KOEI TECMO America has shared further information on how character relationships can affect the course of the narrative in GUST studio’s upcoming title, Blue Reflection, slated for release on September 26, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam.
With the player embedded in the role of high-school student-turned-magical-Reflector, Hinako Shirai, Blue Reflection combines impressive battles with extensive simulation elements; including making new friends or hanging out with old ones, surfing the school’s online social network, joining after-school clubs, or spending some much-needed alone time!
Relationships are a key part of the game, and the closer Hinako gets with her friends the stronger their Bond becomes. This is extremely important, as Hinako will have to rely on their support when she fights the devastating Sephira. These friendships can be cultivated further via individual Bond Episodes, which take place on the school premises after class ends, or Date Events, which occur in locations such as the movie theatre, the culture festival, the general store etc., each of which represent a particular character’s unique and quirky personality. Socializing in this way will open up a selection of options for Hinako, including Essential Missions, which progress the narrative; Important Missions, which focus on character interaction; and Common Exploration. Successfully completing a mission forges a stronger link with particular characters, and grants experience which unlocks powerful new abilities.
Outside of personal contact, players can also choose to return home and relax before another challenging day. There, they can spend time around the house and learn more about Hinako’s past, as well as browse in the popular FreeSpace! App, an indispensable tool for connecting with friends and planning activities which has become commonplace at Hoshinomiya Girl’s School.
To showcase the deep character interaction systems introduced in today’s announcement, new screenshots and artwork have been released alongside images for a handful of Hinako’s classmates: the young tennis player Rin Sanada, the meddlesome, yet ditsy, Kei Narimiya, the pianist Fumio Taya, the free-spirited Kaori Mitsui, and the track team member Rika Yoshimura.
About Blue Reflection
Blue Reflection follows the life of Hinako Shirai as she takes her first steps into an ordinary school life after a tragic accident ends her ballet career. Her injury causes her to close off her heart from the rest of the world, but her life changes when she meets her new best friends, the magical Shijou twins Yuzu and Lime, who bestow her with the powers of a Reflector. As she comes to terms with her new abilities and traverses between her ordinary school life and The Common, Hinako starts to understand the very real perils that await not only her friends, but humanity itself.
ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.