Today is Sunday (to be more specific, it’s already Monday in Japan), so you probably guessed what’s coming: new information and screenshots from Gust, and more precisely on the upcoming Sailormoon-like JRPG Blue Reflection: Maboroshi Ni Mau Shojo no Ken.
First of all, we get to see the feature that prompts other students to support the reflections in battle against the Original Species. After strengthening their bonds with them, they will fight alongside Hinaki, Lime and Yuzuki. Their effect varies between recovery and buffs, and it consumes the student’s own MP. If they run out of HP, they withdraw from the battle.
Before every battle, you can choose up to four supporters each for Hinako, Lime and Yuzuki. You can freely experiment on combinations.
Active commands let you issue orders to each characters like “Guard” or “Recovery.” Those are the basic ones, and more are unlocked as you progress. A few examples are “Supporter protect,” which restores HP and MP of a supporting character, “Recovery” does the same, but for a reflector, “Guard” reduces the attack received. Every time you guard, the effect will become stronger, and “Timeline Operation” speeds up the actions of your companions, while slowing down the enemies.
In order to use active commands, you use “ether,” and you can also use the command “Ether Charge.”
In fights against the Original Species, the attack ways change every time you reduce the enemy’s physical strength to a certain amount, and the damage it will receive will increase every time.
No matter how strong your supporter are, you can’t win without the “Overdrive” feature. Normally only one skill can be used per action, but by using overdrive you can chain multiple skills in one action. The more skills you chain, the stronger they will become with each skill used.
The press release brings up an example of the flow of one battle.
First of all, you create an opening. By using skills that slow down the action of the enemies, you create a lapse where they can’t act. During that time, you will use Ether Charge, that also recovers MP. Then you use active commands like Guard or Recovery depending on the battle situation. After that, when enough ether is accumulated, and it’s the turn of a reflector with high offensive stats, you use Overdrive. If you include attacks that slow down the enemies in the Overdive chain, they will be further hindered, and placing a high MP-consuming, powerful skill at the end will cause devastating damage.
Using a certain number of Overdrives will activate a powerful co-op skills to deliver a final attack. The damage dealt by this skill is massive.
Of course, this is just an example, and players should come up with their own tactics. Circumstances will also vary depending on the enemy you fight, and the charm of the game lays into finding a way to fight each different original species.
If you kept fighting efficiently, a “Reflect” counter prompt will also appear, focusing the power of the reflector to deliver a strong counter-attack.
We also get to see a new Original Species, Kokuma, which is as resilient as a tank, and has an artillery-type attack emanating from every part of its massive body.
Moving off battle, we get to see more about the game’s school life part. The bond with each of the girls in school is shown by her “AC Value.” The higher it is, the more frequently she will be able to support you in battle.
You can increase each girl’s AC Value by playing Relationship Events, which will offer a choice. The AC Value will change depending on your response.
Date Events can also occur after school. You may be invited after chatting with a friend. There are a variety of those for each companion, and they gradually increase the bonds with them.
We also get to see two examples, one involving Ako Ichinose and a mysterious secret involving her. The other includes both Ako Ichinose and Rika Yoshimura, as they drift apart after being friend sin junior high school.
If you want to see more, you can also enjoya new gameplay trailer, and a large bunch of character trailers for Yuri Saiki, Chihiro Inoue, Shihori Sugamoto, Hinako Shirai, Yuzuki Shijou and Lime Shijou, Sanae Nishida Sarasa Morikawa and Mao Ninagawa.
Blue Reflection: Maboroshi Ni Mau Shojo no Ken launches on March 30th in Japan for PS4 and PS Vita. A western release has not been announced yet