The most recent issue of CoroCoro Comic has revealed new details for Level — 5’s upcoming Nintendo Switch JRPG, Yo-Kai Watch 4, the first main series title in the franchise to include multiple playable characters.
These characters include former protagonist Keita (known as Nate Adams in the West), new protagonists Katsume and Shin, and other unrevealed characters from the Yo-Kai Watch: Shadowside anime. Whether this means players will have to manage several different Yo-Kai teams has not yet been revealed.
In addition to being playable, human characters will join the battle to fight alongside their Yo-Kai friends. No other details are known at this time.
However, new story points have been revealed. While the protagonists are from three separate worlds, they will work together to unlock a separate fourth world by using a special key known as the Yo-Kai Ark.
Yo-Kai Watch 4 will be the first title in the franchise to launch on Nintendo Switch. The previous titles, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki launched for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 16, 2016 and December 15, 2016 respectively. Yo-Kai Watch 3 has not yet been confirmed for Western release, but the action RPG spin-off, Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad will launch for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on September 7.
Yo-Kai Watch 4 is slated to launch for Nintendo Switch in Japan sometime in winter 2018.