Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Visual Novel

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.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

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.


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.


PC News

New Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness screenshots, trailer released

Psycho-Pass (PC, PS4, PS Vita) New Announcement - Screenshot 1

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.


PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs arriving Sept. 20

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 9 (PS Vita)

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is returning later this summer as Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs. Scheduled to launch on September 20, the mixed release will be available digitally and physically for PS4, and digitally for PS3 and PS Vita. The hybrid role-playing game set within a visual novel will once again task players with driving evil spirits out of the city as a ghost hunter. The new version will feature an expanded storyline with additional characters and extra chapters that are estimated to push the play time past the 30-hour mark.


PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Visual novel RPG A.W.: Phoenix Festa launches on PSN for PS Vita

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A.W.: Phoenix Festa, a “simulation action” visual novel title, has gone live on PSN for PS Vita. Set in a world devastated by an apocalyptic event, the Invertia, six academies compete for prominence in the last remaining megacity, Asterisk. Players take on the role of a student, either Ayato or an original character, who must live out the days of a teenager while practicing for the upcoming competition. On their way to one of several endings, players will build relationships and train in combat. The game is based on the Japanese light novel The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water.


PlayStation Vita News

Learn the basics in Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness’ Intro Trailer

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NIS has released a new video for Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, Introduction Trailer. Based off of the anime, the game will feature many of the characters from season one as well as several new ones. The trailer offers a quick overview of the mechanics, the three new characters, and how decisions change the storyline and alter the ending.


PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness headed stateside, LE detailed

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NIS has announced that they will be bringing Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness to North America.The Mages-developed visual novel is in development for PC (Windows and Steam), PS4, and PS Vita, with the console version launching first on September 13. The story follows two new detectives who have been assigned to Tokyo’s MWPSB Criminal Investigation Department Division 1. In 2112, amnesiac, calm-headed inspector Nadeshiko Kugatachi struggles to regain her memories, while her partner, temperamental enforcer Takuma Tsurugi, searches for a childhood friend. The game will also be released as a limited edition with a softcover artbook, a soundtrack, three pencil boards, a themed microfiber cloth, and a collectible box.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Zero Escape 3 officially titled Zero Time Dilemma

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Aksys Games has revealed that the sequel to Spike Chunsoft’s Zero Escape 3 has been officially titled Zero Time Dilemma. As with Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward, players will once again need to navigate a series of puzzles and difficult moral decisions in order to survive a gruesome death and uncover the truth behind their confinement. Series creator Kotaro Uchikoshi is once again heading up development.


3DS, PlayStation Vita News

b2g Studio launches Kickstarter for Unlight Lost Plot visual novel

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b2g Studio has launched a KickStarter campaign to release a new visual novel for Android and iOS, Unlight Lost Plot. b2g will be working with Unlight’s developer Techway to enlist the current fan base of the Facebook card-battle game to create a novel based on some of the characters. The current goal is $20,000, with rewards including a download of the game, dog tags, and a soundtrack CD. Additional characters will be added if stretch goals are reached.


Android, Apple Handheld