By Antonin Kořenek / February 17th, 2014
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.
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