Steins;Gate Goes 8-Bit Through Mage's New PC Brand
Mage readying 8-bit styled version of popular adventure game, with 8 color graphics, FM sounds, and a command input system.
Mages, the new front for the publisher once known as 5pb., has formed a new PC brand. While the brand's name is currently unannounced, its first title was revealed today to be Steins; Gate 8bit.
The popular Steins;Gate adventure game, which has seen release on PSP, Xbox 360, and PC, is getting an 8-bit remake on Windows. That means retro visuals like this:
Mages refers to the game's visual system as "Line & Paint." The game engine uses tiles and is limited to 8 colors.
Joining the 8-bit looks, the game will also have 8-bit gameplay elements. For instance, the game is now command based, with players entering commands like "talk" to speak to people and "open door" to open the door.
Sound is also being given 8-bit flair. The game's sounds have been arranged in chip style. FM audio is achieved through emulation rather than streaming, and comes complete with audio channel limitations, which means certain sound layers will drop out when channels run out.
Unfortunately, pricing hasn't been set to match the retro grade visuals. Mages will be asking ¥5,040 for the game. This does look like a collectors item, though, as the first print run will include retro-styled packaging and a soundtrack.
Mage's new PC brand (whose name will be announced shortly) makes its debut with Steins; Gate 8bit on October 28.