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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Visual Novel
Two of Aquaplus’ visual novel and strategy role-playing game hybrids, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, will be arriving in North America later this year. The former is set to be released this spring, while the latter is scheduled to hit outlets later in the year. Mask of Deception follows the amnesiac Haku who is rescued by a young, beastlike girl, Kuon. The duo quickly find themselves battling enemies and making allies as they get caught up in struggles taking place throughout the nation of Yamato. Mask of Deception serves as the conclusion to Mask of Truth, and is said to be over 50 hours long.
NIS has announced that they will be releasing Suda 51’s police procedural visual novel, The Silver Case, on April 21 for PS4. The physical and digital release is also being offered as a limited edition exclusively on NIS’ Online Store. The special version includes a manga, soundtrack, poster, hardcover art book, and collector’s box for $49.99.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.