5pb.’s science-adventure series is one that has been going strong for quite some time now overseas. In fact, it has become such a booming franchise that the first game, Steins;Gate, was finally released in the US just earlier this year. Fans who have played the visual novels, or follow the anime, know that it’s a wacky tale filled with likable characters and interesting narrative devices that, for the most part, steer clear of the usual eye-rolling anime tropes. Nevertheless, the fourth installment in the series, Chaos;Child, was announced for Xbox One a few months ago, surprising some but seeming par for the course to those of us who know how Microsoft console’s have become the console of choice for niche, Japanese genres such as visual novels and SHMUPs.
According to an announcement from 5pb themselves, Chaos;Child will launch for Xbox One on November 27 in Japan. Standard and limited editions of the game were also revealed ($78 and $98, respectively), in addition to the voice cast. The names will be familiar to some folks who have followed various anime; if not, we’ve gone ahead and put some of their more notable work in parentheses.
- Takuru Miyashiro – voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online)
- Serika Onoe – voiced by Sumire Uesaka (Girls und Panzer)
- Hinae Arimura – voiced by Suzuko Mimori (Love Live!)
- Nono Kurusu – voiced by Sarah Emi Bridcutt (Date a Live II)
- Mio Kunosato – voiced by Risa Taneda (Tenkai Knights)
- Uki Yamazoe – voiced by Inori Minase (Robot Girls Z)
- Hana Kazuki – voiced by Sayaka Nakaya (Former AKB48 idol)
So, in case you weren’t aware, that’s a pretty star-studded cast. All the same, the reason we’re even posting this isn’t just because of our affinity for the game/series, but rather the fact that it was recently reported by Microsoft bigwig Phil Spencer that most of the initial games launching for the Xbox One in Japan will be localized. That being said, the list of exclusive Japanese titles is relatively small at this point: Azito, Psycho-Pass, Mystereet F: The Detectives’ Curtain Call, Qute’s Natsuki Chronicle, Triangle Service’s shoot-’em-up compilation Shooting Love Trilogy and Moss’ new, forthcoming Raiden entry are the ones we know of at this point. And while some of those games are far more likely to be localized than Chaos;Child, we’re not ruling out that we’ll see the visual novel here at some point, since the PC title was indeed brought to the States.
In the meantime, go ahead and check out the trailer for the Xbox One’s version of Chaos;Child below.