Following the release of the alternate 23rd episode of the Steins;Gate anime, a short teaser scene was shown for the upcoming Steins;Gate 0 visual novel and anime adaptation. The episode itself aired on Niconico earlier today, Steins;Gate Episode 23 (β), at 1:35am JST. Steins;Gate 0 will be an official sequel to the original game and anime, but will not be an entirely new concept and story. It will be based on all the material released after the game, including the three novels and the various drama CDs. The sequel itself will feature the Beta timeline.
Steins;Gate 0 will be release on the PS3, PS4 and Vita in Japan on December 10.
The first synopsis of the new game has also been revealed (highlight to read):
The story of the game takes place on the beta world line, where Okabe could not save his precious person, Kurisu, on July 28, and ended up returning alone. However, the trailer for the game notes that Okabe does not know that Kurisu is in fact still there.
The first images for the new designs of the characters have also been revealed, which includes the characters from the novels:
Here is the game’s latest trailer:
And its previous trailer:
The main staff of the VN were also revealed:
- Planning and Creator: Chiyomaru Shikura (Robotics;Notes, Chaos:Head)
- Producer: Matsubara Tatsuya (Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes Scenario Supervisor)
- Character Designer: huke (Steins;Gate, Black★Rock Shooter)
- Scenario Writers: Hayashi Naotaka (Steins;Gate: Soumei Eichi no Cognitive Computing), Toru Yasumoto (Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu), Takimoto Masashi (Steins;Gate: Heiji Kyokusen no Epigraph), Tsukasa Tsuchiya (Last Magica no Dualism)
- Music Composer: Takeshi Abo (Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head)
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…
You can visit the game’s website here: http://steinsgate.jp/zero/
And the anime’s Niconico channel here: http://ch.nicovideo.jp/ch60001