Kadokawa announced on Tuesday that it is developing an RPG Maker MV game based on The Rising of The Shield Hero franchise titled The Rising of The Shield Hero: Relive The Animation. The game will be available on iOS and Android devices, as well as on PC via Steam this month.
The game is a 2D role-playing game with sprite-based character art and animation, and was developed on the RPG Maker MV engine using custom and built-in assets. Cuts from the anime series are also included throughout the game. According to a disclaimer on the Steam page, English language has not been announced to be supported on launch, but may be added eventually.
One Peace Books is releasing Yusagi Aneko’s original novel series and Aiya Kyu’s manga adaptation in English. The publisher describes the novels’ first volume:
Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction. As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!
The The Rising of The Shield Hero anime series premiered with a two-hour special on January 9 and ran for 25 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The series was scheduled to launch on Crunchyroll with English subtitles on January 9, but Crunchyroll streamed the first 45-minute English-subtitled episode early on January 5. Crunchyroll premiered the first dubbed episode at last year’s Crunchyroll Expo in September 2018 with guests from the anime. The anime will also have two additional seasons coming soon, as announced at Crunchyroll Expo 2019.