Chiyomaru Shikura confirmed we can consider this new Steins;Gate project to be a sequel, with Kurisu, Okabe and Daru all appearing in the game.
On October 25, Mages held a live stream and talk show event for the Science Adventure Series, with most notably Mages President Chiyomaru Shikura revealing a Steins;Gate sequel. The event also featured three seiyuu: Asami Imai (Kurisu Makise), Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe), and Tomokazu Seki (Itaru Hashida).
This new Science Adventure Project will be titled Steins; something, the full title will be revealed at a later date. Chiyomaru Shikura revealed the first title for the game he thought up was Steins;God, but decided to drop it, because it’d feel redundant since he uses the words god/kami so much.
Chiyomaru Shikura explained: “Steins;Gate is complete with the original game and Steins;Gate Zero. If we make more, it’ll definitely be redundant. But see how Amadeus Kurisu appears in Anonymous;Code? It’s linked to Steins;Gate in various ways. In the past, we released Chaos;Head, and thanks to everyone’s support, a brand new follow-up titled Chaos;Child. And players evaluated higher the scenario of Chaos;Child compared to Steins;Gate.Steins;Gate sold much more. But it always keep bothering me in my head. So I want to do a Steins;something something. It’s fine to think of it as a sequel to Steins;Gate. But it’s not a Fandisc.”
Chiyomaru Shikura is referencing to the new Anonymous;Code trailer, which reveals Amadeus Kurisu appears in the game. We’ll cover that in a separate article shortly.
Asami Imai brought up how Chaos:Child features different characters than Chaos:Head. Chiyomaru Shikura first joked around like he was telling us an urban legend and how it’s up to us to decide if it’s true or not, if the same characters will appear or not. But then he confirmed he already thought up the plot, and that the three seiyuu present will have their characters in the sequel: Asami Imai (Kurisu Makise), Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe), and Tomokazu Seki (Itaru Hashida/Daru). He also explained he needs a character like Kurisu in this new game because geniuses like her and her knowledge are needed for the game’s scenario to exist.
Chiyomaru Shikura stressed out since the game will be different, it won’t be Steins;Gate, but it’ll still be Steins:something, and you’ll like it if you liked Steins;Gate.
Lastly, Chiyomaru Shikura said it’s a different team working on the Steins Gate sequel than on Anonymous;Code and the newly revealed Steins;Gate Zero Elite, though he’s supervising everything. So the game should properly release once they’re done with these other two games. No platforms of release date estimate for the Steins;Gate sequel were announced for now.
You can watch the Steins;something sequel announcement part of the stream starting the 1:32:00 timestamp linked below. The segment lasts until 1:38:00.
— 株式会社MAGES. (@PR_MAGES) October 25, 2020
Shutage, the abbreviation of Steins;Gate in Japanese, was trending all ady on JP Twitter following the announcement.
In case you don’t already know, fandisc is a term designing shorter games that are sequels to an ADV game (what we call visual novels outside Japan), showing players what happened after the end of the original game. It’s 100% fanservice, geared toward those who liked the original game, hence why they’re called Fandisc. or discs for the fans. It doesn’t mean that they were made by fans. Romance ADV games where the protagonist can end up with different characters often have Fandisc games, containing sequels for each route/ending.
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