Today Kadokawa Games announced the release of a demo for its upcoming mystery visual novel Root Film.
The demo will launch tomorrow (July 4) for PS4 and on Thursday, July 9, for Nintendo Switch. As far as we know, it’ll be exclusively in Japanese.
The demo includes the first chapter of the story of hero Rintaro Yagumo. It starts with a prologue and continues until he unveils a certain mystery triggered by the request for a TV series production.
On top of that, it provides a glimpse of some of the mechanics included in the game including the gathering of keywords to be used in conversations and MAX Mode to engage in a battle of wits against a character.
It’s worth mentioning that save games from the demo cannot be transferred to the finished game.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, here’s a handy description:
Root Film is about a TV series, called “Shimane Mystery Drama Project”, which was canceled for an unknown reason 10 years ago. To reboot the project, three teams consisting of a director and an actress have been cast, including 23-year-old Rintaro Yagumo, the main character of the game.
His excitement about this amazing opportunity is quickly curbed, when a horrible murder interrupts their location scouting process. Follow him and a cast of unique and memorable characters by character designer Taro Minoboshi as they are drawn deeper into the thrilling mystery of Root Film.
If you’d like to know more, you can check out our most recent interview focused on the game, the latest trailer featuring the theme song, first hour of gameplay, the latest screenshots, and the previous trailer.
Root Film has been announced for PS4 and Nintendo Switch and will release in Japan on July 30, 2020. The western release will come courtesy of PQube Games but doesn’t have a release date besides a generic “2020.” At the moment, we don’t know if a western version of the demo will be distributed down the line.