Following a teaser earlier this week, Nippon Ichi Software has officially announced “superpowers x academy RPG” Xicatrice for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Switch. It will launch on June 29 in Japan.
Get the first details below.
- Title: Xicatrice
- Genre: Superpowers x Academy RPG
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch
- Release Date: June 29, 2023 (Japan)
- Players: One
- Price: 6,980 yen (without tax) / 7,678 yen (with tax)
- Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
- Development Manager: Takuma Tatsumi
- Character Design: Saijou Yoshiaki
- Monster Design: Kakeru Hibino
- CERO: Pending
- Official Website: nippon1.jp
- Official Twitter: @Xicatrice
- Copyright: ©2023 Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
A new academy RPG featuring a huge variety of skills (approximately 300) and highly flexible character development.
Xicatrice is a “superpowers x academy RPG” in which you play as a teacher who leads a special unit of students on dangerous missions in response to emergencies.
The game combines the depth that comes with a huge variety of skills, with highly flexible character development, allowing each player to play with their own strategy.
In a world where special powers known as “superpowers” exist, the protagonist is appointed as a teacher in charge of students able to wield those powers. With the seven students, awakened to their superpowers and emotionally scarred, overcome the hardships that await you.
“Xicatrice” is based on the French word for “scar.” In the game, the seven students will confront the emotional scars of their past.
It has been about a century since mankind began awakening to the supernatural powers known as “superpowers.”
While some people used their powers to contribute to society, others abused them or ran wild without control. The incidents caused by superpower users never ceased.
In response to these incidents, the state established the Anti Abnormal Unusual Talent Team (AUT), a law enforcement agency composer of superpower users.
However, as the number of incidents increased, it became too much even for the AUT.
It was then that the Reserve Anti Unusual Talent Team (RAUT) was established under the pretext of watching over and training children who have awakened to superpowers.
Despite being students, they could be mobilized in the case of an incident involving superpowers.
The story begins in the year 2023, when a former AUT member, who lost their abilities after a certain incident, is assigned as the teacher in charge of RAUT 302nd Unit.
Develop Students Through a Daily Curriculum
As a teacher, the player will schedule weekly lessons to develop the seven students. The students’ “basic stats” such as stamina and judgment will increase based on the curriculum you choose.
Rather than acquire skills by leveling up through battle, skills are acquired as basic stats increase. Basic stats influence not only combat, but also school life events such as regular exams.
—Each student has subjects they are good or bad at. The ease of growth for basic stats also differs per student.
—You can improve students’ basic stats through not only lessons, but also by going out with them on weekends.
—Time moves forward every time for every lesson or outing. Training should be scheduled for any approaching battle event.
Highly Flexible Skill Builds with a Huge Variety of Skills
Once a skill is learned in class, equip it to your character before battle. Since there is a limit to the amount of skills you can equip, the key is equipping the proper skills according to the enemy.
There are approximately 300 skills, including active and passive. Seemingly cumbersome skills may show their true value when combined with another skill.
—The maximum number of skills that can be equipped will increase as the student grows.
—Depending on the student’s basic stats, they may be able to detect the enemy’s weaknesses and precautions before battle. Organize your skills and party to take measures against troublesome enemies.
“Proposal and Choice” Fight Together in Command-Based Battles
The seven students will resolve cases involving superpowers as the RAUT, fighting against “monsters” created by peoples’ negative emotions, as well as criminal superpower users.
Battles are command-based, in which students choose one action per turn from among a list of proposed actions. While you as the player cannot directly participate in battle since you lost your superpowers, you will utilize your experience as a former member of the AUT to lead your students to victory with precise instruction.
—Students will propose skills each turn based on the skills they have equipped.
—Battles against monsters will occur one after another until you reach your mission goal. Move forward while properly managing each character’s HP and SP.
If I Can’t Protect My Students…
If a superpowers user is unable to overcome their own emotional scars, they will be swallowed by their superpower. If you fail to understand their troubles and are unable to lead on dangerous missions, then the results could be tragic…
However, even if you get a bad ending, or meet certain conditions, you can earn bonuses that help you progress through the game more favorably on a second playthrough. In this way, your failures will become a source of encouragement and allow for even more flexible character development.
Toma Asahi (voiced by Saho Shirasu)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. She is an extremely serious honor student who is both athletic and studious, and devoted to working with the protagonist. Her superpower awakened after she lost her family in an accident on her sixth birthday.
Haruki Suzuhira (voiced by Fumiya Imai)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. A cheerful and energetic mood maker who always has a smile on his face. While he tends to get easily carried away, he sometimes falls weak under pressure. He can get a little overexcited when he thinks about what he can do with the superpowers he has received.
Shiduru Nagamiya (voiced by Ayasa Itou)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. A beautiful girl characterized by her slender, long, black hair. Heart problems prevented her from athletics as a child. She thought she would be able to walk through life happily with the healthy body given to her after her superpowers awakened, but…
Wakaba Shinomori (voiced by Hina Natsume)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. She is a caring, athletic, and straightforward girl who speaks her mind. Until junior high school, she was expected to have a future in track-and-field, but after her superpowers awakened, she gave up on that future.
Yuichi Kamishiro (voiced by Tetsuro Noda)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. He is blunt and keeps others at a distance. He is looked up to by the other students for his high capacity for using his superpowers in actual combat. He has sworn revenge against a certain monster superpower user, and has little interest in anything else.
Kei Namisaki (voiced by Kanako Nomura)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. Although usually calm, composed, and mature, she can also be somewhat meddlesome. Driven by righteous indignation, she has had the bitter experience of harming others as a result of using her superpower. By joining RAUT, she is given the opportunity to use her superpowers for the sake of justice again.
Ichika Otoha (voiced by Emiri Suyama)
A first-year high school student who belongs to RAUT 302nd Unit. She speaks in a polite tone to all and has a gentle personality. Likely due being bullied in the past, she keeps a bit of distance from the protagonist and other students.
■ Box Art
■ Nippon1.jp Shop Limited Edition
The Nippon1.jp Limited Edition include a copy of the game, background music soundtrack CD, and booklet featuring artwork from the game.
A soundtrack and booklet set excluding the game will also be sold.
Prices are as follows:
- Nippon1.jp Limited Edition: 10,880 yen (without tax) / 11,968 yen (with tax)
- Soundtrack & Booklet: 5,400 yen (without tax) / 5,940 (with tax)
Pre-orders are available at the following links:
- Nippon1.jp Limited Edition (PS5, PS4, Switch)
- Soundtrack & Booklet
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.