Atlus announced the release date for the Furyu developed RPG The Caligula Effect will be available digitally in North America and Europe on may 2.
Previously title simply Caligula in Japan, the game features a large cast of playable characters and a unique battle RPG system battle system. Players will follow a group of students who created a club called the “Go-Home Club” at their high school, Kishimai High School.
However, the group discovers that not everything is as it seems and they are actually living in a virtual reality construct called Mobius. This world is run by a virtual idol known as μ (pronounced myoo). The club must now fight off crazed students known as “Digiheads” in order to confront μ and gain their freedom.
The publisher details the game’s features:
- A human story set in a virtual world – Experience a dark story as the Go-Home Club does whatever it takes to escape the digital prison known as Mobius. The crew must defeat a group of evil music producers (known as the Ostinato Musicians) who have been working with μ, and come face-to-face with their own black secrets/desires. Written by Persona series veteran Tadashi Satomi (Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment), players will fight towards freedom as they examine the ugly psychological issues that plague the various characters in the game.
- Multiple relationships to nurture – There are 500+ NPCs to recruit into the party to be used in combat. Each has a preassigned class (such as offense, support, etc…) and have a unique background story that’ll slowly be uncovered by completing various quests. Oh, but there’s only 4 characters in a party, so choose your teammates wisely!
- A strategic battle system – The game features a unique battle system called “Imaginary Chain” that makes encounters an exercise in planning. Once enemies are encountered, players will seamlessly transition into battles where they can choose from 100+ skills to unleash on their enemies. While choosing skills, players can adjust timing and see a simulated preview of their attack before committing to it. Maximize damage by creating deadly attack chains between party members and don’t let enemies catch their breath!
- Music by celebrated producers – It’s only fitting that a game about fighting musicians features original songs by celebrated Japanese producers such as OSTER project, 40mP, 164, cosMo@Bousou-P, and more!
You can check out new screen shots and the story trailer below: