Japanese developer 5pb., best known for games such as Steins;Gate and Phantom Breaker, has teased a new project with the above image at Comiket 87 that’s being headed up by former Cave developer Makoto Asada, with Ryo Nagi on board for character design.
Official details beyond that are mum for the time being, although recent tweets posted by 5pb. executive director Chiyomaru Shikura are leading people to believe that the project in question is likely a remake of YU-NO, an iconic Japanese adventure game produced by genre pioneer ELF Corporation in the 1990s for multiple platforms. Indeed, in his tweets, Shikura refers to it being related to a “seminal game in the history of the text adventure genre” and how he wants to go back to the 16-color, FM music ways of old, a clear allusion to the capabilities of the Japanese-only NEC PC-9801, which was the original platform for YU-NO.
Lending further credence to the theory is Shikura’s reminder of the existence of one of 5pb.’s other projects, Mystereet F: The Detectives’ Curtain Call, another project that not only also features Asada’s involvement, but comes from a series that was originally created by the same person who was also behind YU-NO, the late Hiroyuki Kanno.
Whatever it is, all should be known later today, as Shikura states that an official announcement from 5pb. is set to arrive on the show floor at Comiket.
Thanks, Games Talk.