Update 5/9/17 t 9:25 a.m.: Despite Atlus announcing a delay to an unannounced date, The Caligula Effect is currently available on European PlayStation Stores, such as the U.K. Store.
Original 5/8/17 at 10:25 p.m.: Atlus has again delayed the European release of The Caligula Effect, this time from its previous date of May 9 to an unannounced release date.
“The game will be available as a digital download PS Vita title and we’ll have news of a new release date in the future,” Atlus said in a press release.
Here’s an overview of the game’s features, via Atlus:
- A human story set in a virtual world – Experience a dark story as the Go-Home Club does whatever it takes to escape the digital prison known as Mobius. The crew must defeat a group of evil music producers (known as the Ostinato Musicians) who have been working with μ, and come face-to-face with their own black secrets/desires. Written by Persona series veteran Tadashi Satomi (Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment), players will fight towards freedom as they examine the ugly psychological issues that plague the various characters in the game.
- Multiple relationships to nurture – There are 500+ NPCs to recruit into the party to be used in combat. Each has a preassigned class (such as offense, support, etc…) and have a unique background story that’ll slowly be uncovered by completing various quests. Oh, but there’s only 4 characters in a party, so choose your teammates wisely!
- A strategic battle system – The game features a unique battle system called “Imaginary Chain” that makes encounters an exercise in planning. Once enemies are encountered, players will seamlessly transition into battles where they can choose from 100+ skills to unleash on their enemies. While choosing skills, players can adjust timing and see a simulated preview of their attack before committing to it. Maximize damage by creating deadly attack chains between party members and don’t let enemies catch their breath!
- Music by celebrated producers – It’s only fitting that a game about fighting musicians features original songs by celebrated Japanese producers such as OSTER project, 40mP, 164, [email protected], and more!
The Caligula Effect launched last week via the PlayStation Store in North America. The game first launched in Japan in June 2016.