Investigate Poltergeists And Precognition In Nippon Ichi’s New Vita Game

By Spencer . August 15, 2012 . 4:22pm

si1Nippon Ichi’s next PlayStation Vita title, Special Report Division, has players investigate the paranormal and report their findings on a TV show.

 

Each mission starts out with evidence gathering where you video tape an event and interview people on the scene. Then players analyze the footage and try to figure out what really happened. Before a broadcast begins, you can pick different ways to explain the unusual event and what the news anchor reports to the public changes the direction of the story.

 

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A mysterious man from the broadcast TV ethics department watches the News Flash program you produce in the shadows.

 

In one case you investigate a poltergeist by staying overnight in a decrypted resort, abandoned after the economic bubble burst in Japan. Is this an elaborate hoax or is there something supernatural here?

 

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A darker case involves a gas station that is set ablaze when a truck crashes into it. It looks like an accident, but a staff member appears to have predicted the event with a scribbly drawing a poem that predicts the victim will have an agonizing demise in a sea of fire.

 

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  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    Hmm… still looks pretty interesting. I hope it gets localized. I am willing to buy it.

    • AnimusVox

      Yeah, NISA is usually ok about localizing the niche games so hopefully we’ll get this too. The Vita is hurtin for games too.

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        We’re very fortunate it’s a Nippon Ichi title, as NISA usually localize all of their recent games, as you mentioned already. Otherwise we could’ve buggered (or bugged, which one is the proper term to use here? – I’m not a native speaker, sorry) the guys at Xseed ^^.

  • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

    Vita is on fire. After THAT GC press conference (despite the disappointing showing of COD, which could’ve been a major system seller for COD addicts) Vita’s western prospect seem brighter than ever. Sony’s own studios are developing for it – damn, Killzone: Mercanary and Tearaway looked hot – and ACIII: Liberation is all the 3rd party support Vita needs this holiday season in the west. 

    Those games won’t put Japanese charts on fire but they will have an impact on western sales. Tokushu Houdoubu, however, is exactly what Japan needs to warm to Sony’s fledgling handheld. Those are Japan-centric games, that alongside Time Travelers will most likely never be localized. 
    I couldn’t be more excited for it, especially as Kiyohara Hiro’s art is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. 

    TGS will be exciting this year. Sony already announced a slew of hi-quality new IP for Vita and PS3, can’t wait what they have in store at TGS.

    • Budgiecat

      PSP is still on fire. I really haven’t seen anything thats made me want to jump out and buy a Vita. Now if 3DS localizes Project X Zone, I’ll be all over that..

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        You see my friend, that’s exactly Sony’s biggest issue in Japan right now. As long as there’s (third party) support for PSP gamers simply won’t have a convincing reason to upgrade to PSV. But I’m glad to read your comment, proves that tastes in gaming are quite varied. Here are my couple of reasons that would’ve made me buy a Vita if I didn’t own one already:

        Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta
        Tokushu Houdoubu (Special Report Division // Special News Department)
        Time Travelers
        Soul Sacrifice
        Sine Mora
        Miku
        ACIII: Liberation
        NFS Most Wanted
        Guacamelee
        Bioshock Vita
        P4 Golden
        Dokuro

        At GC Sony added the following titles to my list:

        Tearaway
        Killzone: Mercenary

        • LynxAmali

          Look at the PS2. That thing survived til 2009/2010.

          If something sells, why cut support for a platform?

          • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

            You’re right, Sony probably won’t as it sells well each week (60k units per month are not too shabby). I just mean it’s kinda counter-productive to Vita’s success. Why should a majority of Japanese gamers upgrade to Vita when they’re perfectly cool with PSP’s huge library and new releases each week? It’s a problem Sony have to solve. I just want a steady support for Vita, that’s all. GC eased my mind already, TGS can only mean more love for Vita.

  • Carocaro4

    Oh Vita you’re looking mighty tasty right now. 

  • Göran Isacson

    I do like how the player gets too decide what’s “real” and what’s not, but I wonder if this will ever see a release on Western shores…

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    If this and other Japanese games were released in the West, I would buy a Vita immediately.

    Sadly, that is not the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    I hope NISA could bring this game.

  • Safros9

    I think it would make sense to localize this as soon as possible. Since I have no doubts that because there are so few games on the Vita at the moment that people have tried games that they would have never tried before. Example: Disgaea 3. I know plenty of people who have never played or heard of Disgaea and yet have gotten it for the Vita just because it looks interesting and how people (Me usually to friends) always talk about it’s near endless replay value along with other great things. Corpse Party was an interesting game, and I think that sold pretty well. This game seems to be somewhat (I empathize the somewhat)  in the same vein as that one and could potentially sell pretty decently. Or maybe I’m just hoping.

  • Astrid Huang

    I hope this gets localization.. We need more investigation games like this!

  • XypherCode

    Food for my Vita :))

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This investigation game does  looks great there. NiSA really should try bringing this game here  considering the current Vita state where games are still kinda scarce and gamer who own the consoles would not afraid to try certain niche genre there.^_^

  • Darkrise

    That art style is just so attractive! I really hope NISA will localize this! I’d buy this day 1, even if I don’t have a Vita by then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stale.laastad Ståle Laastad

    This type of artwork and Anime style looked great on the psp, but it will look supreme on the Vita!
    If NISA is unsure, they should just start a kickstarter site, im sure a lot of people want to pre-order this.
     

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    Need this on my pre-order list~

  • Kitestwinblades

    This is the game they said would utilize all the features of the vita, right?
    I’m not going to hesitate when NISA sends out that a newsletter of this baby :3

  • Solomon_Kano

    NISA! You know the deal!

  • http://www.fogalchemist.com/ caleb1993

    A very interesting sounding game. I definitely hope that NISA will pick this up. However, even if it isn’t localized, I’ll be importing this as it seems far too appealing to pass up. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    Mystery solving + PARANORMAL + Making a TV show!!!? NIIIISSSAAAA~

  • Chris Downes

    This is on my wish list :D

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Want.

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