Grandia Online a game in Japan for the fans made by fans

The "Grandia Online Game" also known now as "Grandia: Zero" is a prequel to the "Grandia" series set before the "Age of Genesis" or before the first Grandia game. The games story begins as an escapee from a village overcome by a dark force, petrifying the villagers and making the village completely uninhabitable. After escaping players will meet a powerful sorceress named Liete,( From the first Grandia Game) the player learns that similar events are happening across the world, and thus the adventure begins searching for the source
Players will visit familiar locals of the Grandia games and meet NPC which some of them are familiar with there is a lot of lore and fans will find that to be a great treat. Such as the Angel civilization, Spirit stones, and Grandians, Also the two races the Riete race and the Moge race important races in the Grandia series will be making appearances in the game
Something unique about the game is the partner system obtained at the start of the game the player is accompanied by a partner that is completely A.I controlled unlike a pet the A.I levels up and has equipment. Alternatively, the player may choose human controlled partners and form a party of eight players
The combat system in Grandia is all in real-time and mostly similar to the previous Grandia games in the series including the familiar Initiative Point (IP) Gauge, which is used for the game's Ultimate Action Battle System. The gauge, represented as a circle, contains icons representing each character in a player's party, as well as each enemy monster currently engaged. The icons move across the gauge to its end, which allows the player to accumulate combo points that can be saved to unleash powerful combination attacks along with other party members. Special combat abilities called Just Commands can be learned by continually using an equipped weapon, and occupy their own specific hot bar that can be quickly used during battle.As players defeat enemies, they gain experience points that go towards gaining levels, allowing a character to become stronger and face progressively more difficult opponents. The number of individuals in a player's party, as well as the use of computer partners and high-level differences between characters can all adversely affect experience gain
Players can choose from the three major races in the Grandia world: The Humans, Coltas the bushy tailed race, and the Ralgas
The background music for Grandia Online was written by the series veteran Noriyuki Iwadare he composed all the game music for the Grandia series and voices of the characters from various and famous voice dubbers and previous dubbers of the Grandia series like Kikuko Inoue who voiced Liete from the first Grandia an OST has already been released and sold with a special code which you can use to redeem in game items
What a lot of people don’t know is that the Grandia games are actuallymade by fans of the series who were so dedicated and decided to work for the company. It’s amazing the video game industry in Japan I wish I were part of that industry to actually do something you really like and enjoy so much
Though the game has been announced since 2006 and disappeared till recently 2009 the game has been under closed beta testing since then I’m really hoping that this would not be something for Japan only since all the Grandia games have been released on foreign shores and most consoles even the P.C I hope to play this one too someday and add it to my collection since you’ve never played all the Grandia games if you haven’t been able to play this one which is very frustrating XD
"The game should be available in Japan on open beta this spring 2010"
"Aki-The Adventurer"