Nippon Icchi Software America announces the release date of visual novel Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness – for both North American and European audiences.

Popular anime series Psycho-Pass has a well-established name among the anime crowd. Since 2012, it has spawned manga, novelizations, and finally a visual novel game. Now fans in the West can finally enjoy 2015’s (originally X-Box One released) Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness on their PlayStation Vita (or PS4) console for the first time thanks to publisher NIS America.

In 2113, the government in this society has advanced technological developments that allow one’s mental state and disposition to be quantified and profiled. In other words, with only the mere intent of behaving in a criminal manner, your mental state would be profiled in your “Psycho-Pass”, resulting in potential imprisonment or even death. This system is the government’s omniscient eyes of justice.

The Psycho-Pass is broken into two main components. One of the components is the Hue, a visual representation that conveys a person’s stress level. The other is a Crime Coefficient, a numerical value representing a person’s criminal capacity. This numerical value determines whether an individual requires enforcement by the detectives of the Public Safety Bureau.

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place during the same timespan as the first series of the anime and features new characters to help flesh out the series lore and backstory. The game will feature full vocal performances with the original Japanese voice cast.

The player will choose between two playable detectives; Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a calm and serious Inspector with no memories, or hot-headed Takuma Tsurugi, an Enforcer trying to find his missing friend. As you progress through the game you will be assigned cases with choices that will affect the overall outcome of the story.

Be warned – every choice you make has its own repercussions and could end the game sooner than expected.

NIS America also launched the official English website and gave us all a slew of new screenshots to pour over. Among these images were minimal profiles for three of the game’s auxiliary characters.

Details were spotted regarding special editions for both the Vita and PS4 versions of the game available through the official NIS America online store and Amazon. These plush packages with a collectable box for storage, a soundtrack CD of select in-game music, three 7×10 pencil boards, an adorable microfiber cloth, and a 72-page artbook. Serious fans can pre-order these deluxe packages now!


Decisions, detectives and dire situations await those that play Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness when it releases on September 13 in North America and September 16, 2016 in Europe.

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  • Jenny Jones

    Awesome 🙂 looking forward to this!