After a longer wait than usual, Koei Tecmo announced that Gust’s waifu-saturated Sailormoon-like JRPG Blue Reflection is coming west.
The game will be released in North America on September 26th and in Europe on September 29th. Platforms will be PS4 and digitally on PC (obviously via Steam), apparently skipping PS Vita, that received its own port in Japan.
For those who lived under a rock and are unfamiliar with the game, here’s a brief description of the plot:
“Blue Reflection takes place at Hoshinomiya Girls’ High School, where players assume the role of student Hinako Shirai. When Hinako’s ballet career comes to an end after a tragic accident, she closes her heart off from the rest of the world. However, her life changes when she meets her new best friends, the magical Shijou twins – Yuzu, who is adored by her classmates for her cheerful and warm personality, and Lime, who is more logical and selfish.
The twin sisters bestow Hinako with the power of a Reflector, a champion who can manipulate a mysterious parallel dimension known as The Common. Hinako can freely move and shape this mystical realm’s beauty with her imagination, but she soon understands the very real perils that await her and her friends. As Hinako learns to treasure her companions and creates new bonds with those around her, she gains new strength to help her fight in The Common.”
The game features the adorable character design by Mel Kishida, well known for Gust’s Atelier series.
In North America, pre-ordering the game from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games and GameStop will net you a few bonuses, including the School Swimsuit and Rorona style (the outfit of Rorolina Frixell from Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland) costumes, and a skin for the in-game social network FreeSpace!
The European version of the press release mentions the availability of the bonuses “from Independent Retailers through Centresoft.” Those who will get the PS4 version will also get an additional theme.
You can check out some artwok and screenshots below, and if you want to see more, you can enjoy the Japanese launch trailer, watch a gameplay trailer, the opening cutscene, 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, Mao Ninagawa, Rin Sanada, Kei Karimiya, Kaori Mitsui, Shio Tatani and Rika Yoshimura.
Now that it’s coming, we can all sigh in relief, excluding those who wanted to play the game on PS Vita, I guess.