Kadokawa Games’ newest visual novel Root Film is finally coming soon to the west courtesy of PQube, and it just got a new trailer.
Like the Ace Attorney series and its predecessor Root Letter, Root Film isn’t just a visual novel in which you sit back and read the story making the occasional choice. It actually has more involved interaction, and the trailer shows exactly that.
You can watch it below and see for yourself.
You can read more about Root Film below. It’s coming west on March 19 for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Hybrid of Two Genres
‘Root Film’ differs from a standard kinetic novel by fusing elements of both mystery themed visual novels with unique investigative and fighting-game-style mechanics to create an entirely unique experience for players.
Inspired to break the walls of the standard gameplay within the established visual novel genre, Kadokawa Games wanted players to draw from their personal intuition as well as pit them against rapid fire face-off mechanics as a central spoke of the games’ investigation mechanics.
Intuition is a vital asset for any budding detective, especially on the case of a mysterious and inexplicable string of murders. ‘Root Film’s Intuition mechanic allows players to dissect and assess in-game conversations with other characters.
Once activated, Intuition helps the player identify phrases, objects or clues that are essential to investigations and confrontations. By logging these small pieces of the puzzle, suspects can be pressed upon to uncover clues or leads in the investigation.
During the course of the investigation, the protagonist will spot keywords that cannot be ignored – identifying suspicious words or phrases using the Intuition system can activate Synesthesia, memorising that moment!
These critical pieces of information indicate clues, inconsistencies or leads that can later be drawn upon in Max Mode interrogations and debates to unravel a suspicious alibi, press for more details or unlock more clues.
After collecting enough keywords, players are able to confront suspects in Max Mode, a fast paced, reaction-based interrogation tactic, to press on suspects and expose their lies.
If you’d like to know more, you can check out our most recent interview focused on the game, a trailer featuring the theme song, the first hour of gameplay, the latest screenshots, and another trailer, and the previous promotional video.