European based video game distributor and publisher PQubes have announced that they will be localising the acclaimed visual novel Steins;Gate by 5pb. and Nitro+ and releasing it on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 in North America and European regions in 2015.
— PQube (@PQubeGames) December 16, 2014
The game itself was officially launched in English on PC in North America this year, being published and translated by JAST USA whilst retaining the original Japanese voices. Here was the release trailer for the game:
The series of science adventure games is a collaboration between developers Nito+ and 5pb. The games play out similarly to modern visual novels but notably with the usage of the main character’s device casually known as a trigger. All games focus heavily on scientific methods and theories and are incorporated into the game. The first game in the series was Chaos;Head, which released in 2008 for the PC. The next game, Steins;Gate released in 2009 and finally followed by Robotics;Notes in 2012. Steins;Gate originally released on the Xbox 360 before being ported to the PC, and all current generations, at the time, of consoles in Japan. An anime adaptation of the game was produced in 2011 that was directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki (Terraformars, Blade & Soul) and Takuya Satou (Selector Infected Wixoss, Ichigo Mashimaro) and produced by White Fox (Katanagatari, Jormungand). A sequel film to the anime was produced in 2013 and featured an original story. A sequel light novel titled Steins;Gate The Committee of Antimatter was also produced this year.
Here is the synopsis of the Steins;Gate anime from MAL:
The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the “Future Gadget Research Laboratory,” and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry, the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what’s more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences—consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle…
The Steins;Gate visual novel will be releasing on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita sometime in 2015, courtesy of PQube. There has been no further information revealed about the release, including whether it will include Japanese voices or not. More information will be revealed soon.