The next issue of Famitsu is just now reaching a few hands, and as such we’re getting more details on the newly revealed Caligula.

We recently introduced you to a very vague bit of information from an upcoming game called Caligula, but now we’re back to give you a much better idea of what to expect from this school setting RPG – including story bits, gameplay details, music, and more.

To start, the game takes place in Mobius; a virtual reality world where the inhabitants repeatedly live out the three years of an ideal high school life – over and over again, with no recollection of the real world. It was created by the vocal software “μ,” who uses it to “save” those who were in despair in the real world. It doesn’t matter what you are on the outside, in Mobius everyone is a high schooler.

However, some of the students in this world begin to realize that the world they live in isn’t real. They form what they call the “return group,” seeking to find a way to return to the real world. There’s also a group called the “Ostinato,” which is a bunch of musicians that are opposed to the main characters. They compose music for μ and seek to destroy the return group.

As for the player, they’ll take control of the leader of the return group – exploring dungeons, and fighting battles. Battles will transition seamlessly from exploration, and are set up as a command-based orthodox system with combos. Defeating enemies will net you both experience and a chance at a dropped skill, allowing you to grow your character and customize your skill set. The game is built for depth in this regard.

Moving on, here are the musicians that offer music for μ:

  • KagiP (40mP) CV: Shouta Aoi
  • Sweet-P (Oster Project) CV: Emi Nitta
  • Shonen Doll (PolyphonicBranch) CV: Yumiri Hanamori
  • Mirei (Chouchou-P) CV: Eriko Nakamura
  • Ike-P (Asa) CV: Soma Saito
  • Shadow Knife (164) Yuma Uchida
  • ??? (YM) CV: ???
  • Sone (cosMo@Bousou-P) CV: Yuka Otsubo
  • ??? (Mikito-P) CV: ???

As for the theme song, it’s sung by Eriko Nakamura, Emi Nitta, and Yuka Otsubo.

Developed in part by Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment‘s Aquiria, and with sound by “Masuko,” Caligula is set to release in Japan on June 23rd.

It’ll be available for 6,980 yen – pre-orders including a visual booklet, a Caligula album CD, an application ticket to participate in a special event, and a product code for swimsuit outfits.

  • Yoyitsu

    That reminds me the plot of “Angel Beats”.

  • Buckybuckster

    Sounds really interesting but considering the games subject matter, it seems unlikely that we will see a western release. The “dispair” the protagonists suffer from comes from some sort of taboo they violated in real life. One is supposedly so controversial, many of the design team felt it shouldn’t be included in the game. However the story’s author insisted so it’s in there.

    A game with content that’s so questionable even the Japanese are queasy about it’s inclusion is surely a game who’s localization plans are DOA. I hope not.