading role in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Elements Garden’s Noriyasu Agematsu composes the music for the game, who also composed the music for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. He is accompanied by Tetsuya Kakihara, Saori Goto and Satoshi Hino on vocals for a majestic soundscape that brings the game’s world to life.
Masayuki Yamagishi, the producer of Grand Summer, also responded to the announcement:
“Crunchyroll has been an essential partner of GoodSmile Company and NextNinja in creating a worldwide audience for ‘Grand Summoners’ since early 2018. Crunchyroll has a unique, deep understanding and respect for Japanese anime and games. Their commitment to understanding the joys and challenges of ‘Grand Summoners’ often far exceeds our expectations – and is the foundation for our partnership. GoodSmile Company and NextNinja are extremely excited to put ‘Grand Summoners’ into the hands of Crunchyroll-fans all over the world!”
The global version of Grand Summoners was released on 8th February 2018 and is supported by a diverse community worldwide. The UK release is available to download on the iOS and Android stores for free. Crystals for unit summoning, energy recovery, etc. can be earned by playing the game or by in-app purchases.
Crunchyroll Games have also brought over mobile games DanMachi: MEMORIA FREESE for the United States & Canada, and Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost. They will also be bringing Attack on Titan: TACTICS over before the end of the year.
You can find out more information about Grand Summoners over on their official global website, and their social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit. You can also follow Crunchyroll Games on their official Twitter account.
Source: Crunchyroll Press Release