Kadokawa Games’ Root Film IP has been announced to launch in Japan on April 2020 on Nintendo Switch and PS4.
Root Film‘s director and writer is Hifumi Kouno, with character design by Taro Mino. The mystery adventure game features a story involving dual protagonists, video tricks, unexpected plot twists, “innovative” CG, and more. While not directly related to its predecessor Root Letter, the new game is once again set in Shimane Prefecture. This time around, players assume the role of 23-year-old Rintaro Yagumo. He is a filmmaker hired for the reboot of a TV series called “Shimane Mystery Drama Project,” which was “cancelled for an unknown reason 10 years ago.” Rintaro’s “excitement about this amazing opportunity is quickly curbed when a horrible murder interrupts their location scouting process.” Now the young man and his crew must search for clues in an attempt to unravel a “thrilling mystery” that may just cast some doubt on “the real purpose of this film project.”
What’s Root Film’s gameplay like?
Much like it’s prequel, Root Film is to be a hand-painted visual novel-style adventure. But with much more to the experience than simply reading and making decisions. The gameplay will include a “multitude of interactive elements.” These include elements such as Intuition, a mechanic that “allows players to acquire keywords during conversations.” Also, Zapping which is another puzzle-solving element that “reveals the perspective of two characters at the same time.” When you’ve collected enough evidence to confront someone, you will also be able to enter into Max Mode, a “fighting-game-like face-off” in which you must “choose the correct conversation options from a selection screen.”
Root Film will also have a European and North American release but it has yet to receive a release date. Root Letter launched in June 2016, then there was around a four to five month delay in its western release. It then showed up in Europe in October 2016 and North America in November 2016. With Root Letter: Last Answer, there was around an eight month delay. This was between the game’s December 2018 Japanese launch and August 30, 2019 European and September 3, 2019 North American launches. So, we can expect Root Film to have it’s western release sometime in 2020 as well.
Root Film will launch for PlayStation 4 and Switch on April 23, 2020 in Japan for 6,800 yen. Kadokawa Games also announced plans to open its own online store, Kadoge Store, on December 26. Pre-orders will open on December 25.
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