Bandai Namco recently conducted an interview with Takumi Miyajima, the scenario writer of Scarlet Nexus and Tales of Arise. Throughout this interview, Miyajima provides insight into their creative process and inspirations for the former title.
Since they were a child, Miyajima was intrigued by the unknowns of the brain. Society’s lack of complete understanding about the brain coupled with analogies to it being akin to a computer gradually led to the premise of Scarlet Nexus, where brains are connected with technology to perform supernatural feats.
Miyajima then explains how their writing style comprises adequately setting up the world’s elements and history before diving into characterization so the team can have a more consistent, firm grasp on how to connect threads together.
Regarding the primary cast’s creation, much effort was centralized into favoring character reactions to each other’s traits and mannerisms, so their relationships could feel believable and cohesive as the story progressed. Yuito was specifically tailored to be empathetic, sincere, and kind, while Kasane was eccentric and distant. This contrast was made purposefully to simultaneously highlight the two protagonists distinctly and make their eventual meetup impactful and sensical in execution.
One central facet of the writing was to ensure that death was meaningfully consequential. Since the world of Scarlet Nexus is more akin to our modern reality than Tales of Arise, a certain semblance of realism was injected, so the setting wasn’t deformed.
You can read the entirety of this interview with Takumi Miyajima via Bandai Namco’s official website. However, it is worth noting that there are story spoilers throughout this article, so view it at your own discretion.
In case you missed it, check out our review. Scarlet Nexus is currently available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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