Updated: Jan 29
This February 22, 2023, Digimon World: Next Order comes out on the Nintendo Switch and Steam. The game has a pre-order reward for the physical copy that includes an official Digimon Beanie, a parameter boost set, and access to the Ultimate Digimon Omegamon and Imperialdramon.
The player can choose between a male or female main character via selecting Takuto or Shiki respectively. Thrown into the Digital World the player allies with up to 2 Digimon. Training them to attempt to save the Digital World from the threat of viruses and rampaging Digimon.
Takuto; left Shiki; right
The trailer shows off a series of features that the players can build up and reinforce a base where they and their fellow Digi-destined call home, using the facilities to train and power up their Digimon, by virtue of Digimon's origin as a virtual pet game.
As players train their Digimon and harness the bond between them, they will find that Digimon have a lifespan, and they don't meet the requirements for any of their next possible stages within a set number of in-game days, they’ll collapse, die, and be reborn once again into an egg of your choosing, each time with a slight boost to its stats. These eggs carry on the traits and stat bonuses of their digital parent and pass them on to the next Digimon that comes from them, making each Digimon stronger and stronger.
In combat players will find that their Digimon attack automatically, but through good bonding players can activate special powerful moves like seen in the anime and manga series.
Digimon World: Next Order was released for PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 17, 2016, and later for PlayStation 4 in North America and PAL regions in January 2017. The game was met with moderate views, scoring 68/100 on Metacritic, 8/10 on PlayStation LifeStyle, and 33/40 on Famitsu. We'll see if the 2023 release has done anything to change these scores or if it will be met with similar criticisms.