5pb. have quite a few major visual novels (or ADV games as they’re called in Japan) in development at the moment. In addition to Robotics;Notes, they’re working on a remake of Ever17, and this week, they revealed yet another new title via Famitsu.
Titled Dunamis15, this game takes place in the not so distant future. The story involves a time loop, similar to Flower, Sun and Rain or The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, where you experience the same events over and over again. Progressing through Dunamis15’s story means putting an end to the time loop. This ties in to the game’s main “hook.”
Dunamis15 uses what 5pb call a multi-site system. This refers to the fact that you play through the game while switching between different characters. In addition to this, you’ll also experience the five chapters of Dunamis15’s story from the perspective of five different main characters.
Togo Takatsuki is the lead character. He leads a dull life in the academy on Dumas Base, a lone island. While rushing to class because he slept in, Togo spots a strange girl. After the petite girl and Togo cross eyes, Togo’s life moves away from the mundane in a big way. Togo is about to graduate from school, but isn’t sure what direction his life will go in. Nanami, another playable character, is a ladies man. He’s popular with the girls in Dumas Base and is known for sneaking into the girl’s dorm at night. Hitohana is an honors student and a picturesque beauty. She’s known for being liked by boys and teachers plus her sense of humor. Manami yearns to fall in love and appears to be chasing Togo. Chihaya transferred from the mainland. She has a cool personality and due to a genetic abnormality her growth has been halted.
Unlike other 5pb ADV titles, this one is being developed as a multiplatform game for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from the get-go. Dunamis15 is planned for release this summer.