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Steins;Gate Zero Update – Story and Mechanics

The Steins;Gate Zero Website has once again updated, now with more on the plot and game mechanics. I’ll translate below:

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Hououin Kyouma Has Been Locked Away

Okabe Rintaro, who had given up on saving Makise Kurisu, was plagued by flashbacks, horrifying dreams, and traumatic memories of his experiences as he traversed the World Lines. With Mayuri’s support, he attends therapy and seeks out professional and medical help. His friends are truly concerned for his well-being, he is now clearly a man in the deepest pit of despair. Sadly, “Hououin Kyouma” has long since been sealed away.

TinyMaho

A meeting with those that knew Kurisu.


Kurisu was researching Artificial Intelligence as a student of the Victor Chondria University.
Her colleagues, Professor Alexis Leskinen and Hiyajo Maho, came to Japan to hold a seminar about it.
By chance, Okabe met with these two teammates and learned about the “Amadeus” system which could preserve human memories.
The primary system installed within Amadeus? Kurisu’s memories.

Amadeus System

“Mr. Okabe Rintaro. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I am Makise Kurisu.”

An Encounter with Kurisu’s “Memories”

Okabe is asked by Professor Leskinen to test the Amadeus System, and talk with Kurisu’s “memories” on a regular basis to further develop its capabilities.
However, this was not the Kurisu that Okabe knew.
Naturally, she had none of the memories that he had forged with her over that summer.

KRIS

“Back when we first spoke to each other, you called me ‘Christina’ or something like that, right?”

Discussions with Kurisu. His distance begins to close in.

As a tester, Okabe continues to talk with Kurisu’s memories on his Smartphone.
As he talks to the girl over an extended period of time, old, powerful feelings begin to well up within him. He grows closer to “her”, but this also fills his heart with despair.

ChristmasShrine

Christmas, New Years, a Lively Lab Life.

To support and cheer up Okabe, the LabMems and their friends keep things bustling and lively, doing events such as a Christmas Party and New Years festivities.
Featured in the the Santa cosplay is Amane Yuki, the woman that will eventually marry Daru and bear Suzuha as their child. Suzuha is also seen in Shrine Maiden attire. The story of these two women will also play a vital role.

UNIDENTIFIED

Unidentified Assailants

As the LabMems enjoy themselves, the lab is suddenly attacked by a group of unidentified men wielding firearms.
Okabe is horrified and struck with memories of Mayuri’s many deaths in the Alpha Attractor field.
But who are these men? They can’t be SERN, can they? The PhoneWave (Temp) doesn’t exist in this World Line…

…To Be Continued

Game Mechanics

SMARTPHONE

A Smartphone will be used for the trigger system in this game, featuring two primary applications; Amadeus and RINE.
These applications will tie into the plot and be used in guiding the route the story takes.

AmadeusLogo

Talking with Amadeus

Okabe is selected as a tester for the Amadeus System, which allows him to contact “Kurisu” at any time and engage in conversation with her.
“She”, too, can contact him whenever she wants to…

RINE

Messenger Application

A change from the previous game’s text message system, RINE is a software developed by Daru for speedy instant message contact with friends. You will use this to converse with the other cast members over distances in-game.

That’s all for the time being.

– Steiner

10 responses

  1. really want this though i’m not sure if my wallet is ready for me to fork out $60
    Thanks for the update Steiner
    El Psy Kongroo

    September 21, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    • TheSonu

      I’m pretty sure my wallet has a Steins;Gate pocket somewhere for these times. I just don’t know of I can wait for the official English release. It took the forever last time >.<

      September 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      • Your wallet can send messages back in time too?! I thought mine was the only wallet that could stop me from wasting money on not steins;gate :p !

        September 22, 2015 at 12:29 am

    • Adamantite

      Is there a place to preorder already?

      September 23, 2015 at 6:26 am

      • playasia has it, which assuming you know japanese or don’t care its about 63USD for the ps3,4 and vita

        September 28, 2015 at 6:03 am

  2. Domu

    OMG this is great. Im wating for it. But I will definitely buy it. Even if it takes me forever I will finish the game. The date its so close.

    September 22, 2015 at 12:31 am

  3. Oh god, I hope it doesn’t take an eternity to be released in English because I can’t contain my hype! Also, thank you Steiner you’re the best. 😀

    September 22, 2015 at 1:12 am

  4. RazorTrikora

    As aspected of Japanese. They use this game to promote LINE chat app.

    September 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  5. Why can’t there be a PC release?!?!

    October 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

  6. The presence of the sumo seal (iirc?) is sort of disconcerting. But it probably means nothing. (As far as I can tell, the far left mask is a reference to the rounders from the anime, … not sure about the other two.)

    November 2, 2015 at 2:15 am

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