Live-Action Visual Novel 428: Shibuya Scramble Is Coming West

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Spike Chunsoft announced at their GDC 2017 press conference yesterday that they will be localising the popular live action visual novel 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de, under the name 428: Shibuya Scramble. Originally released by Spike in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii in Japan before being released on other formats, the game will be releasing in the West for PS4 and PC via Steam in spring 2018. There isn’t much else to go on about the localisatio (including whether there will be a physical release), but Spike Chunsoft did release information about the title, which you can read below.

Story

A kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya brings together a hot-blooded detective, hard-hitting journalist, former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer stuck in cat costume for a series of events each more unexpected and outrageous than the last. Can they—or the city itself—make it through the day?

Game Features

  • Real Actors and Locations: 428: Shibuya Scramble uses a mix of still photography and live action footage for a cinematic gaming experience that pulls you on a whirlwind tour of downtown Tokyo.
  • Tangled Fates: An innocent choice by one character can have disastrous consequences for another. Unravel the narrative threads, discover how they tie together and use the JUMP system to move between scenarios as five stories run in parallel.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Sometimes the wrong decision can lead to the right outcome, or at least an amusing game over. With over 50 endings, multiple bonus modes and extra scenarios, there’s more to the city than there seems.

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