Both visual novel and otome fans were over the moon to hear about the Amnesia: Memories English announcement back in May. Since then fans have been giddy in anticipation to hear about the game’s heart pounding romance, longingly admiring its gorgeous CGs and character profiles, and wantonly waiting for a specific release date. Well, I have some good news for you passionate Casanovas! Amnesia: Memories will be coming to PS Vita and Steam on August 25, 2015, for North America, and Europe will be receiving an exclusive PS Vita digital download on August 26, 2015! The digital edition will also be compatible with PlayStation TV.
About Amnesia: Memories
On the 1st of August, you awake as the Heroine, with previous memories of who you are somehow snatched away from you. In your confusion, a mysterious spirit named Orion appears to help you regain your memories. You’ll explore your own world as a complete stranger, trying to understand what was once familiar all while hiding your condition from the five men close to you. Because, as Orion warns, you may jeopardize any chance of recovering your memories if anyone finds out. It’s now up to you recover the past to rewrite your future love story!
• Love Your Own Way! Select one of five guys as your love interest, each with multiple branching story paths. Picking your romantic interest creates different background scenarios for each character, essentially creating many distinct worlds with more than 20 endings!
• Affection, Trust, and…Suspicion?! Three parameters affect your relationship with your future love. Make the right conversation choices, and you’ll keep Affection and Trust maxed out, but if Suspicion gets too high you’ll be at risk of a Bad Ending!
• College Games Use touch controls to play mini-games like Rock, Paper, Scissors and Air Hockey against other characters. Beating them will unlock special images!
• A Picture, 1000 Words Meet certain requirements and you’ll be able to unlock voiced images in the Gallery. Touching certain areas of the image will play dialogue of feelings that couldn’t be previously expressed.
Amnesia: Memories features some very interesting mechanics, with successful text options also being subject to successful conditions. If your boyfriend doesn’t trust you, then it’s game over with a bad ending! How well these mechanics fit in with the gameplay will be interesting to find out. Fans will also be happy to hear that the visual novel is fully voiced in Japanese.
So far, Idea Factory has released character profiles for three characters: Heroine, Shin and Kent.
The heroine is a young woman who one day finds herself having huge gaps in her memory. This happens to her, not once, but five times as she experiences various different timelines. The timelines are represented as symbols from a deck of cards: Heart, Spade, Club, Diamond and Joker. In each case she is told she has a boyfriend, a gentleman who is different depending on which card the player picks, but who is present in every timeline despite whoever her current love interest is. The heroine goes through a confusing, shocking and emotional time as she tries to get to grips with who she really is.
Shin is a bold but distant young man. He abruptly wakes the heroine up in her hospital bed with a kiss. He claims to be both the heroine’s childhood friend and lover. He is earnest and very loyal to those he is close to, but is very cold to others. His father committed murder, which lead Shin to grow up rather stoic. Shin represents the Heart timeline.
Kent is cool and logical. His personality is rather Spock-like at times, as he tends to speak rather clinically. He is a math graduate who finds amusement in phenomena that can’t clearly be explained by logic. He observes the people around him the same way a scientist would observe an experiment. For this brusque boyfriend, even love needs to be explained by logic. Kent represents the Clover timeline.
Although Idea Factory has not yet released all character profiles, they have released screenshots of four other key characters: Ikki (silver hair, Spade timeline), Toma (blonde hair, Diamond timeline), Ukyō (green hair, Joker timeline) and Orion (purple hair, a helpful fairy).
No one can deny how beautiful the art is, nor can anyone say that the characters don’t appear interesting. For those of you who want to get a clearer picture of Amnesia: Memories’ plot, I would recommend watching the 2013 anime produced by Brain’s Base. I’m very excited about this otome game, especially as it now has a concrete release date, and a close one at that! I’ll see you in the next Amnesia: Memories update, otome fans!
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