Re:ZERO — Starting Life in Another World anime is being developed into a console-quality game. Interestingly, the gameplay will not focus on intense and epic battles, but the story’s hero, Natsuki Subaru, will still have to try and avoid dying repeatedly and skillfully make his way through multiple quests of the heart.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the game is loosely based on author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka’s Re:ZERO light novel series. However, the developers have drawn a singular aspect from the anime: Subaru’s painfully repetitive death and rebirth. For the Re:ZERO — Starting Life in Another World — Death or Kiss game, the makers have come up with an entirely new storyline based on an anime called Another Episode with the Candidates for Next Ruler.
The Inquisitr previously reported on the backstory of the Re:ZERO game and how Subaru gets cursed with the “Fate of Death.” The game is all about helping Subaru shed the dreaded curse. Interestingly, the game also shows and expects Subaru’s altruistic nature, which was revealed in Episode 21 of the anime.
After kissing the Metia, Subaru has no other option than to try and avoid death by securing a kiss from one of the main heroines: Emilia, Ram, Rem, Beatrice, Felt, Priscilla, Anastasia, and Crusch. Subaru learns about the basics of the curse from Beatrice and realizes he must get a kiss. Beatrice explains that a simple kiss won’t work. In order to avoid death and rebirth in an endless loop, Subaru must win an affectionate and passionate peck from one of the fair maidens.
To break the curse and its inevitable fatalistic consequences if he fails, Subaru must first get close to one of the heroines. Interestingly, a few of the side activities in the game are likely to involve Subaru interfering with the tournament in order to ensure there are no winners and consequentially more victims of the curse. Essentially, Subaru has two primary objectives in the Re:ZERO — Starting Life in Another World — Death or Kiss game. One is to lift the dreaded curse so that he no longer “returns by death,” and the other is to make sure others don’t come into contact with the cursed treasure.
The developers claim the key to progressing in the game is the choices Subaru makes in various stages or levels. If he makes a wrong choice, Subaru ends up dead and re-spawns at a pre-defined checkpoint,”only to relive the story and hopefully go on making the right choices until he wins a kiss “from the heart.” In order to ensure access to the cursed royal treasure, Subaru will have to support and back a heroine of his choice. Moreover, he will have to ensure the heroine he backs wins the popularity polls. In the meantime, he will have to also work on his courtship and socializing skills to get emotionally closer to the leading ladies as he helps them win.
Interestingly, instead of the epic and intense battles filled with blood and gore, the battlefields Subaru is expected to prove himself will include a dance floor and swimsuit competition. It is quite likely players will have to ensure Subaru dances like a virtuoso and drapes the girl in bewitching costumes like a professional designer to win the events and get closer to them, with the ultimate goal of winning an affectionate kiss.
The makers even promised that the game will have eight different endings depending on the choices Subaru makes. Needless to say, this aspect significantly boosts the value of the game and allows players to experiment with multiple choices that change the outcome.
Re:Zero — Starting Life in Another World — Death or Kiss is slated for release in Japan on March 23, 2017. The developers confirmed the game is being prepped for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Unfortunately, there’s no confirmation about other platforms, but the makers haven’t denied the possibility.
The standard edition is expected to be priced at $80 (8,100 Yen), while the downloadable version will be slightly cheaper ($75 or 7,560 Yen). Hardcore fans of the Re:ZERO anime can buy the limited edition of the game, which is priced at $111 (11,340 Yen).
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