During a press conference at GDC in San Francisco, that DualShockers attended, Spike Chunsoft announced 428: Shibuya Scramble.
The game will be released in the west for PS4 and PC in spring 2018.
If you’re not familiar with the franchise, 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de is a visual novel/adventure game released by Chunsoft in Japan in 2008 for the Wii, followed in 2009 by PS3 and PSP versions, and a mobile version in 2011, and it was known for the use of live action sequences instead of the usual art.
The western title evokes the famous scramble crossing in Shibuya, that is a popular landmark of Tokyo.
Below you can read a few bullet points from the official press kit:
A kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya brings together a hot-blooded detective, hard-hitting journalist, former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer stuck in cat costume for a series of events each more unexpected and outrageous than the last. Can they—or the city itself—make it through the day?
- Real Actors and Locations: 428: Shibuya Scrambleuses a mix of still photography and live action footage for a cinematic gaming experience that pulls you on a whirlwind tour of downtown Tokyo
- Tangled Fates: An innocent choice by one character can have disastrous consequences for another. Unravel the narrative threads, discover how they tie together and use the JUMP system to move between scenarios as five stories run in parallel.
- Easter Egg Hunt: Sometimes the wrong decision can lead to the right outcome, or at least an amusing game over. With over 50 endings, multiple bonus modes and extra scenarios, there’s more to the city than there seems.
You can also check out a few screenshots below: