Steins;Gate Visual Novel to Get Official NA Release on March 31st

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Steins;Gate is a popular anime, manga, and even stage play, about a group of friends who have created a way to send messages back in time. With a microwave. But even the simplest messages begin to affect the future in ways they could not predict. Soon they get the attention of a shadowy and nefarious organization called SERN, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the device.

Even though FUNimation licensed and released the anime to English speaking audiences, fans have yet to experience the original visual novel version that started the series way back in 2009.

All of that changes, however, on March 31st when JAST USA releases an official PC version. The game was originally slated for a February 28th release, but was pushed back for unknown reasons.

While the game plays like a standard visual novel, players can choose to affect the future by answering (or ignoring) calls from the future at various points in the story. This creates multiple full-length story arcs which will lead to multiple endings.

The game currently comes in two editions: limited and standard. The limited edition comes with a fancy satin finish box, a user manual, an original fan book, Future Gadget Lab member pins with display box, a free additional download of the game and a hard copy of the game on DVD for $59.95. The standard edition comes only with the physical game.


About Antonin Kořenek

Antonin has been playing video games since before he could read. Once he did, he fell in love with their stories and worlds. He spends most of his gaming time with either story-based or strategy games. As an aspiring novelist, he blames games like Earthbound and Final Fantasy Tactics for getting him started. Antonin graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a degree in English Literature. When not gaming, he can be found reading, obsessing over something on Twitter, or researching strange folklore.