Digimon World: Data Squad is an upcoming PS2 Digimon game with a release date in the US of September 28th later this year.
The game is set in the Digimon Data Squad universe, and revolves around the Seven Great Demon Lords. In this game the player will be able to control the four main Savers characters, Marcus Daimon, Thomas H. Norstein, Yoshino “Yoshi” Fujieda, and Ikuto Noguchi along with their respective Digimon partners.
The graphics are cel-shaded and the battle system is similar to the Battle Terminal (a Japanese-only arcade game). Bandai Namco is calling the game a “Dramatic/Innovative RPG” which means that the Digimon partners are affected by how you, the player, treat them. The way your Digimon evolves will be similar to Digimon World; the Digimon will be affected by how you take care of it and, depending on that, will digivolve into different types of Digimon.
In Digimon World Data Squad, a new type of digivolution method is used, called the Galactica Evolution System: this will determine what Digimon your partner will evolve into. There will also be new original characters, meaning that these characters are exclusive to Digimon World Data Squad, and will not appear in any other Digimon Data Squad media.
Exclusive characters include:
Yuma Kagura, who has a Renamon as her partner; Kosaburo Katsura, who has an extremely clumsy, female Biyomon as his partner; Tsukasa Kagura, who is Yuma’s older brother, and the new DATS technician, who graduated from the same academy as Thomas; Masaki Nitta, who is said to be apart of DATS’ past, but is currently missing; and Manami Nitta, Masaki’s daughter.
Digimon World: Data Squad E3 2007 trailer
Digimon World: Data Squad Mammothmon Battle Gameplay Video
Digimon World: Data Squad DigiSoul Charge Gameplay Video
Digimon World: Data Squad Galactic Evolution Gameplay Video
The long list (so far) of Digimon that are going to be included in Digimon World: Data Squad for the PS2 include:
Ghoulmon (both versions)
Lucemon Fallen Mode
Lucemon Shadow Lord Mode
Otamamon (both versions)
PawnChessmon (both versions)