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Chaos;Child Is The Latest Japanese Export To Make The Western Jump


The widely acclaimed – by both by critics and fans – video game Chaos;Child is going to be the latest Japanese export to make the jump over to Western audiences later this year. The game is slated to release on PS4 and PS Vita in Q3 of 2017 — so sometime in the chaotic fall crush of new video games. You know, that insane pre-holiday period? Yep.

The game was published and developed in Japan by Mages Inc and 5pb, and was a massive hit on the Japanese game circuit. The move to bring it over to American and European audiences is a pretty solid decision. While it is something of a JRPG darling, and those do have a smaller audience in the west, this is definitely one I see catching on with the Japanophile crowd pretty quick.

The biggest tip: it's got a wonderful tie-in anime that's available on everyone's favorite anime streaming service, Crunchyroll. Oh, and also I want to play it, that's also a bit of a tip, but only slightly.


Chaos;Child is part of the Science Adventure Series, the visual novel series that also spawned the critically acclaimed Steins;Gate. Taking place in Tokyo several years after an earthquake has nearly destroyed the Shibuya district, it follows Takuru Miyashiro, a high school student who lost his parents in the earthquake, and his group of friends.

When a series of bizarre murder cases take place in Shibuya, Takuru notices that the dates of the murders match up with a series of murders that happened six years before. Using this knowledge, Takuru and his friends begin to investigate and find themselves embroiled in a dangerous murder mystery.

So, you know. The usual JRPG fare.

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Madeline RicchiutoAbout Madeline Ricchiuto

Madeline Ricchiuto is a gamer, comics enthusiast, bad horror movie connoisseur, writer and generally sarcastic human. She also really likes cats and is now Head Games Writer at Bleeding Cool.
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