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Reaper Coming to PS Vita as Free-to-Play Action RPG

Luc Bernard's Avatar Posted by Game Director, Arcade Distillery

Hello, I’m Luc Bernard. I’m the creative director, and art director, and — well — I look after many other roles on Reaper for PS Vita. Now this is my first time doing a post on Playstation.Blog, so it may sound a bit all over the place!

I don’t know if anyone remembers, but years ago Reaper was announced back in 2010 for Playstation Portable. The title had to be put on hold for a while sadly, but now it’s back. I’d say it’s a great thing that I waited this long to resume development and show it to the world.

Reaper is a free-to-play title exclusive to PlayStation Vita. Personally the Vita is my favorite portable system for many reasons, which I don’t think I need to go into since you Vita owners already know them.

Now let’s talk about the gameplay. Reaper is an action RPG platformer, so you’ll be leveling up, pulling off combos, destroying enemies, and all those kind of things. But what makes it unique is the card system. Now don’t worry, it’s not like those mobile games that have cards where you can’t do anything with them — these cards will actually be awesome, and there’ll be different types:

  • Weapon and armor cards which will give you different weapons and armors each with their own unique abilities.
  • Summons will be huge creatures that will damage everything on screen.
  • Spells will allow you to cast fire, spines (Yes, I did say spines), and many other different things.
  • Pets will follow you and attack nearby enemies, helping you.

At launch there’ll be at least 100 different cards to collect, and of course with updates there will be more all the time.


Now for multiplayer, we are still thinking about how it will work, but I can assure you that, to me, a free-to-play game needs great features. So we’ll keep you guys updated, but right now we’re making sure the single player is amazing.

The story in Reaper has also been very important to me. I got inspired by many moments in my life while coming up with it. Actually, when I was thinking about it, it was during a dark period of my life when the woman who raised me passed away, and then while I was still working on the game my ex wife also died. Reaper has a focus on what it is to lose important people in one’s life, in different ways.

For example I want to show you Death’s backstory, one of the main characters.

For as long as she can remember, Death has worked tirelessly to take the lives and souls of humans. Constantly ending the lives of innocents and corrupt alike began to take its toll on her and she soon grew lonely and depressed. Eventually, she fell in love with a mortal man. After much debate with her sisters, she chose to disobey them and granted her lover immortality and in doing so, created the first Reaper.


His newfound immortality and thirst for power corrupted him to the core and he soon left her. Death, heartbroken, was too devastated to continue her task. She withdrew from the world and hid herself away from everything and everyone. Discovering her failure to cull the human souls, her sisters captured her and grafted a sentient exoskeleton construct onto her body. With its power, her sisters enslaved her and forced her to return to her work.

Death reluctantly accepted her cursed fate and set out to make sure she would never make the same mistake again. Using all of her power and will, she began to create a massive army of Reapers to do her bidding. With her gift of power also came great loss. She took the reapers memories from them and bound them in mortal bodies, so none could ever leave her side. Now she has become a cold and bitter husk of her former self, eternally a slave to her dark task.

So that’s all I can reveal for the moment. Hopefully at E3 you guys can see the game, and I’ll keep you updated soon.

Add Your Own

Shiroyami said:

June 6th, 8:12 am

It’s great to see an indie developer willing to truly show that they love Vita by releasing an exclusive. I like both the original artwork and the style in-game, as sycthe users are my thing. I was trying to figure out how multiplayer would work based on the trailer and I could only think of old school beat em ups. Hopefully that is right, either way the title is definitely on my radar, thanks again for the strong showing of support. This means a lot, especially pre-E3.

Borshay said:

June 6th, 8:18 am

Game looks pretty fun! Is it expected to release this year or will it be a 2015 title?

IIL0YDII said:

June 6th, 8:18 am

Looks like flash game.

Einhander138 said:

June 6th, 8:25 am

Physical release or no sale.

Samaritain said:

June 6th, 8:25 am

with destiny of spirits more and more free to play are coming to Vita and I think it’s great ! BUT we are expecting great video games, cause there are already tons of free to play on smartphone…. good luck to Reaper !

maxcoronel2014 said:

June 6th, 8:29 am

Glad to see some cool FTP titles coming to Vita. This definitely looks good. Any info about how the monetization will work?

Elvick_ said:

June 6th, 8:31 am

Will need to see more.

I like the sound of the story though, and I’m sorry about your losses.

How is the story told ingame?

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    Luc Bernard said:

    June 6th, 4:59 pm

    ingame it will be told via cutscenes similar to motion comics

SarshelYam said:

June 6th, 8:35 am

Luc, it should go without saying that I can’t wait to finally put this in action on my PSV. I’ve been waiting a long time for this and I can’t wait to play it in LA! See you next week!

Tirekyll said:

June 6th, 8:41 am

hoping to see this stay F2P, and not be P2W. It’s difficult to set up a balance when it comes to real money, but try to keep this as fair as possible for the players. Thanks!

Looking forward to giving this game a try

Rezolution77 said:

June 6th, 8:46 am

Can’t access the vid.
Not sure what to make of this.

yentair said:

June 6th, 8:56 am

There’s already a fantastic action-RPG called Reaper on Android. I have it on my smartphone. It’s a great game.
Is this a ripoff, or a completely different, separate game? If so, will you be able to keep the name Reaper or will they sue you?
I thought there can be only one? lol

RoII_chan said:

June 6th, 9:00 am

I dont like the free to play formula, but this game looks interesting.

xClayMeow said:

June 6th, 9:21 am

A hack-and-slash platformer is perfect for Vita and I love hybrid CCGs.

My only concern is the multiplayer aspect, as it’s very hard to pull off multiplayer in a F2P CCG without it turning into P2W. Still, as long as the single player is robust, I’ll check it out.

@yentair (11): did you bother to watch the video? I too immediately thought of the Android Reaper game (also on Steam), but this game clearly has nothing to do with that. It’s also extremely hard to trademark a common single word, so he’s probably just fine.

vault2049 said:

June 6th, 9:40 am

Hmmm… Will this be really a PS Vita game? I looks like a PSP game. I’m not even kidding. I know this is an indie title but… come on.

NinjaMicWZ said:

June 6th, 9:49 am

Really interesting art style, and I love 2D action rpgs, so I’ll give it a try. Not exactly a fan of F2P, but Destiny of Spirits has kind of brought me around to the idea for some games.

Onvertic said:

June 6th, 10:29 am

Thats a lovely art style. Also, I remember you where working on a Mecho Warssequel for the vita, is that still in the works?


June 6th, 10:56 am

WoW. A F2P PSVita Exclusive, nice.

shades909 said:

June 6th, 12:25 pm

This look nice.
Now we just need to know how free this game really is.
I don’t mind spending money on F2P games, but when i feel forced to do so, i don’t spend money and just quit.

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    Luc Bernard said:

    June 6th, 4:59 pm

    you will be able to finish the title without spending a cent on it, we are not doing it in a bad way

Matrix_Lion said:

June 6th, 1:28 pm

The Reaper Crew

plaztiksyke said:

June 7th, 5:06 pm

Mecho Wars is one of my favorite PS minis — a really great art style and a quite decent Advance Wars clone. Anyone with a PS3 or Vita would do well to play Mecho Wars.

My only real complaint with Mecho Wars was the story/dialog. Will this game have a more cohesive narrative?

jlil89 said:

June 9th, 6:25 am

I feel obligated to give this game a look. A lot of emotion and care went into this title. Will there be trophies?

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    Luc Bernard said:

    June 10th, 8:52 pm

    of course there will be trophies :)

Spirit19-- said:

June 9th, 12:16 pm

This game looks really fun! I hope it is as fun as it looks. I am glad to see so much love for the Vita recently.

Capshot18 said:

June 9th, 8:33 pm

I remember being excited for this game back when it was first revealed all those years ago, and it’s good to see that it’s still coming out.

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