Root Letter Last Answer Live-Action Project is New Version of Game
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for Kadokawa Games' √Letter game revealed more details about the √Letter Last Answer live-action project on Friday. The project will be a re-release of the game slated for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch on December 20, with an alternative live-action "Drama Mode" and four new "Explanation" scenarios.
The game's new "Drama Mode" replaces the Tarō Minoboshi's illustrations in the original game with live-action photographs from 90 actors, and the background illustrations based on actual Shimane prefecture locations have also been replaced with photographs of the real-life locations. Players can switch between the original illustrations and the "Drama Mode" photographs.
The live-action cast includes:
- Ako Yamamoto as Aya Fumino
- Moa Tsukino as Yukari Ishihara
- Saki Miyamoto as Misaki Murakami
- Arisa Noto as Rika Sasaki
- Hideyuki Natsukawa as Jun Ōmori
- Yoshiaki Tanabe as Shōta Nozu
- Hiroshi Nagasawa as Shōya Watanabe
- Kai Yamazaki as Kōsuke Tanaka
The "Explanation" scenarios show the events after each of the game's four main endings, and can also be played with illustrations or live-action photographs.
The game also includes new functionality and user interface improvements.
In addition to the live-action project, a √Letter 2 project is in development.
The √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") mystery visual novel shipped in June 2016 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Rice Digital and PQube released the game in Europe in October 2016, and in North America in November 2016. Kadokawa Games released the game on PC via Steam in July 2017 and for iOS and Android in August 2017.
PQube describes the game:
Taking place in Shimane, one of Japan's most beautiful prefectures, Root Letter is centered around an investigation into missing pen friend, Fumino Aya, 15 years after she allegedly murdered someone and ran away.
The story is told through the old letters she wrote to you in high school, along with you own investigation, as you probe for clues and witnesses from her old hometown.
What happened 15 years ago? Who was your pen friend? What do her friends know? Did she even exist?
The game is the first in Kadokawa Games' newly established Kadokawa Game Mystery line. The game line features a number of recurring "actress" characters called Mystery Actresses, who will "play" different roles in each game.
The game stars:
- "Mystery Actress" Aya (voiced by Noriko Hidaka) as Aya Fumino
- Kikuko Inoue as Yukari Ishihara
- Keisuke Koumoto as Jun Ōmori
- Hyo-sei as Misaki Murakami
- Kazuhiro Sunseki as Shōta Nozu
- Hiroshi Iwasaki as Kōsuke Tanaka (a.k.a Glasses)
- Shusaku Shirakawa as Shōya Watanabe
- Yumi Touma as Rika Sasaki
LovePlus character designer Tarō Minoboshi planned and designed the characters. Dario Fuji handled the scenario, while Takashi Nitta composed the music. Yoshimi Yasuda produced the game, and Zin Hasegawa directed the game.