The Caligula Effect Will Now Arrive in Europe on May 9
It’s almost time to break out of digital prison, but those of you in the EU will have to wait a little longer because The Caligula Effect will now release in Europe on May 9. The game will still be available in the Americas on May 2.
So how does a group of freedom seeking high-schoolers escape from the virtual reality construct/prison known as Mobius? Well, they need to fight their way out of, course! You’ll need to utilize the Imaginary Chain battle system to unleash carefully coordinated attacks that yield maximum damage. Basically, planning is key.
When battles start, the party’s attack order is based on the order you selected. You’ll then get to go down the line and select each character’s action. Pretty standard so far, right? The neat thing about the Imaginary Chain system is that you can preview a selected move for each character and see the end result, how the enemies will react to it, as well as the actions of your other party members. Oh, and you can even adjust the timing of each move! Want to knock enemies airborne and juggle them with a brutal attack chain where everyone in the party contributes? You totally can! There are plenty of different ways to coordinate team attacks and you’ll even be awarded a letter grade after each sequence. Oh, and there are 500+ NPCs with various skills that can be added to the party, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different builds to use in battle!
Check out some battle screenshots below!
The Caligula Effect features:
- A human story set in a virtual world – Experience a dark story as the Go-Home Club does whatever it takes to escape the digital prison known as Mobius. The crew must defeat a group of evil music producers (known as the Ostinato Musicians) who have been working with μ, and come face-to-face with their own black secrets/desires. Written by Persona series veteran Tadashi Satomi(Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment), players will fight towards freedom as they examine the ugly psychological issues that plague the various characters in the game.
- Multiple relationships to nurture – There are 500+ NPCs to recruit into the party to be used in combat. Each has a preassigned class (such as offense, support, etc…) and have a unique background story that’ll slowly be uncovered by completing various quests. Oh, but there’s only 4 characters in a party, so choose your teammates wisely!
- A strategic battle system – The game features a unique battle system called “Imaginary Chain” that makes encounters an exercise in planning. Once enemies are encountered, players will seamlessly transition into battles where they can choose from 100+ skills to unleash on their enemies. While choosing skills, players can adjust timing and see a simulated preview of their attack before committing to it. Maximize damage by creating deadly attack chains between party members and don’t let enemies catch their breath!
- Music by celebrated producers – It’s only fitting that a game about fighting musicians features original songs by celebrated Japanese producers such as OSTER project, 40mP, 164, cosMo@Bousou-P, and more!
The Caligula Effect will feature its original Japanese audio, and will be available in the Americas on May 2 and Europe on May 9 as a PlayStation®Vita digital download title for $39.99/€39.99/£29.99. The game is rated T by the ESRB and for more information, please visit http://atlus.com/caligulaeffect.
The game will launch as a deluxe bundle that includes a ton of digital goodies! So what will you get when you pick up your PS Vita and venture into Mobius on May 2/May 9? Well, you’ll get a theme featuring μ and various characters, 19 avatars, AND a swimsuit costume DLC pack for $39.99/€39.99/£29.99! Just check out the glam shot below!