Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Visual Novel

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload dated, to be released next March

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NIS has revealed that Danganronpa 1&2 Reload will be available on March 14. The PS4 collection bundles both of the PS Vita visual novels Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The official site has also gone live.

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PlayStation 4 News

Aksys to bring Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ stateside in 2017

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Idea Factory’s visual novel Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ will be coming to North America next spring for PS Vita. Aksys Games has taken on publishing duties, and is currently localizing the title. After the disappearance of their brother, players begin their search for clues by joining an online role-playing game called Arcadia. Players quickly find themselves caught in the virtual world with their only hope of escape being to beat the game. The 30-plus-hour story will feature branching paths that lead to multiple endings.

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PlayStation Vita News

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games launching spring ’17 for PS4, PS Vita

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A new bundle is in the works for Spike Chunsoft’s Zero Escape visual novel series. Aksys Games will be releasing a two-game set next spring for PS4 and PS Vita, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) will be included along with its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, with the former being updated with remastered graphics and a dual audio track with English and Japanese. The adventure-style puzzler has players attempting to navigate their way through trap-filled environments as they attempt to solve the Nonary Game alongside a group of strangers.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

NIS bringing Suda51’s debut visual novel The Silver Case to PS4

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NIS has teamed up with Grasshopper Manufacture and Active to release the visual novel The Silver Case for PS4. Suda51’s debut title follows the detectives of the 24 Wards Heinous Crimes Unit’s Republic squad as they track down a mysterious serial killer, the legendary assassin Kamui Uehara. The first-person thriller is receiving the HD treatment for its console debut, and is set to launch digitally and physically in early 2017.

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PlayStation 4 News

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload announced for PS4, to be released early 2017

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Danganronpa will be returning next year with Danganronpa 1•2 Reload for PS4. The bundle will include the visual novels Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, previously exclusive to PS Vita. In both games, players must survive the maniacal machinations of a killer bear, Monokuma, as they attempt to find who among their fellow students is a murderer, before they become a victim. A collector’s edition was also announced with a 40-page hardcover art book, two-disc soundtrack (16 tracks on disc 1, 11 on disc 2), Monokuma sunglasses and coin, a sticker, and a collector’s box.

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PlayStation 4 News

(PC Review) Steins;Gate

(PC Review) Steins;Gate

“… undoubtedly an enjoyable ride.”

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PC Reviews

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness out for PS4, PS Vita, PC early ’17

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The game adaptation of popular anime Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness has been released for PS4 and PS Vita. Set in a dystopian future, players follow agents of Division 1 as they set out to investigate cases involving potential criminals. In an era of over-quantification, everything can be studied and recorded, including one’s likelihood to break the law. Those with high Crime Coefficients are deemed dangerous, but in following up leads, the Inspectors require the help of high-risk Enforcers, fellow agents who themselves have high Crime Coefficients.

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Time-jumping visual novel Steins;Gate out for Windows PC

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Mages has released Steins;Gate for PC. The adventure-style visual novel takes place in 2010, with players following a scientist in Akihabara who learns how to send email to the past. The sci-fi story intertwines plots that lead to multiple endings, depending on the choices made, and is said to include an estimated 30 to 50 hours of reading material.

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PC News

Steins;Gate headed to Steam next month for Windows PC

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The sci-fi-themed visual novel Steins;Gate will be available for PC on September 8. The series, available for PlayStation 3 and Vita, will be making its PC debut on Steam, courtesy of Mages. The story, set in the summer of 2010, takes place in Akihabara as a scientist learns that he can email the past. The nonlinear plot consists of an estimated 30 to 50 hours of material to read, as storylines intertwine and endings change depending on the player’s decisions. The PC version will support Steam achievements and trading cards.

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PC News

New Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness screenshots, trailer released

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NIS has released a new trailer for the upcoming game adaptation of Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness. The video introduces the anime’s dystopian world, which players will get an additional look at whenever they purchase the game, as all versions will come with the first two episodes (subtitled) of the first season through PSN. A handful of translated images have also been released, offering a first look at the game in English.

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