RPG Maker MV is coming to consoles in 2019 from NIS America
Use the software to build your dream RPG, then share it with other players.
The RPG Maker series has been kicking around for quite some time now, primarily on PC but also on platforms such as the original PlayStation and (more recently) the 3DS. Now, RPG Maker MV is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America, courtesy of publisher NIS America.
Developed by Kadokawa Corporation, RPG Maker MV will be supported by a free app (called the RPG Maker MV Player) so that players--even those who do not own the base game--can download and enjoy games others have created and shared. The developer calls it "the most powerful game development software for creative minds everywhere," and indeed, RPG Maker has served as the foundation for any number of indie titles you might have found on Steam over the years.
Kadokawa and NIS America promise hundreds of graphical assets and an infinite number of possibilities, all without the need for complicated coding. You can customize your overworld and characters, or just focus on crafting a great story using the defaults.
Building a game from scratch is hard, hard work of the sort that has likely prevented many interesting projects from coming to light over the years. An engine like RPG Maker isn't the perfect solution, but it is a solution people have found useful for decades now, and its arrival on the leading consoles could open that world to a whole new audience that may have missed previous editions, particularly with the growing interest in projects from indie teams. Are you excited by the possibilities RPG Maker MV suggests?
Staff article by Jason Venter (July 05, 2018)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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