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Inazuma Eleven Eiyuutachi no Victory Road
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Inazuma Eleven Eiyuutachi no Victory Road (イナズマイレブン 英雄(えいゆう)たちのヴィクトリーロード, Inazuma Irebun Eiyūtachi no Vikutorī Rōdo, lit. Inazuma Eleven Victory Road of Heroes), is the next game in the main Inazuma Eleven series. The game is stated to be released in 2023.

It was formerly announced under the name of Inazuma Eleven Eiyuutachi no Great Road (イナズマイレブン 英雄(えいゆう)たちのグレートロード, Inazuma Irebun Eiyūtachi no Gurēto Rōdo, lit. Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes), or simply Inazuma Eleven Great Road, before renaming it to something more suitable for the story.

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Level-5 was originally developing the Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin game, but after numerous delays and issues during production, the game was scrapped. In September of 2019, just before the airing of Orion no Kokuin's final episode, Hino announced they decided restart their game project, instead making a game called Inazuma Eleven Eiyuutachi no Great Road, which would add more story of the characters outside the Ares no Tenbin series, and planned to release it in Spring 2020.

Eiyuutachi no Great Road

On April 1st, 2020[1], Hino announced an upcoming plan for the new game. Instead of following the Ares no Tenbin story as originally planned, the game would have a completely new storyline and would be a remake of the Football Frontier arc from the original Inazuma Eleven, and would feature characters from both the GO series and the Ares no Tenbin series as part of the same timeline. The story will focus on the new protagonist, Sasanami Unmei, a soccer-loving boy with a mental trauma which makes him unable to play soccer, who decided to join Raimon's soccer club as a manager after he met Endou Mamoru. The game was expected to release in 2021.

After a year with no update on the game, on April 2nd, 2021[2], Hino posted an update video on his blog. The video contained some new in-development footage of the game with several major characters from all three series appear in the background. The building and character model were changed from the more realistic scale, seen in the early development of Ares no Tenbin and AC games, to the smaller scale and less detailed, similar to GO games. The game was now delayed to 2023.

Eiyuutachi no Victory Road

On July 15th, 2022[3], Hino announced the former blog for Inazuma Eleven Eiyuutachi no Great Road would be updated on the next week, releasing a piece of artwork depicting Sasanami getting intimidated by a new character.

On July 21st, 2022[4], Hino announced Inazuma Eleven's latest work, redirecting to the new site and, releasing the logo for Victory Road and a new piece of artwork depicting Sasanami holding on to a new character.

The refurbished development blog was updated after a year of absence. Hino announced that the game would be receiving a title change from Great Road to Victory Road to fit better with the new main story of the game. The original plan for the Great Road game was to focus on Sasanami building a team of past characters but was eventually changed to an original story separate from the other Inazuma Eleven series.

The game is said to be divided on two modes: Story Mode (ストーリーモード, Sutōrī Mōdo) and Chronicle Mode (クロニクルモード, Kuronikuru Mōdo):

Story Mode

The Story Mode is said to be focused on Sasanami's story, a boy who can't play football and instead scouts other players and creates his own football team with him as their commander. He and his friends will build their own 'victory road' as the characters are stated to not be as strong as players but they face their problems, work and train hard to overcome them to find a way to win. The story will be set in a new school located on Nagasaki, Nagumohara, having (lit. Cloud) in its name to coincide with Sasanami's etymology.

Hino mentions the process to creating a full team of players will be a lot longer than past Inazuma Eleven games and that the Soccer Battle events that take place before actual matches will be made more fun and strategic to liven up the mood before a full scale match.

Chronicle Mode

The Chronicle Mode is said to be where the player will collect, battle and build teams with previous characters from the Inazuma Eleven franchise, even being able to face the worst, strongest and most fearsome enemy teams. The number of characters that can join and the number of teams faced is stated to increase as the player completes certain in-game achievements and through future game updates.

Free Soccer Interface

It was detailed the struggle of finding a good control scheme for the Victory Road game as Level-5 were trying to achieve the touch screen controls of the previous Inazuma Eleven main line games without touching the screen. There was also the attempt at using traditional football game controls, but they were too standard and not very beginner-friendly.

After a lot of trial and error, they settled on the Free Soccer Interface (フリーサッカーインタフェース, Furī Sakkā Intafēsu), a customizable gameplay style allowing the player to switch between the traditional style of drawing arrows on their characters to move or using a controller and buttons for those inputs. Hino also discussed the possibility of launching a dedicated stylus alongside the game.

The camera positions during matches can also be changed. Using a Nintendo Switch undocked allows the player to rotate their screen vertically or horizonally to view the pitch and play the game. The player can also switch the camera of the gameplay from viewing the pitch from left to right or top to bottom, alternating between a traditional handheld Inazuma Eleven game view or a Strikers style view. However, Hino also states Level-5 are considering adjustments to this customizable gameplay when playing against another player.

Trivia

  • The game has a motif of clouds, being present in its logo, in the new school name and in the main character's name. Hino has stated that this is to signify the sky and clouds before lightning (Inazuma), which metaphorizes the troubled characters as 'smouldering clouds' who may turn into tempestuous lightning in the future.

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