JAST USA Licenses Steins;Gate Visual Novel in N. America
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
5pb. and Nitroplus' Steins;Gate game is the second "scientific adventure game" from the two companies, who also created Chaos;HEAd and Robotics;Notes. The artist huke (Black Rock Shooter) designed the characters. The story of the original game revolves around the eccentric college student Rintarō "Okarin" Okabe and his "Mirai Gadget Kenkyūsho" ("Future Gadget Laboratory") circle of friends in a realistic version of Tokyo's Akihabara district. The friends turn a microwave oven into a machine that sends email messages to the past, and that attracts the attention of a mysterious organization called SERN.
The game originally shipped for the Xbox 360 console in October 2009, and a Windows port shipped in August 2010. The game has also been ported to the PSP, PS3, PS Vita, and iOS.
The game inspired a 24-episode television anime series in 2011, a one-episode special that was included with the home video release, and most recently the Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu film, which opened in Japan in April. Funimation released the television anime series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc last year.
JAST USA announced that it will release the following PC games: Little Witch Romanesque, Shiny Days, Lightning Warrior Raidy III, and the My Girlfriend is the President fan disc. The company also announced it will release two titles from Code Pink: Sweet Home and Sumeragi Ryōko no Bitch na Ichinichi.
Update: JAST USA confirmed that Steins;Gate will have the original voices.