Idea Factory Int'l Reveals Western Release of Death end re;Quest Game
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Idea Factory International announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest game. The company will release the game for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in early 2019.
Idea Factory International describes the story:
Arata Mizunashi, a video game programmer, receives a notification from an email sent to him by Shina Ninomiya, a colleague of his who went missing nearly one year ago. Together, they worked to create World's Odyssey (W.O.D.), an immersive virtual landscape powered by breathtaking, state-of-the-art technology. That is, until Shina's sudden disappearance put a swift halt to production. Arata discovers the startling revelation that Shina Ninomiya was stuck inside of "W.O.D." the whole time. When Arata delves hurriedly back into the lines of code haunting his forsaken project, he realizes that his game is now ravaged by an infestation of bugs, and that Shina is its only active player.
Arata soon learns that a nefarious force prevents him from extracting Shina out of the game. Her only way out? She must complete the game to unlock the perfect ending - an outcome with a success rate of 1%. On their journey, they encounter a slew of NPC characters that blur perceptions of humanity and A.I.-technology, setting into motion a thrilling narrative that calls into question the differences between the virtual world and ours.
Little do they know that horrors await them on both sides of the screen...
Idea Factory's release will include Japanese and English audio and English subtitles. The release will have both physical and digital editions.
The game launched in Japan for the PS4 on April 12 after a delay. The game stars Tatsuya Tokutake as Arata Mizunashi and Hisako Tōjō as Shiina Ninomiya.
The game's staff includes scenario-writer Makoto Kedouin (Corpse Party), character designer Kei Nanameda, and monster designers Kia Asamiya (Silent Möbius, Corrector Yui) and Yuji Kaida (Ultraman, Godzilla). Steins;Gate character designer huke provided guest character designs. Junya Ishigaki (The Vision of Escaflowne, Macross Frontier) is credited for "summon bug" design. Gesshoku Kaigi (18if) is credited for the theme song and is also credited for sound alongside Yuki Sugiura. Ichirō Kusaka is listed as "concept adviser."
Source: Email correspondence, IFI Anime Expo panel