Promising to return the series to its roots, you can either choose to play through Story Mode as a new protagonist or face off against Inazuma Eleven’s past in Chronicle Mode.
The Story Mode revolves around Unmei Sasanami – “a boy who yearns for a world without soccer” – and Haru Endo – “a soccer monster who stands atop of the world” – whose encounter marks the start of a magnificent tale.
In what is pitched as “an underdog story about overcoming hardships, growth and challenging the very strongest,” thanks to the friends that Unmei makes at Nagumohara Junior High he is able to regain his passion for soccer and work together to revive its neglected soccer club.
Whereas the Chronicle Mode has more than 4,500 characters from the series’ past, where, aboard the Inazuma V Caravan, you will be able to travel through time to observe all of Inazuma history. You will journey along the Chronicle Competition Routes to battle against teams of the past in Inazuma History Town, where winning matches will reward you with the characters’ Bond Stars. These can then be used to unlock new characters in the Player’s Universe, after which they will appear in Bond Alley where, after meeting the requirements of the Bond Network, they will become your ally.
The publisher has teamed up with MAPPA to produce the game’s in-game cutscenes and other animations, promising “more hours of full-blown animation than ever, elevating the story, and making it even more dramatic and enjoyable.”
Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road will release at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2023.