NIS America to Release Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness for PS4/PS Vita in the West
posted on by Karen Ressler
NIS America announced on Monday that it will release Mages and 5pb.'s Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this fall. The company will not release the game on Xbox One.
The game will be available both physically and digitally. It will have the Japanese voice track with English subtitles.
The trailer features the Steam logo, but NIS America has not confirmed a PC release.
The game launched in Japan for Xbox One in Japan on May 28. The PS4 and PS Vita ports are slated for this spring in Japan. 5pb. announced last July that it would launch the Xbox One game in Hong Kong with both English and Chinese subtitles.
Nitroplus created an original story for the game with Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) providing the original plan and scenario supervision. The game is set within the timeframe of the first six episodes of the first television anime season. However, it shifts the setting from downtown to an isolated island.
One new male and female character each serve as the two protagonists who face off against a new enemy. Characters from the Unit 1 police team of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division return for the game. The anime's Kyoji Asano (Attack on Titan, Tokyo Marble Chocolate) also returned to design characters based on Reborn! creator Akira Amano's original designs.
In the Xbox One release, the game captures players' true movements by utilizing the Kinect peripheral and SmartGlass feature. However, players can still play the game without Kinect and SmartGlass. The title allows players to send data from their smartphones to characters in the game, and this feature will also be supported on the PlayStation 4 version, but not the PS Vita version.
The original anime premiered on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block in 2012. Funimation streamed the 22-episode series as it aired, and then added home video rights in 2013. The Psycho-Pass 2 television anime series debuted in 2014, followed by the Psycho-Pass movie. Funimation will release the film in theaters this March.