Square Enix has shared a brief launch trailer for their live-action FMV mystery title, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story. Alongside some stellar soundtrack teasing, a slight taste of the trials players will have to overcome is highlighted.
Nanami Sakuraba who plays the role of protagonist Haruka Kagami shared the following message commemorating the game’s release:
“The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a game that takes the form of a live-action drama surrounding the murders within the Shijima family that have taken place over a century, which the player will help the characters to solve.The in-game videos have been filmed in live action, so please keep an eye out for the subtle expressions, gestures and movements that can’t be captured in games that use CG graphics! I hope you’ll enjoy unravelling the mysteries behind the incident together with Haruka!”
Yuta Hiraoka who lends his talents as Eiji Shijima shared the following message:
“My first impression of this story that spans different time periods was to think, “Is this even possible?” and, “This script is really something!” The sheer volume of lines and the tight filming schedule were dizzying, but I think the choice to intentionally film sections that could quite plausibly have been created with CG in an analogue style lends a wonderful retro feel to the game and gives a greater sense of realism to the performance. I’d love for players to fully experience this story about the mysteries of the Shijima family, the murders, and love, that transcends time and space.”
You can view the launch trailer for The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story below:
Throughout this game, players witness the tragic tale of the Shijima family, who have experienced many familial deaths over the past 100 years. The protagonist is a mystery novelist named Haruka Kagami, who utilizes her detective prowess to investigate the four deaths that have plagued this family’s history.
High-quality cinematography and live-action gameplay are at the forefront of the experience to immerse players in several eras of Japan. Nanami Sakuraba plays the protagonist, and Haruka Kagami and Yuta Hiraoka play the Shijima family’s second son, Eiji Shijima.
The game is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
Those who purchase the game before May 19, 2022, will receive a 50-minute Behind the Scenes feature and a mini soundtrack composed by Yuki Hayashi, Daiki Okuno, Ryoshi Takagi, Shuichiro Fukuhiro, and Shogo Yamashiro.
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