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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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.