Kemono Friends 3
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Kemono Friends 3 is an mobile game developed and published by SEGA. Released in 2019, the game is meant to be a sequel to Kemono Friends 2 as the next numbered title in the Kemono Friends franchise. SEGA has stated that their intention is to do the numbered title justice, and does not plan to develop Kemono Friends 3 as a side game or as an adaptation of other media - rather, Kemono Friends 3 will be a game developed with the intention of being a true sequel. Kemono Friends 3 was first announced by SEGA during their Tokyo Game Show 2018 stage event, and formally unveiled on January 12th, 2019, alongside its sibling game, Kemono Friends 3: Planet Tours. The game is free to play with microtransactions and gacha elements.
Plot details are currently scarce, but the game takes place in a building labeled "Japari Security and Research Team", abbreviated to JSRT. The building is located in the An'in Region during an as-of-yet unknown part of the timeline. A new English-speaking human character, Calenda, has been shown traveling to Japari Park with a modified Lucky Beast. There will be a new unit consisting of Dhole, Meerkat, and Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, managed by Peach Panther. Additionally, it appears that Blackbuck, Tasmanian Devil, and Australian Devil will appear, taking what has been teased to be an antagonistic or rival role.
Kemono Friends 3 is a JRPG with similar gameplay to the original Nexon game. The object of the game is to progress through various quests, battle Celliens, and collect Friends. The game will have full 3D animation and at least partial voice acting.
Quests are the main component of the game. Players will be able to advance through the plot by building teams of Friends that are powerful enough to defeat stronger and stronger foes. Each quest costs a certain amount of Stamina to attempt, a meter that replenishes in real-time. Increasing your Party Level will increase the maximum amount of Stamina you can have at once.
The Main Story will be released on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Each chapter contains 12 episodes, which are further divided into multiple battles. In addition to being able to watch the main characters explore Japari Park and interact with more Friends, players will receive a premium currency bonus the first time they clear each battle.
There are several other types of quests, including Growth Quests, Friend Stories, and Arai-san Captain's Diary. Players will also be able to clear Missions during the Main Story. Details about these features have not yet been announced.
Battles follow a traditional turn-based combat system. Enemy Celliens will attack in waves, and the player can compose a party of up to 5 Friends to defeat all of the waves without being knocked out. The player starts out being able to take 3 actions per turn, with no restrictions on selecting the same Friend multiple times in a row.
Players influence combat by assigning one of three Flags to each Friend:
- Beat - Performs a skill unique to each Friend.
- Action - Attacks, and increases the Kemono Miracle meter, which can be used to activate signature moves with unique names and animations.
- Try - Attacks, and boosts the stats of the party on the next turn.
If more than one Friend has the same Flag, a Kemo Chorus will be activated, providing a bonus to each Friend. Additionally, Kemo Choruses can be used to fill the Seconds meter, which increases the maximum amount of actions that can be taken per turn.
Friends have different skills and different types, and may be strong or weak against different enemies, so players are encouraged to collect a diverse range of Friends and use them wisely. Defeating Celliens will reward the player with items and gold.
A currently unnamed game mode will allow the player to watch the Friends they've collected interact and live their daily lives in the JSRT headquarters. Video footage has shown Friends wearing different costumes and interacting with furniture, although the amount of customization the player has control over remains to be seen.