KOEI TECMO DETAILS CHARACTER BOND SYSTEM AND EXTENSIVE SIMULATION ELEMENTS FOR UPCOMING JRPG BLUE REFLECTION
Spend Time with Friends, Join After-School Clubs, Or Just Kick Back After A Hard Day Of Battling Demons In A Parallel Dimension
Today KOEI TECMO Europe shared further information on how character relationships can affect the course of the narrative in GUST studio’s upcoming title, Blue Reflection, slated for release on the 29th September 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam®.
With the player embedded in the role of high-school student-turned-magical-Reflector, Hinako Shirai, Blue Reflection combines impressive battles with extensive simulation elements; including making new friends or hanging out with old ones, surfing the school’s online social network, joining after-school clubs, or spending some much-needed alone time!
Relationships are a key part of the game, and the closer Hinako gets with her friends the stronger their Bond becomes. This is extremely important, as Hinako will have to rely on their support when she fights the devastating Sephira. These friendships can be cultivated further via individual Bond Episodes, which take place on the school premises after class ends, or Date Events, which occur in locations such as the movie theatre, the culture festival, the general store etc., each of which represent a particular character’s unique and quirky personality. Socialising in this way will open up a selection of options for Hinako, including Essential Missions, which progress the narrative; Important Missions, which focus on character interaction; and Common Exploration. Successfully completing a mission forges a stronger link with particular characters, and grants experience which unlocks powerful new abilities.
Outside of personal contact, players can also choose to return home and relax before another challenging day. There, they can spend time around the house and learn more about Hinako’s past, as well as browse in the popular FreeSpace! App, an indispensable tool for connecting with friends and planning activities which has become commonplace at Hoshinomiya Girl’s School.
To showcase the deep character interaction systems introduced in today’s announcement, a gripping new trailer, screenshots and artwork have been released alongside images for a handful of Hinako’s classmates: the young tennis player Rin Sanada, the meddlesome, yet ditsy, Kei Narimiya, the pianist Fumio Taya, the free-spirited Kaori Mitsui, and the track team member Rika Yoshimura.
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