The Caligula Effect Will Be Out In the Americas and Europe On May 2

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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ATLUS USA has announced the release date for The Caligula Effect, known in Japan as just Caligula, from Atlus and FuRyu Corporation. It will be a digital only title, and have Japanese-only audio. Here’s some details on the game from Atlus’s press release:

Players will follow the exploits of the Go-Home Club, a tight-knit group of Kishimai High School students who’ve discovered that their lives are nothing more than a virtual charade. They’ve come to realize that the world their living in is actually Mobius, a virtual reality construct created and ruled by an omnipotent virtual idol known as μ (pronounced myoo). This ragtag group of students must encounter crazed students known as Digiheads, battle malevolent musicians, confront the almighty μ, and face their deepest inner-traumas before tasting the sweet nectar of freedom.
  • A human story set in a virtual world – Experience a dark story as the Go-Home Club does whatever it takes to escape the digital prison known as Mobius. The crew must defeat a group of evil music producers (known as the Ostinato Musicians) who have been working with μ, and come face-to-face with their own black secrets/desires. Written by Persona series veteran Tadashi Satomi (Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment), players will fight towards freedom as they examine the ugly psychological issues that plague the various characters in the game.
  • Multiple relationships to nurture – There are 500+ NPCs to recruit into the party to be used in combat. Each has a preassigned class (such as offense, support, etc…) and have a unique background story that’ll slowly be uncovered by completing various quests. Oh, but there’s only 4 characters in a party, so choose your teammates wisely!
  • A strategic battle system – The game features a unique battle system called “Imaginary Chain” that makes encounters an exercise in planning. Once enemies are encountered, players will seamlessly transition into battles where they can choose from 100+ skills to unleash on their enemies. While choosing skills, players can adjust timing and see a simulated preview of their attack before committing to it. Maximize damage by creating deadly attack chains between party members and don’t let enemies catch their breath!
  • Music by celebrated producers – It’s only fitting that a game about fighting musicians features original songs by celebrated Japanese producers such as OSTER project, 40mP, 164, cosMo@Bousou-P, and more!

Pricing for The Caligula Effect has yet to be announced, but we have the announcement trailer and some screenshots for you to enjoy below.

Source: Press Release

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  • Ryan M

    Is this game coming out on PS3, PS4 or PS Vita? There is no mention where it will be released,

    • Panpopo

      It’s going to be a PS Vita only release. Digital only.

  • Mr0303

    The concept is pretty cool, but the art direction is a bit off putting – too much pink for my taste. Shame that it’s digital only.

  • DOUGHNUTS ARE AMAZING

    No physical no buy.

  • Lazeegai

    Oh this was another surprise. Never thought it was going to get a Western release. Probably get this too when it comes out.

  • MusouTensei

    Really wish it wasn’t digital only, wtf Altus?