The Caligula Effect to be Released in North America and Europe on May 2, 2017, Story Trailer

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Atlus USA has announced that the FuRyu developed PlayStation Vita RPG The Caligula Effect will be released in North America and Europe, as a digital download title, on May 2, 2017.

A story trailer for the game has been released alongside the announcement.

Story Trailer

A digital prison filled with brainwashed high-school students, evil musicians, and an all-powerful virtual idol awaits, because The Caligula Effect is coming to the Americas and Europe on May 2! Originally known as Caligula in Japan, ATLUS and FURYU Corporation have partnered to localize/release JRPG The Caligula Effect as a PlayStation®Vita digital download title.

Players will follow the exploits of the Go-Home Club, a tight-knit group of Kishimai High School students who’ve discovered that their lives are nothing more than a virtual charade. They’ve come to realize that the world their living in is actually Mobius, a virtual reality construct created and ruled by an omnipotent virtual idol known as μ (pronounced myoo). This ragtag group of students must encounter crazed students known as Digiheads, battle malevolent musicians, confront the almighty μ, and face their deepest inner-traumas before tasting the sweet nectar of freedom.

Screenshots

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, [email protected], and more!
The Caligula Effect will feature its original Japanese audio, and will be available in the Americas and Europe on May 2 as a PlayStation®Vita digital download title. The game is rated T by the ESRB and pricing information will be revealed at a later date. For more information, please visit http://atlus.com/caligulaeffect
The official English website for The Caligula Effect has been launched, and it is rated T by the ESRB for Violence, Sexual Themes and Language.

This follows the recent news that the game would possibly be renamed to The Caligula Effect for its Western release.

  • I hope the story’s good. But it’s made by Tadashi, so I think it’ll be interesting.

    Although I’m more worried about the framerate drops, I really hope it’s a problem of the recording and not the game’s.

    • vileBrenman

      sadly its not the recording the Japanese version had the same awful frame rate….

      • Jason Ryer

        Does the patch fix anything Framerate wise.

  • sillyfudgemonkeys

    Guess this means no dub? I figured since it was digital but I was hoping they’d rope in the P5 cast since it’s so close together….. It sucks that Mind Zero gets a dub but not this? ;w;

    • Jason Ryer

      This was mention back in june subs only.

      • sillyfudgemonkeys

        Really? I only remember them saying it was digital only. :/ Unless digital automatically means subs….. Ehhh I’ll check the article out later and I’ll take your word for it. Still wished we at least got a dub….. Mind 0 got a dub….I know different publisher but……it’s Mind 0. ;w;

        • Jason Ryer

          The release will keep the original Japanese audio, and will be a download-only title.

          http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-06-17/atlus-usa-furyu-to-release-caligula-ps-vita-game-in-n-america-europe/.103341

          • sillyfudgemonkeys

            Ah thanks! Tbh I didn’t see that cause I think I only saw the article on here (and/or siliconera)…..was that info kept out of those articles? Ehhhh doesn’t matter…..still wished we got a dub…. ;w;

          • Jason Ryer

            heres gematsu
            http://gematsu.com/2016/06/caligula-coming-west-via-psn-spring-2017

            but yea this, tokyo Xan/Xan ex+, AND uta 2 NEEDED DUBS.

          • sillyfudgemonkeys

            Ok, good to know (also yay new website to look at XD)

            TotallY! ;w; Wait is Tokyo Xan not getting a dub either? D8 I know we aren’t getting either for a little bit….. oh man why aren’t the good “Persona clones” not getting dubs but Mind 0 does? ;w; (also what’s uta?)

          • Jason Ryer

            http://gematsu.com/2017/03/utawarerumono-mask-deception-launches-may-23-americas-europe

            A good decently known in the anime community circles game from aquaplus tears of tiara 2 dungeon traveler 2 devs.

          • sillyfudgemonkeys

            OH! Yeah that! Sorry I didn’t know the abbreviation. XD And man that really does stink that it’s not getting a dub. :/

            Neat!

          • Jason Ryer

            Xanadu i believe was listed on a twitter post as being subbed so I dont know atm. Aksys the guys who did mind 0 is doing it.

          • sillyfudgemonkeys

            Maybe we’ll get sub and dub then? Hopefully they’ll pull through and give us dub (uta is being published by Atlus if I’m correct, if not I have no idea why they keep spamming their twitter about it XP). But….if Aksys gave Mind0 a dub they should give Xanadu one (if not at least the update release one that will be release later in the year)….I’m just gonna hope they’ll at least dub eX+ version. :’D ;w;

  • Warren Kei Snow

    Awe just digital…I’ll still by it but I didn’t want to have to buy another memory card. It looks interesting nonetheless.

  • vileBrenman

    The premise and music are great but the frame-rate sure looks awful…