Inazuma Eleven

The latest title in the Inazuma Eleven series is undergoing some significant changes, resulting in a brand new name and yet another delay.

The game previously known as Inazuma Eleven Ares will now be called Inazuma Eleven: Heroes’ Great Road, and now won't be releasing in Japan until spring 2020. In a recent blog post for the game (translated by Pure Nintendo), Level-5 has revealed that the game will now be developed entirely in-house; last year, Level-5 had originally stated that an external developer was helping with certain portions of the game.

This change in development has been cited for the reason behind the delay, although it also brings some slightly more exciting news. Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino refers to Inazuma Eleven: Heroes’ Great Road as a “new game”, and mentions that while it's still based on the story elements designed for Ares, it will now feature an 'Alpha Episode' which includes characters from previous entries in the series.

A single brand new screenshot has been released.

Inazuma

According to Pure Nintendo's translation, the game will be a 'new' type of RPG which will give players a high degree of freedom on the field and a deep online match system.

Are you a fan of the series? Are you upset by the delay, or will you just be happy to get your hands on it when it does arrive? Let us know in the comments below.

[via level5.co.jp, perfectly-nintendo.com]