Virtual reality (VR) development studio MyDearest Inc are getting ready for the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for Tokyo Chronos, a title that the studio describes as being a ‘VR mystery novel’. Attendees at Anime Expo 2018 will also get the chance to learn more about the title with a playable demo and panel discussion.
Tokyo Chronos is a character-based VR visual novel that uses the immersion of VR to involve the player in the story. The creators behind the project have been involved in several well-known properties such as Sword Art Online and CLANNAD.
The creators are planning on launching the Kickstarter campaign on 10th July. It has not yet been confirmed how much the team are attempting to raise, but some of the creative team, including director Haruki Kashiwakura and producer Kazuma Miki say they will be keeping backers and fans informed on new developments during the campaign, including information on characters and voice actors, as well as insights into the development process.
Those who are lucky enough to attend Anime Expo 2018 will be able to try out an exclusive playable demo of the title by visiting the South Hall, Booth #4418. Some of the creators of the project will also be present to discuss Tokyo Chronos as part of a panel titled: New Era of Visual Novel: Dive Into the Screen with VR Technology.
Very little is currently known about Tokyo Chronos, a brief, tantalising synopsis is all that has been unveiled so far concerning the plot, reading as follows:
When, and why, have we become separated?
A group of eight childhood friends —
The time has come for the truth to be revealed.
Trapped in an empty, deserted Shibuya where time has frozen over.
A strange world where the eight disappear one by one.
— I am dead. Who killed me?
If crowdfunding is successful, Tokyo Chronos is expected to be released in early 2019 for Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. VRFocus will be sure to bring you further updates as they becomes available.