| 5pb.'s 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child Gets Anime, PS4/PS3/Vita Ports|
MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that an anime adaptation of his Chaos;Child game has been green-lit. He also announced that the adventure game will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita platforms with a Z (18+) age rating on June 25. The game is Shikura's fourth science-adventure game, after Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes; all three previous entries also inspired anime.
Demo versions of Chaos;Child will debut on all three new platforms on March 30. The limited editions of the game's new releases will include a papercraft version of the "Present Box" and a drama CD starring Mio Kunosato.
Chaos;Child first debuted on the Xbox One in 2014. That first version allowed players to hear in-game phone calls via the controller, but the versions on other platforms will change this and other features.
In the psycho-suspense story, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as the "Shibuya Earthquake" kills 3,851 people and injures 30,927 more.
The game is set in a reconstructed Shibuya district in October 2015. A string of mysterious deaths occurs in Shibuya amidst the reconstruction. People begin to take notice as the strange events start on the same day that chaos broke out in Shibuya with a certain incident five years earlier. The events are called the "Return of the New Generation Madness."
|Steins;Gate 0 Follow-Up Game & Anime Announced|
MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up game to the Steins;Gate visual novel, during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is not a fan disc, but a "true sequel," and will include stories from three of the Steins;Gate novels, as well as from some drama CDs. An anime adaptation of Steins;Gate 0 has also been green-lit.
The story of the game and the anime adaptation take place on the beta world line, where Okabe could not save his precious person, Kurisu, on July 28, and ended up returning alone. However, the trailer for the game notes that Okabe does not know that Kurisu is in fact still there.
Chiyomaru Shikura is in charge of planning, and provided the original concept for the game. Tatsuya Matsubara will produce the game, huke will once again provide the character designs, and Takeshi Abe will compose the music. Naotaka Hayashi, Toru Yasumoto, Masashi Takimoto, and Tsukasa Tsuchiya are writing the scenario.
No platform for the game has been announced.
|Steins;Gate Creator's Paranormal Science Novel Occultic;Nine Gets Game|
MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura announced during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday that his "paranormal science" novel series Occultic;Nine is being adapted into a game.
The story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
Shikura began the novel series with illustrations by pako (Rental Magica, Un-Go) last August, and the Overlap Bunko imprint will publish the second volume on April 25.
While Shikura created Occultic;Nine, he emphasized in 2012 that it is not the fourth science-adventure title from 5pb. He did note that the novel can be considered the fourth Chiyomaru Shikura title after Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes. (Shikura eventually announced the fourth science-adventure title, Chaos;Child, in 2013.)
| Steins;Gate Creator Unveils New 'Science Visual Novel' Anonymous;Code|
MAGES. President Chiyomaru Shikura announced a new "science visual novel" titled Anonymous;Code during his live-streamed "New Works Unveiling in TwitCast" on Saturday. The game is unrelated to his science-adventure games (Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;Child).
The game's protagonist is a hacker named Poron Takaoka and the game takes place in Tokyo's Nakano district in the year 2037. According to Shikura, the player can "loop," thanks to the protagonist's ability called "Save & Load." With this ability, he hacks into God to make looping possible. The name of the heroine is Momo Aizaki.
The story begins on February 6, 2036 at 06:28:15, when an important place in Tokyo is destroyed. This happens due to a problem in 2036 when computers went on a rampage.
Because an even bigger problem is predicted to occur in 2038, the super computer Gaia creates another Earth using its Earth simulation program. That simulated Earth confirms what would happen in 2038. However, even though no humans were born in that simulation at first, when an Arecibo message was sent to the Earth simulation, humanity came into existence.
Although the researchers were overjoyed, the people within the Earth simulator also create a super computer of their own, and an Earth simulator now exists inside the Earth simulator. The researchers now question their own existence.
| Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious Expansion Available for Free for a Limited Time |
The latest Forza experience has arrived! Starting today you can download Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. The standalone expansion doesn’t require any previous Forza game to play – you simply find it in the Xbox Store, download it, and you’re off to explore the amazing cars and action-packed challenges that make Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious such a one-of-a-kind experience. Best of all, this standalone expansion is available for FREE until April 10. So get in on the action now at no additional cost!
In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, you’re recruited by the Fast & Furious’ Tej Parker (voiced in the game by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges) to help him acquire ten special cars for his Fast & Furious crew – the same cars you see in the film Furious 7. Your goal is to acquire each of these cars by taking part in a series of automotive challenges inspired by the Fast & Furious films. From the 900-hp 1970 Dodge Charger to an armored 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and more, each of the cars in the Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious standalone expansion is both stunningly accurate and amazingly fun to drive.