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Atlus Launches Caligula Effect Game in Europe

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Atlus announced on Tuesday that it released FuRyu's PlayStation Vita game The Caligula Effect (known as Caligula in Japan) in Europe on Tuesday, despite an announcement on the previous day that the game would be delayed.

The game was originally slated to launch on May 2 at the same time as North America, but was delayed to Tuesday, May 9.

The game shipped in North America last week on May 2.

In the story, written by Tadashi Satomi, a virtual idol known as μ performs user-inputted songs and gains self-awareness through exposure to users' bitter feelings and dissatisfaction toward reality. Wanting to save humanity — which she believes is continuously suffering — she lures people to a virtual reality world called Mobius with her songs. She then imprisons them in Mobius, thinking they will be free from the suffering of reality and that all their wishes will come true. The game follows the nine members of the "Going Home Club," a club that was formed because the characters want to escape from Mobius and go home. The game's title refers to the "Caligula Effect," which is a pattern of behavior where one wants to see or do something more if it is denied to them.

The official website describes the game's battle system as an "imaginary chain" system that utilizes combos and the "power of imagination." In a recent press release, Atlus revealed more about the gameplay features. The in-game composer characters are represented by real independent music composers, including 40mP (KagiP), OSTER PROJECT (Sweet P), Polyphonic Branch (Shonen Doll), CyoucyoP (Mirei), Asa (IkeP), 164 (Shadow Knife), and [email protected] (Sone).

The game shipped in Japan for PlayStation Vita on June 23.

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