Root Film Game Heads West for Switch, PS4
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
PQube and Kadokawa Games announced on Monday that the newly announced Root Film game will get a release in Europe and North America for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
Root Film is Kadokawa Games' sequel to its Root Letter mystery adventure game, and it features a new murder story by Hifumi Kōno. Similar to the first game, Root Film takes place in Shimane prefecture. PQube describes the game:
Root Film is about a TV series, called "Shimane Mystery Drama Project”, which was cancelled for an unknown reason 10 years ago. To reboot the project, three teams consisting of a director and an actress have been cast, including 23 year old Rintaro Yagumo, the main character of the game.
His excitement about this amazing opportunity is quickly curbed, when a horrible murder interrupts their location scouting process. Follow him and a cast of unique and memorable characters by character designer Taro Minaboshi as they are drawn deeper into the thrilling mystery of Root Film.
The game will launch in Japan in spring 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The members of the i☆Ris voice actress idol unit will voice the main characters, and Wataru Komada will voice the male protagonist.
The √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") mystery visual novel shipped in June 2016 in Japan for the PS4 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.
The game inspired a live-action remake game titled √Letter Last Answer, which replaced Tarō Minoboshi's illustrations in the original game with live-action photographs from 90 actors, and replaced the background illustrations based on actual Shimane prefecture locations with photographs of the real-life locations. The game launched for the Switch and PS4 in Europe on August 30 and in North America on September 3. The game also launched on PC via Steam on September 3.
The game is also inspiring a live-action Hollywood film adaptation.
Sources: Press release, PQube's YouTube channel