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Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Launches in July on Steam

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Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse

A total eclipse is coming in just under a month’s time. More specifically, visual novel Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse is landing on PC. The announcement comes courtesy of aNCHOR, which developed this version of the game. Formally titled Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered, the game lands on July 20, 2022. This will be the first time Total Eclipse is made officially available in English.

Check out the game’s opening below.

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered is an enhanced rerelease of the titular spin-off, which is based on the world and storyline of Age’s Muv-Luv series. Though typically framed as a trilogy, Muv-Luv’s three story arcs: Extra, Unlimited, and Alternative are more like counterparts to each other rather than direct continuations. Extra is framed as a romantic comedy, with protagonist Takeru struggling to choose between the women in his life. Unlimited throws Takeru into an alternate timeline from Extra, where Earth is at war with mysterious aliens called the BETA. There he joins the military and pilots a Tactical Surface Fighter (TSF) mecha against the invaders. Alternative is a sequel of sorts to Unlimited, involving time travel.

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse was originally a novel series, but it received an anime adaptation in 2012 and a visual novel adaptation in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The visual novel was then remastered for this release on PC. It tells a standalone story, focusing on different characters and a different perspective of humanity’s war against the BETA. Written by series creator Yoshimune Kouki, the story takes place in Project Prominence, a TSF development initiative based in Alaska. It’s centered around Yuuya Bridges, a hotshot test pilot who is reassigned to Argus Flight, a joint American/Japanese team. The team is tasked with building and testing a new next-generation TSF for Japan. However, personality clashes within the team, particularly between Yuuya and his superior, Yui Takamura, turn the atmosphere tense.

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered launches on PC via Steam on July 20, 2022. A free-to-play mobile spin-off called Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative launched in Japan on March 17, 2022. An action-based spin-off called Project Mikhail: A Muv-Luv War Story is available in early access on Steam.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.