Building off of last week’s announcement, developer Fog has put out a new press release for its upcoming PS Vita port of its adventure game Fuuraiki 3, outlining the major gameplay modes and characters. Catch our translation below.
Fuuraiki 3 is the latest entry in the Fuuraiki series. Originally released for PC in 2013, Fuuraiki 3 lets you travel around the entirety of the northern island of Hokkaido. New to the PS Vita edition are a myriad new story elements, as well as a brand new heroine to meet, who will be discussed in greater detail at a later time.
Chihiro Sakiki is a rookie reporter who’s still getting his feet wet. Enamored with the land of Hokkaido, he finally makes his way there in order to participate in the “Eimeiten,” a beginner’s division that’s part of a major contest in the publishing world known as the “Shinkouten.” Considered to be the industry’s equivalent of the Olympics, after an article produced for the Shinkouten catches his eye, he finds himself drawn to join the fray, thereby entering the world of publishing.
While not without his worries, his excitement at the new adventures awaiting far outweigh those other sentiments. Unable to hold himself back, with his trusty camera on tow, he hops aboard his trusty motorcycle and heads off in search of the best photo he can take.
Players step into the shoes of Chihiro as he visits over 100 areas in Hokkaido and gathers information for his articles, taking photos along the way as he goes from one spot to the next. At the end of each day, Chihiro has to post an article about the spots he checked out. This cycle continues for four weeks, with the winner of the Eimeiten determined afterwards.
In practice, Fuuraki 3‘s gameplay breaks down into three distinct segments as follows:
- Touring Mode: Cruise around Hokkaido by motorcycle. A stamina bar is present in the lower-right portion of the screen that you have to pay heed to, lest you’re made to end their day early. Nevertheless, you’re freely able to decide what routes to take, with diverging roads appearing on screen as they travel along the island.
- Adventure Mode: Investigate the sights and sounds of Hokkaido, both famous and obscure, as you talk with natives from the area, other tourists, and the game’s heroines, as well as take photos for your article. Locations that you can scout out at each spot can even change across visits to them.
- Caming Mode: At the end of your day, it’s time to camp out somewhere and run your article online. After writing your piece, which is driven by menu choices that you make, you can choose to attach two pertinent photos and then upload them online. From there, you’ll be able to view how readers have taken to your work, providing insight into your ultimate prospects at winning the Eimeiten. During this stretch of time, you may also find yourself hanging out and partying with other campers in the area.
“I’m setting out to take the best photo out there… one only I can take.”
Chihiro is the game’s intrepid budding reporter. Moved by an article that he read during his high school days that mentioned taking “the best picture,” he goes out into the world to take one himself.
Nagisa Aizawa (voiced by Yuri Ayase)
“I’m on a journey, a journey for myself as a woman!”
Nagisa is one of the game’s main heroines, whom the protagonist meets aboard a ferry. A lighthearted woman, she and the protagonist share similar values when it comes to the merits of traveling. She plans to go all the way from the southernmost point of Hokkaido to its northernmost cape, accomplishing this with her beloved 1300cc motorcycle.
Sayo Mizushina (voiced by Mirai Chiroru)
“I came to Hokkaido to learn more about this song.”
Sayo is another one of the game’s heroines, whom the protagonist can meet at a lake. Interested in learning more about the song her music box plays, she travels around Hokkaido using her childhood photos as her guide. As she tends to be shy around other people, Chihiro decides to step in and help her along her way.
Izumi Tomura (voiced by Megumi Yokoh)
“It was a pleasure meeting you. I hope we bump into each other again at any hot spring somewhere!”
Izumi is the game’s third heroine, who can be encountered at a hot spring. Traveling around to different hot springs is her hobby, making her highly knowledgeable about which ones are worth checking out. The life she leads is seemingly a distinctly fleeting one, ignorant of how to use modern conveniences like cell phones.
Those who pre-order the PS Vita edition of Fuuraiki 3 will get their hands on a soundtrack CD full of carefully culled background music from the main game. Listening to it while you’re out and about is sure to instill you with the unique joys that come with visiting Hokkaido!
Fuuraiki 3 is due out for PS Vita in Japan on February 19, 2015. Check out the first set of PS Vita screenshots at the gallery.