Loop8: Summer of Gods is a narrative-driven, time-traveling RPG that I’ve had my eye on since its Japanese announcement and expected 2022 launch date; it was later announced for a western release, though no date was attached. Until now! It’s set to be released this June, but the Japanese launch and western launch have slightly different dates.
Described as a coming-of-age adventure, Loop8: Summer of Gods follows Nini and his classmates as they try to defeat demonic entities known as the Kegai. The Kegai have forced humanity to the brink of extinction. Nini was actually raised on a failed space station – Hope – and returns to earth to spend his summer at one of the few remaining human sanctuaries. It’s worth noting that Nini has been gifted with Demon Sight, which is a special connection to the gods that reset the world. With each loop, Nini and his allies will relive one month (the eighth, hence the title) repeatedly until they get it right and finally defeat the Kegai… or are entirely overwhelmed by them.
A new trailer was released, giving prospective players a video tour of Ashihara in August 1983 (the month the game takes place). The location and its residents both hold mysteries to discover.
Physical pre-orders of the game are available now at participating retailers (in Australia, it is only available for the Switch, at EB Games, JB Hi-Fi, and Mighty Ape), and details on digital releases will be made available soon.
Developed by SIEG Games, and published by Marvelous Europe and XSEED Games, Loop8: Summer of Gods will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on June 6 in the west. The game was originally set to be released in Japan on March 16 (console) and March 21 (PC), but that’s been moved much closer to the western date; in Japan, the game will now launch on June 1. (This isn’t the first delay: it was originally set to be released in 2022!)