By Justin Guillou / March 23rd, 2018
At GDC, Spike Chunsoft have announced that they will be handling the western release of STEINS;GATE Elite, a remake of the original STEINS;GATE visual novel using animated scenes from the anime as opposed to the artwork seen in the original release. Even better this will be released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam. For more information on STEINS;GATE Elite you can read the official announcement for the game below:
Spike Chunsoft, Inc. is excited to debut STEINS;GATE ELITE, its first visual novel adventure from their MAGES. Inc. partnership for the West, which will be available on the PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch™, and Steam®! Preorders are now available at your local retailer, and the game will be released physically and digitally in 2018.
An HD remake of STEINS;GATE PHENOGRAM, a collection of 10 additional stories written by renowned writers including the Zero Escape series scenario writer, Mr. Kotaro Uchikoshi, will be available for the PS4 version. For the Nintendo Switch version, STEINS;GATE 8-bit, a special 8-bit graphics and chiptune version of the game developed by series creator Mr. Chiyomaru Shikura, will be available. Details on how to obtain the DLC are coming soon.
Tune in to Spike Chunsoft’s twitch stream tonight, March 23, at 5:00PM PST on twitch.tv/spike_chunsoft for a special feature on STEINS;GATE ELITE and the chance to win prizes!
About STEINS;GATE ELITE
Now, as STEINS;GATE ELITE, the game is fully remastered with animated scenes from the anime, creating a perfectly new, immersive experience. follows a rag-tag band of tech-savvy young students who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments in pushing the boundaries of time begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, who claims to be from a dystopian future.
•Fully Animated Adventure – Indulge in all the beautiful animation from 24 episodes of the STEINS;GATE anime.
•A New Way to Time Leap – Experience the world of STEINS;GATE with this remastered, ultimate version that features newly animated sequences for certain endings.
•Branching Storylines – Every choice you make has its own consequence, shifting the world line closer or farther from reaching 1% divergence, providing a multitude of animated endings.
SOURCE: Press Release
Additionally, Quentin has also interviewed Yoko Marron the Executive Director of Content at Spike Chunsoft and he had some very interesting things to say about this release in particular with regards to the animated scenes being pulled from the anime. This interview is not yet out but we will give you a quick sneak peek:
Yoko Marron, Executive Director of Content and Product
Operation Rainfall: “Just in general – What is Steins;gate Elite?”
Yoko Marron [Excutive Director of Content and Product]: “Steins;Gate Elite is a remastered version of the original game Steins;Gate, but it is remastered with fully animated scenes that uses animation from the twenty-four episodes [of the] anime series, as well as newly-created scenes -fully animated scenes- that were not in the anime series.”
OR: “So just to clarify – Some of the original character paths that were not in the original anime that were exclusive to the original Steins;Gate game have now been animated fully for this release?”
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