The name is unpronounceable, but don’t let that put you off hotL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, because this PlayStation Vita exclusive is looking breathtaking.
The story of Mion, a young girl with no idea of her identity and on a quest for understanding with the assistance of a light and a dark fairy, is shaping up to be something special indeed. A melancholic tone seeps through the art aesthetic, suggesting to us that we should expect something that is oddly charming but ultimately downbeat, a little like last year’s Murasaki Baby. The game’s publisher, NISA, is understandably being tight-lipped about the game’s plot, since unravelling the mystery of what’s going on is the key concept of the game, but there’s a brief summary of what to expect below:
In the depths of a labyrinthine ruin, a young girl named Mion rises from a deep sleep. Lost, alone, and with no memory of how she got here or where her parents are, she is greeted by two fireflies—one composed entirely of light, and another who lurks among the shadows. By shifting between a world of light and a world of shadows, these two fireflies must work together to recover Mion’s memories and lead her out of the ruins, where voracious shadow beasts, ancient machines, and treacherous traps lie in wait to bar her path. But what secrets do Mion’s lost memories contain? What is the connection between her, the ruins, and the fireflies lighting her escape? The answers may reveal a deeper darkness—one that must be faced from within…
There are some new screenshots below, too. The game releases in America on February 24, and Europe on the 25th. Sadly, while there are limited physical quantities of the game for US customers, for the rest of us this is going to be one of the rare NISA games that is a digital-only release.
– Matt S.
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