“The trailer serves as the opening cinematic for the game and gives players a look at some of the many characters to befriend, locales to explore, and enemies to face throughout their journey,” the publisher explains in a press release. “The cinematic also showcases the game’s stunning art style, with its detailed, watercolour-inspired scenery and anime-influenced character designs over a musical backdrop provided by the original song Genfunkei sung by NaHo/QiSui, which sets the poignant tone.”
Pitched as “a nostalgic and beautifully recreated snapshot of rural Japan circa 1983,” this coming-of-age adventure from SIEG Games centres on protagonist Nini and his classmates as they seek to defeat the Kegai – demonic entities who have forced humanity to the brink of extinction.
Having been raised on a failed space station called Hope, Nini returns to Earth to spend his summer in one of humanity’s last remaining sanctuaries, Ashihara. Gifted with Demon Sight, he can use his special connection to the Gods to reset the world – each loop allowing him and his allies to relive the eighth month over and over until their efforts succeed.
The team behind the game includes senior producer Yoichi Miyaji (Lunar series, Grandia series), game designer Yuri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu), character designers Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online) and En Morikura (Kizuna Ai), concept artist Kitsuneiro (Amatsu Kitsune), mascot character designer Ryudai Murayama (Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin) and composer Noriyuki Iwadare (Ace Attorney series).
The publisher has outlined the game’s key features as below:
- Choices That Can Change the World: Loop8’s emotion-driven AI system responds to every action and decision players make. Characters’ emotions and stories will vary greatly based on player choices, making each playthrough wholly unique.
- A Beautiful Seaside Town Brimming with Mystery: A nostalgic and beautifully recreated snapshot of rural Japan circa 1983, Ashihara is home to a colorful cast of characters, each harboring their own secrets to uncover. Will players’ choices make them trusted allies…or mortal enemies?
- Live an Ordinary Life, Fight Extraordinary Enemies: Nini will build bonds with Ashihara’s residents while protecting the town from the ever-present threat of the Kegai, repeating the cycle to uncover how everyday actions impact battles in the Underworld, and vice versa.
- Relive the Past to Alter the Future: Though the deadline for humanity’s extinction draws ever closer, Ashihara’s fate remains in players’ hands. Repeatedly return to the start of August, alter Nini’s actions, and see how they turn the tides of destiny across multiple endings.
Loop8: Summer of Gods will release at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 6th June 2023.