All the new features in Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! ~Kibou no Meikyuu to Tsudoishi Boukenshatachi Plus~ coming to PS4 and Switch in Japan this August.
Entergram revealed new details and screenshots on the enhanced version of the KonoSuba dungeon crawler RPG coming to PS4 and Switch. First off, the release date: it’ll launch in Japan on August 27, 2020. The normal version is 6000 Yen (tax excluded) while the limited edition is 9000 Yen (tax excluded).
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! ~Kibou no Meikyuu to Tsudoishi Boukenshatachi Plus~ will include multiple new features compared to the original game on PS4 and Vita:
Brand new optional dungeon: The Goblin’s Cave
This dungeon is over ten floors long, and new floors unlock as you progress through the main story. It has special gimmicks and treasure, and all the events happening in the dungeon are fully-voiced. You do not need to clear The Goblin’s Cave to clear the main story.
New Guild Quests, New Events CGs, New Costumes
The guild in KonoSuba‘s hub city Axel will include many new Guild Quests. These quests will include new event CG illustrations, and certain quests will net you new costumes as rewards. Costumes change is reflected in the battle CG and in-game portraits, making it a nice change of pace after crawling dungeons for hours.
The Plus version includes a Monster Encyclopedia recording all the monsters you defeated. You’ll now be able to grind for hours all the rare monsters in the game to 100% the Monster Encyclopedia, all while pondering the fact that the base version of the game didn’t include this basic feature of every good dungeon crawler RPGs.
New Monsters have been added
The Plus version of the KonoSuba dungeon crawler RPG includes many new monsters such as Griffon, Assault Ant, Goblin Soldier, and more.
Choose between Original and Arranged BGM
The original game used retro-like BGMs, this Plus version includes Arranged versions recorded with an actual orchestra.
Kazuma Can Learn More Skills
Protagonist Kazuma Satou can now learn additional skills from party members. To do so, you need to fulfill special conditions to trigger “Skill Events”. Skills unlocked via Skill Events can then be learned by Kazuma by spending special limited points. This makes Kazuma into a versatile character, being able to learn skills from various different jobs. Note that certain skills in the game cannot ever be learned by Kazuma. Moreover, when it comes to the skills he can learn, you won’t have enough points to learn them all in one run. You’ll only be able to learn them all via New Game + runs.
New Systems Highlighting Each Character’s Individuality
New systems have been added in the game in order to reproduce faithfully the atmosphere of KonoSuba. For example, in fights were you hold a big advantage, or in the contrary when you’re in a pinch, Aqua can snap and stop listening to instructions. Aqua can also now use the Powered spell. Another example: Megumin can now damage allies with Explosion if you tell her to cast it when fighting in narrow spaces.
The game’s UI has been Revamped and is Easier to Navigate and Understand
New Quality of Life Elements, New Options in System Menu
Auto scrolling for the dialogues, Cursor Memory for menus in battle. The damage calculation formula of the game has been revised as well. You inherit more stuff from your past run in New Game +, etc.
The Limited Edition
The Limited Edition includes a DLC code for swimsuit costumes and cheerleader costumes for the female characters. A clear case for phones featuring an illustration of Megumin. A towel with an illustration of Megumin and Yunyun in swimsuits. The Limited Edition also has a bonus cover with the same illustration at the towel.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Labyrinth of Hope and the Gathering Adventurers Plus was announced in May 2020 by Entergram. The game’s official site was be accessed here. The original game launched in Japan on June 27, 2019, This new enhanced version is the best choice you can go with for a KonoSuba game. Besides the gacha game Konosuba: Fantastic Days also known as KonoFan.
If this ever gets localized, and there’s a chance it will seeing KonoSuba is quite popular outside Japan, we should get this enhanced version right from the start.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! is originally a web novel part of the Isekai trend, written by Natsume Akatsuki. Its publication ran from 2012 to 2013 on Shōsetsuka ni Narō. A much longer light novel version ran in Japan from 2013 to 2020, with illustrations by Kurone Mishima. The novel got multiple anime and manga adaptations and is pretty popular worldwide. It’s one of the most appreciated Isekai, alongside Re:Zero, which is also getting a new game. KonoSuba’s author also writes Sentouin, Hakenshimasu!, and I highly recommend reading that.
In the past, we covered some gameplay for the original game, along with the first trailer, the first screenshots, pre-order bonuses, the opening animation movie and the playable characters, and the Princess Maker clone game featuring Aqua found in first print copies.
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