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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Death end re;Quest's opening movie is lovely

News by Matt S.

For JRPG publishers that operate on a budget, the opening movie is the big opportunity to set the tone and introduce the world to players. Idea Factory has a new title in the works, titled Death End re;Quest, and based on the opening movie, it's something that people should be very excited for.

The game has an interesting premise, too. From the press release:

Arata Mizunashi, a video game programmer, receives a notification from an email sent to him by Shina Ninomiya, a colleague of his who went missing nearly one year ago. Together, they worked to create World’s Odyssey (W.O.D.), an immersive virtual landscape powered by breathtaking, state-of-the-art technology. That is, until Shina's sudden disappearance put a swift halt to production. Arata discovers the startling revelation that Shina Ninomiya was stuck inside of “W.O.D.” the whole time. When Arata delves hurriedly back into the lines of code haunting his forsaken project, he realizes that his game is now ravaged by an infestation of bugs, and that Shina is its only active player.

Arata soon learns that a nefarious force prevents him from extracting Shina out of the game. Her only way out? She must complete the game to unlock the perfect ending—an outcome with a success rate of 1%. On their journey, they encounter a slew of NPC characters that blur perceptions of humanity and A.I.-technology, setting into a motion a thrilling narrative that calls into question the differences between the virtual world and ours.

So it's Idea Factory's take on the Sword Art Online blurring of the digital world and the real; a theme that's actually increasingly pertinent to the real world, so it's not surprising we're starting to see more stories emerge around the theme.

We still don't have a definite release date for this one - "early 2019," But Idea Factory is usually great at getting games out in a timely manner, so I'd expect to look out for this one on the earlier side of "early 2019."

- Matt S. 
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Death end re;Quest's opening movie is lovely
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