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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Producer Wanted to Develop Game for PS4

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Producer also talks about series' new target demographic

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory game producer Kazumasa Habu revealed in an interview with Famitsu on Thursday that he wanted to develop the game for PlayStation 4.

"This time we're using the PlayStation Vita base and also releasing it on PlayStation 4," Habu said, "But I'm thinking I want to change consoles."

Habu explained that when the staff began work on the new game they wanted to develop it for PlayStation 4 in order to aim for worldwide popularity. However, they had already developed a base for PlayStation Vita, and they wanted to release the game this year to take advantage of the franchise's 20th anniversary. He went on to say that they were concerned for customers who played the last game on PlayStation Vita and would have to switch for the new game.

According to Habu there are no differences between the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 version except for the resolution.

Habu also talked about the target demographic for the Digimon Story games. "When the series first began, the platform was Nintendo DS and we were aiming at Digimon fans who are children," he said, referring to the first Digimon Story game from 2006. "But for the latest installment, Cyber Sleuth, the biggest feature was that we'd shifted to aiming at Digimon fans who have grown up. The fans who were kids at the time [Digimon started] are now college students and working adults and we felt their ideas have changed."

The Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan this year, and will be available in the West in early 2018. The release will feature the original Japanese dub and English and German subtitles. The game will be available physically and digitally for the PS4 and digitally for the PS Vita.

Like the first Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth game, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory will be a "raising RPG" that takes place in the real and digital worlds. The game will tell the story about the "other side of Cyber Sleuth," set in the same setting as the first game, and where at some point Dagomon will appear in Odaiba. There will be more than 320 Digimon that can be raised in the game.

The game features a new protagonist (seen right) who dives into the world of hackers after he is branded a criminal for an incident he has no memory of. His name, which can be changed, is Keisuke Amasawa (Bandai Namco Entertainment also spells his last name as Amazawa).

The new game will share some maps from the previous game, but will add 30 new maps for a total of 90 maps. The game will ship with the original Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth game included, which will be the first time the game will be released on the PS4 in Japan.

Bandai released the original Digimon portable virtual pet toy on June 26, 1997.

Source: Famitsu via Hachima Kikō

Updete: Name reading fixed. Thanks, KH91.

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