The next released title to come from Chiyomaru and MAGES. will likely be Anonymous;Code, so I’ve decided to make a post on the title.
I’ll go over the premise, some of the characters, and what makes it separate from the instalments of the Science Adventure Series.
“Science Visual Novel” (SVN) vs “Science Adventure” (SciADV)
The mainline Science Adventure series is currently composed of the following titles:
- Chaos;Head Noah (+ Love Chu Chu)
- Steins;Gate (+ Zero)
- Robotics;Notes Elite
The SciADV series consists of intertwining stories that share overarching themes, applications of science, and characters. They also have one shared antagonistic force; The Committee of 300. The stories are gradually building up to an inevitable joint conflict with this shadowy force that hovers over the individual titles.
Anonymous;Code, while set in the same world as the other games, is NOT a part of the Science Adventure Series, it’s a separate classification that Chiyomaru has labelled as “Science Visual Novel”, or SVN. There will be other SVN titles in the future, including Occultic;Nine. This gives Chiyomaru and the other people behind the series a chance to use the setting and expand on the world they’ve created whilst not convoluting the mainline SciADV conflict with the Committee of 300.
In short, SVN titles will use the same world setting and have references to each other and prior titles, but will not tie in nearly as heavily with SciADV as the individual titles within that subsection do with each other.
Edit: This has now been proven false, Chiyomaru Shikura recently (as of August 2016) confirmed that SVN titles are simply a separate world entirely, and that the Science Adventure Series is a fictional game series within that world. To summarize, the people in the SVN world may have heard of or played Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, or Chaos;Child. But the characters in those games are just as fictional to them as they are to us.
So, now that’s established, let’s get into the specific setting of Anonymous;Code.
On the 6th of February, 2036, an event that would later be known as the Sad Morning occurs.
Due to an NTP Rollover, a large-scale computational error occurs in the guidance system of several military satellites (including the SA4D; Strategic Attack For Defense). This results in the satellites launching payloads at various important cities on Earth.
New York, Shanghai, London, Moscow, and Shinjuku are completely devastated. The total death toll from the incident is 120 million, and a further 500,000 are left injured directly in some manner.
Scientists, fearing disaster from an even greater potential computational error in the year 2038, use the supercomputer “Gaia” to run an Earth Simulation. Through use of the Arecibo Message, they manage to insert humans into the simulation as well. Unfortunately the humans within the simulation, fearing a computational error in their year 2038, use their supercomputer “Gaia” to run an Earth Simulation. The original scientists are horrified and begin to question the authenticity of their own existence.
Our story takes place in Nakano City, the year 2037, during a period of great unrest and unease.
We only have two formal profiles so far, so I will update this post as more are revealed.
The protagonist of our story, Takaoka Pollon. He belongs to a biker gang named “Crow”, he formed it with his friend Cross. They are a gang composed of bikers and hackers, they have a lot of shared programming knowledge. Unlike most hackers, he prioritizes emotion over logic and has a short fuse despite his lack of conceit. However, his insight and ability to concentrate during crucial moments are admirable traits.
Pollon also has the ability to “Save & Load” reality, restoring to an earlier point in time if necessary. In addition this this, he can leap up and down “World Layers”, a seemingly infinite chasm of slightly varied versions of the same world.
A mysterious girl that Pollon meets. Innocent and calm, she always acts friendly and takes others into consideration, but sometimes she behaves bizarrely, showing little to no emotion.
This is all I have on the subject for now, but I will keep this post updated as more character profiles come through. If you have any questions, leave a comment or use my ask.fm page.
As always, thanks for reading.