Following on from Akihiro Hino and Jiro Ishii's rather mysterious announcement of Level-5's new video game with a time-travel theme, we have the first piece of artwork of Time Travellers (via AndriaSang). The company has also updated its website with the game page although further details seem to be lacking, for now at least.

Mirroring what Ishii said in his Famitsu interview, the mood that the artwork sets seems to reflect his memories of the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake that he describes as "a theme of calamity" that's deep within him. What we see is a female standing on top of a clock tower, looking out onto the devastated city landscape around her. What caused all this destruction? Is the time 6:57 significant at all? Until we get more information, such as the platform(s) this title will be available for, we can only imagine.

When Hino described the game as "centered on hardware that's not yet in this world...", that was understandably the fuel needed to burn the 3DS fire. Hopefully at E3 2010, Nintendo will announce some solid details on the 3D handheld with a juicy Time Travellers teaser trailer. That would be nice, wouldn't it?

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