|Rance X: Showdown|
|Ransu 10 -Kessen-|
(c)アリスソフト Box art
|Genre / Rating||Great War RPG / R-18|
|Base price||￥9, 780|
Rance X: Showdown is the 13th and final game in Alicesoft's flagship Rance Series. The 28-year-old series will finally reach its conclusion in this installment.
While initially set for a 2016 release, it was later delayed to an unknown time at the end of the year. Currently, it is scheduled to be released on February 23, 2018.
The story begins in September of the year LP0007, around a year after the events of Rance IX. Due to being the series finale, it is expected to adapt the last sections of the original Kichikuou Rance storyline, where war breaks out between the unified forces of humanity led by Rance, and the winning faction of the Monster Realm led by Kayblis. Due to the way that the events of the canonical timeline have heavily diverged from their original portrayal in Kichikuou Rance, it is currently unclear how the Hornet Faction will be handled relative to its appearance in that game.
While the game is confirmed to be an RPG, Alicesoft also clarified that it will be non-linear and more similar to Kichikuou Rance and Sengoku Rance in terms of replayability and decision-making. According to TADA, the story will change depending on the player's choices, even going as far as to say that on a first playthrough the player will at most be able to see 50% of the game's content.
As the conclusion of Rance's adventures across The Continent, the game will feature a huge cast of characters from all of the countries that have appeared in previous games. For this reason, it was confirmed that 3D models would not be used like they were in Rance Quest and Rance IX in order to accommodate the enormous number of playable characters.
For over a thousand years, the Continent has been divided into two sides: the Monster Realm, home of the all-powerful Dark Lords and the monster hoards that they command, and the Human Realm, home of humankind and its kin.
In the year LP0007, the forces of the monster army suddenly invade the Human Realm, striking with both overwhelming strength and ferocity.
The civil war between Dark Lords, which had been locked in a stalemate for several years, had finally ended. Its victor, the Dark Lord Kayblis, was declared ruler of all of monsterkind.
His first decree was to take back the human territories using all of the forces at his disposal.
While the major human nations of the world attempt to fight off the invading threat, the immense power difference between their armies and the united monster army quickly becomes clear.
Humanity's strength steadily begins to waver in the face of the seemingly unstoppable foe.
The Human Realm's major world leaders hold a summit to discuss a means of combating the monsters, but are unable to reach an agreement between each other.
Just as all hope seems lost, the man known as Rance stands up:
"All of you just follow me, okay? I'll smash-up all the monster armies no problem!"
While the summit's attendees are understandably shaken by this bold declaration, they quickly accept it.
It is because of these six women, who have each witnessed Rance's heroism save the world from crisis firsthand, that the agreement is reached.
Under Rance, humanity is united as one.
Thus, the great war to determine the future of the Continent begins.