Former PlayStation Exclusive Root Letter Officially Getting a Steam Release for PC “Soon”

Kadokawa Games' adventure game Root Letter is getting a Steam release for those who don't have a PS4 or a PS Vita.

on June 20, 2017 8:47 AM

Today Kadokawa Games announced the Steam release of its visual novel/adventure game √Letter (Root Letter), that was initially launched on PS4 and PS Vita, and received a PC release only for Japan via DMM Game Player  back in March.

The game tells the story of a man in his thirties living in Tokyo, traveling to Shimane Prefecture in order to find an old penpal, but things are much more complicated than they seem, and mysteries pile onto each other revelation after revealtion.  The character design by LovePlus artist Mino Taro gives Root Letter a charming look.

The Steam page can be found here, marking the release window as “coming soon, 2017.” It also includes a feature list and system requirements.

Root Letter Features:

  • An intense murder mystery set in a gorgeous, real-word, rural Japanese setting.
  • Stunning Visual Novel artwork from the renowned artist Minoboshi Taro.
  • Increased gameplay elements – search for clues, present evidence and explore environments.
  • Travel freely around Shimane, visiting real world locations and interviewing suspects.
  • Interrogation mode allows you to present evidence to characters and catch them out in lies.
  • Unravel the truth from your pen-friend’s letters – was she telling the truth, was she even real?
  • Make difficult choices as you straddle an investigation spanning 15 years.
  • Five different endings with wildly different routes – for a huge level of replayability.
  • Incredible Soundtrack from composer Takashi Nitta and lead voice actor role for Noriko Hidaka (Ranma)


    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Celeron G540
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: HD audio
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Player 11


    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600, VRAM 2GB, 1920×1080
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: HD audio
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Player 11

The game is published directly by Kadokawa Games, without going through the publisher that brought the PS4 and PS Vita versions. At the moment we know that it sold about 200,000 copies worldwide, and the Steam release will probably help grow that number.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game and want to know whether it’s good, you can read our full review. It’s definitely an unique game, providing the player with a charming look at a little known region of Japan and am intriguing mystery story. You can also read our interview with Director Zin Hasegawa.

If you want to play the game in English, but can’t wait for the Steam version, of if you prefer consoles, it’s currently available for PS4 and PS Vita. You can also see plenty of screenshots below.

 /  Executive News Editor
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