Today Nippon Ichi software released a brand new batch of screenshots and artwork of its upcoming visual novel/adventure game Exile Election, focusing on the title’s mechanics.
During the game, an “election” will be held once every three days. In order to win the election, it’s necessary to gather votes by winning verbal battles.
Before each election, participants can volunteer to the mechanical doll Alice, becoming “candidates.” Each candidate nominates an “opponent candidate” for the election, and cannot inform others of their status. Once the candidates are decided, that is publicly announced to the rest of the participants, so no one can volunteer to become a candidate anymore. If a candidate is not decided before the election, it’s randomly selected among the survivors.
During the election, Alice selects a theme, and the candidate decides whether to argue for or against that subject. The opponent candidate must oppose that opinion regardless of what it is. During the election, measures are taken so that the identity of the candidate, the opponent candidate and their supporters are kept secret. On the final day of the election, the candidate and opponent candidate discuss, while the others vote as supporters.
Before the election, the player can talk to the others to gather various kinds of information. Some times you’ll deepen a friendship, some times you’ll use someone deceitfully, or attack their weakness. You employ any means possible to fulfill the protagonist’s desire for revenge in order to select those who will lose the election.
He will actually participate in all the election himself as a candidate in order to protect Nori, a pure and innocent girl who lost her memoriers. As a player, which participants to go against is your choice. Relationships and story will change depending on the order in which participants are defeated.
During the election, the discussion consists of collecting hints by engraving keywords in the protagonist’s memory, taking notes of important opinions, using the memorized keywords to counter the opponent’s opinion, and gathering support from other participants.
At the end of the election, the defeated candidate will be exiled, and sent outside the Aliceland theme park, where monsters dwell. He or she will become their prey.
You can check out all the screenshots below, and if you want to learn more, you can read our full article with the introduction of the story and characters, and a batch of character trailers, featuring the doll Alice, Izuki Ayara, Issei Ninchouji, Michimune Isurugi, Shihori Yurizono, Hakushu Isumi, Asie Tadenomiya and her twin Kasha, Yuri Himeno, and her sister Minori, and Ichika Houshi.
Exile Election will be released on April 27th in Japan, exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita. No western release has been announced for now.