A little late of an update this time, I was rather busy the last week. But, better late than never, translations below:
Rosario and David are hacker agents dispatched by the Vatican; the Catholic Church HQ. They’re in Japan searching for the whereabouts of the Lead Programmer who had gone missing from the Vatican. Calm, collected, and religiously zealous to a fault; they aren’t just capable hackers, they’re professional assassins as well.
The story goes that in 1917, a small village in Portugal was blessed by an Oracle who imparted Three Secrets upon the people. But the “Third Prophecy” was censored by the Vatican and is believed by some to have never truly been made public due to the shocking revelations contained within.
Not only that, but there is also the mystery behind the Magic Square found at Gaudi’s Sagrada Família, which was set for completion by the year 2026.
Much like the Arecibo Message, these urban legends will find themselves integral to the secrets behind Anonymous;Code.
That’s all for now, I’ll try to be faster with the next update when it releases.
An organization with influence spanning the globe, GAI Computer Corporation is a company with a solid foundation of scientific and technological development.
The group is working on the development of the GAI Computer “GAIA”, with the prodigal boy genius hacker ASUMA (Soga Asuma) at the heart of the project.
Asuma’s two subordinates; Ewan Okuda and Graham Kingley, are currently in Nakano City with the intention to find and capture a “certain someone”.
The GAI Computer Corporation developed their Earth Simulator “GAIA” to track things such as fluctuation in weather patterns and activity of the Earth’s crust, ultimately it was a tool designed to predict the future of the Earth itself.
The digitized Earth within this simulator is said to be completely accurate down to the smallest detail. However, as our story begins, progress on the simulator has been put on hold due to the events of the Sad Morning.
That’s all for now, but there’ll undoubtedly be another update soon.
The Anonymous;Code Website updated with a little more new information today, I’ll post and translate below.
In 1974, the Arecibo Message was sent into space via radio-waves from the Arecibo Observatory. It is a basic message denoting the lives and actions of mankind, and it is said to be easily decipherable by any sufficiently advanced life-form. Though it was sent in the hopes of discovering alien life, the Arecibo Message is an instrumental piece of the puzzle behind uncovering the secrets of Anonymous;Code’s world.
Yumikawa Cross –
Pollon’s best friend and a member of the “Crow” biker gang.
Headstrong, masculine and dependable. His assertive nature makes him the perfect partner for the luck-pushing Pollon. He likes to call himself a “Hacker Gentleman Thief”.
That’s all for now, but I’ll update again when some new stuff comes through.
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.
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.
A recent magazine scan has shown a few new interesting details about the enigmatic Kagari, Mayuri’s adopted daughter from 2036, as well as the story’s relation (and departure) from the plot of its source material, the Epigraph Trilogy.
I will provide a translation of the scan below.
New Information on Steins;Gate Zero! An unexpected person makes an unexpected appearance…?!
Zero is the upcoming follow-up to Steins;Gate, a work that has captured the hearts of countless people. The content we’ve received this time is nothing short of astounding. It’s the grown-up version of Shiina Kagari. She was first introduced as a young girl that accompanied Suzuha back to the past. What chain of events led her to becoming a grown-up? Please enjoy our pictures and commentary.
The feelings that pass through time, and shake the world–
The story begins with Okabe Rintaro failing to save Makise Kurisu. The painful event lit by the dim evening sun will surely incite heartache.
Mayuri argues with Suzuha as the girl soldier looks down at Okabe with an ice-cold stare. She knows what Okabe went through to save Kurisu better than anyone else.
-Will there be salvation in this tale that begins with despair?-
“Amadeus”, the artificial intelligence that uses Kurisu’s memories as the basis.
In a world without Kurisu, the “PhoneWave” is never created, and the few events that greatly affect the future are never resolved. It is the world line in which nothing but the cataclysmic Third World War awaits.
A grown-up Shiina Kagari makes an appearance!?
A grown-up Shiina Kagari. We don’t know what kind of life she led, but it seems like she makes an appearance in the time period when Mayuri and the group operate as LabMems.
The girl had her young design revealed a long while ago, but here we have her as an adult. This CG might be surprising to those that have read the novels.
Kagari wearing a Shrine Maiden’s outfit. It seems that she has a lot of interactions with the rest of the LabMems.
The reliable time traveller showing off her martial arts as she protects Kagari from a sudden attacker.
Suzuha high kicks the attacker trying to restrain Kagari!
Is she being targeted by someone…?
The Time Traveller’s Connection
Shiina Mayuri gave Shiina Kagari, her adopted daughter, to Suzuha, and the two went on to time travel to the past, where they meet Okabe and the others. The connection born between the two survivors of the war-ridden world is one of the key points of the plot.
Original stories that are fresh even to the readers of the novels!
Zero is based on the three side-story novels, Epigraph of the Closed Curve, Pandora of Eternal Return and Altair of the Point at Infinity.
However, it also has its own, completely new scenarios.
The product will have sharp drama for both those who have never read the novels and those who have.
Those who can’t wait for the release and want to avoid spoilers, feel free to read the novels before the end of this fall.
This contributor was greatly amazed by the speedy pacing and the shock value of the original works and always wished to see them adapted into a game, so I expect a lot of things from Steins;Gate Zero.
It also seems like it will also have scenes told from the perspective of other characters.
So yeah, to summarize… this is extremely different to the material it’s drawing inspiration from. I’ve read the Epigraph Trilogy and the Kagari featured in that story is nothing like this. So huzzah, I’m just as much in the dark as everyone else now, I don’t know whether to rejoice or panic.
Either way, seems things became more interesting, that’s all for now.
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.