Famitsu has shared news regarding the next incoming entry of the Science Adventure franchise, Anonymous;Code, by highlighting its mechanics, various character profiles, and renders.
You can view each of the newly unveiled character renders below alongside respective profile translations by our team’s Ryuji:
Takaoka Pollon – Voiced by Shōya Chiba –
“Giving help to the nameless people in need! That’s the Nakano Symphonies’s motto!”
The game’s protagonist. He’s the founder of Nakano Symphonies, a two-man team that works around Nakano to help people in need. His dream is to become a cool hero that everyone admires. His main profession is as a hacker, but his hacking skills are not outstanding. He uses his “inspiration” and fearlessness to sneak into various places and obtain information by playing tricks on his opponents.
Aizaki Momo – Voiced by Shiina Natsukawa – “I’m sorry for keeping it shut, but I need to tell you! I’m being chased!”
The heroine of the game. A young girl that Takaoka meets by coincidence, after waiting for “his promised partner” who never showed up. Someone is after her, and Takaoka, unable to leave someone in trouble, agrees to help her out. She is not familiar with digital gadgets.
Yumikawa Cross – Voiced by Tomokazu Sugita –
“Getting too cocky so soon is both a good thing and a bad thing for you.”
Takaoka’s best friend and partner. Often goes by Cross. He is able to analyze information very efficiently and is very knowledgeable. He analyzes various pieces of information to support Takaoka’s physical intrusions. He is a highly skilled hacker. Sometimes acts like an older brother, given the age gap between him and Takaoka.
Maki Wind – Voiced by Hiroyuki Takanaka – “I bring with me some good news! I got my hands on some truly priceless information!”
A Nakano high schooler who aims to become an informant. He is cheerful, familiar, but has a pleasant personality that allows him to quickly recognize the good qualities of others, and although he enjoys the work done by Cross and Takuya, he refuses to become part of the team, saying he wants to be “the only informant in Nakano”.
Ozutani Tengen – Voiced by Shunsuke Sakuya – “The deepest wounds can’t heal that easily. Everyone keeps their heart under a lid.”
A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades who works in a detective agency in Nakano. Often goes by “Oz”. He is a middle-aged man with a languid appearance, but he has excellent investigative and negotiation skills, and knows a lot about the occult, urban legends, and conspiracy theories.
Hosho Nonoka – Voiced by Hina Kino – “All right! The Beauty Genius Nonoka will gracefully offer her hand to help!”
A hacker and gadget developer who works at the Kozutani Tengen Detective Agency. Known as Nonno. Despite her appearance, she is a cheeky girl who is not afraid of adults, and is absolutely confident in her talent. She has many friends at school because of her cheerful personality.
Kurashina Bambi – Voiced by Ayano Yamamoto – I’m a full-fledged police officer, and I hope you become a fan of my work!
A 19-year old girl who’s in charge of the “Cyber Force Doll,” an idol unit that the Cyber Countermeasures Office of the Metropolitan Police Department formed. She has been a police officer since April, and has only been in the field for a few months. She is serious about her duties and gives her all in everything she does, but tends to be a bit of a klutz. In addition to her police officer work, she also practices as an idol every day.
Sawai Riko – Voiced by Okaki Haruka – “Watch it, Bambi! This isn’t the time for screwing around―we’re at work!”
A member of Cyber Force Dolls, and Kurashima Bambi’s senior by a year. She was forced to participate in an audition for Cyber Force Doll, and although she was not keen on it, she ended up getting scouted as a member. She is always serious about her work and never cuts corners.
Kyogoku Iroha – Voiced by Mariko Honda – “Slack off at work and the higher-ups will get angry, you know~?”
A member of Cyber Force Dolls. She is the oldest member and the most senior police officer. She is friendly and acts as a manager. She is soft-spoken, but has a strong sense of self and is not swayed by the opinions of those around her.
Samezu Kaoru – Voiced by Yōji Ueda – “Remember to wear a cute smile at all times.”
The head of the Cyber Countermeasures Office of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Cyber Countermeasures Division and the boss of Bambi and her crew. He was forced by his superiors to plan the “Cyber Force Doll” project, and so he studies a lot on the aspects he does not understand.
Though he may look like a serious and formal guy due to his appearance and behavior, he is actually a person who can respond flexibly to any situation. He was an excellent hacker when he was a student, and was immediately recognized for his abilities and selected as the head of the office at a very young age.
Next, information regarding game mechanics was provided, viewable below:
Hack Triggers Instead of Choices!
In Anonymous;Code, the scenario branches by “hacking triggers” instead of doing multiple-choice events. At certain points in the game, the player can suggest when to use Takaoka’s “Save & Load” application.
The decision to perform a save and load is left to Takaoka, and will only be performed if he agrees to do it. The player can suggest the best timing, and have the Save & Load executed, helping Takaoka make the decision.
This cooperative relationship between the player and Takaoka is the key to moving the story forward.
Takaoka’s Mysterious App
The “Save & Load” app that Takaoka has allows you to save the “present” and then load that data to “go back in time”. Although Takaoka is usually in control of the “Save & Load” app, players can also use the data slots and save points that Takaoka can use.
Upon making your choice, the “Manga Trigger” is triggered here. This has intense action scenes and difficult explanations shown in a fast-paced, easy-to-understand manner by following the frames of a comic strip. It also expresses the divergent results of hacking triggers.
Anonymous;Code is releasing in Japan on July 28, 2022, for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
Chaos;Head Noah / Chaos;Child Double Pack is releasing for Nintendo Switch in the West on October 7, 2022.
Chaos;Head Noah / Chaos;Child Double Pack is a physical release of the collection that includes both games, a Steelbook, and the lingerie DLC. Regarding this, the official website states that the fictitious waifu, Seira Orgel, will not adorn her lingerie costume DLC for the North American and European releases.
Chaos:Head Noah can be seen as the director’s cut version of the original Chaos;Head which was a PC-only release in Japan. Noah added character routes and released for several consoles in Japan. Unfortunately, no edition of Chaos;Head has ever received an official localization.
Chaos;Child is a visual novel taking place 6 years after Chaos;Head Noah, focusing on a new group of protagonists. This title did receive an official English localization from publisher PQube on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and by publisher Spike Chunsoft on PC via Steam.