Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Visual Novel

Zero Escape 3 officially titled Zero Time Dilemma

Zero Time Dilemma (3DS, PS Vita) Name and Date Announcement - Art 1 (Header)

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.

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3DS, PlayStation Vita News

b2g Studio launches Kickstarter for Unlight Lost Plot visual novel

Unlight Lost Plot (Android, iOS) Kickstarter Announcement - Header

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.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Zero Escape Volume 3 announced for 3DS, PS Vita

Zero Escape  Zero Time Dilemma (3DS, PS Vita) Announcement - Header

Over the weekend, Aksys announced that they will be bringing over the follow-up to Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Zero Escape Volume 3, to 3DS and PS Vita next summer. As with its predecessors, including series originator 999, players must make their way through a trap-filled labyrinth by solving puzzles alongside other prisoners. The visual novel-theme will return along with multiple endings, voiced cinematics, and dual voice-over support.

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3DS, PlayStation Vita News

Get the traps! Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters released for PS3, PS Vita

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1 (PS3)

Aksys has released a new hybrid visual novel and strategy role-playing game for PS3 and PS Vita, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters. Up for download on PSN and en route to store shelves, Aksys’ latest has players take on the role of a new student at Kurenai Academy who suddenly finds themselves helping to protect Tokyo from evil spirits as a ghost hunter. Players must undertake 13 missions, planning their strategy and laying traps beforehand, and communicate with other characters to forge relationships that impact the storyline.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

(PS Vita Review) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

(PS Vita Review) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

“… a surreal, charming, and at times trying adventure, and it’s one that every PS Vita owner should contemplate adding to their library.”

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PS Vita Reviews

A bit of it all in new Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) Mid-August Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released another round of screenshots from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The latest set features a little of everything, with shots of dialog, trial mini-games, the rantings of the murderous bear-judge Monokuma, and the saccharine-soaked stuffed rabbit who serves as the students’ teacher, Usami.

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PlayStation Vita News

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens show new trial elements

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) August Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

New Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screenshots showcase several new gameplay elements. Hangman’s Gambit, which was in the original, is being revamped for the sequel with linked words becoming increasingly unstable and potentially explosive if not used. Rebuttal Showdown now allows the other characters to interrupt the player’s arguments in one-on-one debates, and an entirely new trial addition, Logic Dive has the player skateboarding through a glowing path as they attempt to stay on the right path during their argument.

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PlayStation Vita News

Characters chat it up in new Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair shots

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) July Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released another set of screenshots from their upcoming investigative visual novel Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. A new cast of characters are being tasked with finding out who amongst them is a murderer before they themselves are found—going by the first game—beat, burned, stabbed, or impaled. The latest shots show some of the conversations that players will be having with their ‘ultimate’ classmates.

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PlayStation Vita News

Aksys to bring Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters to North America

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Aksys took some time out of Anime Expo 2014 to reveal that they’ve secured the North American publishing rights to Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters. The visual novel follows a transfer student to Kurenai High School who joins two ghost hunters after they save him from an evil spirit he encounters while wandering the campus. The game is said to have “a strategic role-playing element” that will involve players outsmarting ghosts by clever use of special ghost-hunting items. A release date was not announced.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

XBlaze Code: Embryo on PSN, ships to stores for PS3 and PS Vita

XBlaze Code Embryo (PS3, PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Aksys has shipped XBlaze Code: Embryo, a visual novel set in the BlazBlue universe, for the PS3 and PS Vita. Set 150 years before the events of BlazBlue, XBlaze follows high school student Touya Kagari as he battles wizards, psychos, and secret groups for control of the power behind creation. Players will guide Touya to one of several different endings by their choice of what information he collects. Curious gamers can try before they buy with a new demo, also on PSN.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News