Known for his iconic manga/anime franchise, Dragon Ball (and to a lesser extent, Dr Slump), Akira Toriyama’s imaginative storytelling and dynamic art style have captivated audiences worldwide. The creator is also known for putting his penchant for character design to good use on the Dragon Quest video game series. However, fans were surprised when one of Toriyama’s lesser-known manga, Sand Land, was announced to receive a video game adaptation at Summer Game Fest.
Originally serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from May to August 2000, Sand Land is a one-volume manga set in a post-apocalyptic desert world. The story revolves around Beelzebub, a mischievous demon prince, and Sheriff Rao, a stalwart elderly man. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to locate and secure a much-needed water source for their arid land, which has suffered from severe drought.
Coming from Bandai Namco, the game adaptation promises to faithfully recreate the manga’s setting, allowing players to take control of Beelzebub and traverse the barren wastelands while encountering various unique and quirky characters. From desert bandits to eccentric creatures, the world of Sand Land will be brought to life with Toriyama’s signature art style and distinct character designs.
The action RPG will also allow players to unleash their tactical prowess and boundless imagination, as they engineer an arsenal of formidable tanks and other awe-inspiring vehicles. The desolate wilderness is teeming with potential, and with every encounter, Beelzebub’s base of operations will flourish into a bustling city, thanks to the collaborative efforts of newfound allies.
Sand Land is headed to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, but no word yet on release date.