Chiyomaru Shikura, the head of Japanese publisher 5pb.’s head company Mages inc., has announced on their TwitCasting live stream that a new official sequel to their popular visual novel is currently in production. The VN will be titled Steins;Gate 0, and an anime adaptation has already been green-lit.
Steins;Gate 0 will be an official sequel to the original game, but will not be an entirely new concept. It will be based on all the material released after the game, including the three novels and the various drama CDs. The first synopsis of the new game has also been revealed:
The story of the game and the anime adaptation take 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:
The first promotional video for Steins;Gate 0 has also been revealed:
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)
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 suppose to release last year, but was cancelled within a month of release.
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…
No platforms have been revealed so far for Steins;Gate 0. Further information about the visual novel and anime will be revealed soon.
You can visit the game’s website here: http://steinsgate.jp/zero/