It’s time to take another trip into a virtual world. The Caligula Effect 2, the follow-up to The Caligula Effect, was officially announced for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch! This news comes after publisher FuRyu filed a trademark for Caligula 2, leaving everyone abuzz of the possibility. Shortly afterward, NIS America announced they will be publishing the game in the West.
Check out a peek at the game from the recent Japanese Nintendo Direct:
Just like in the first game, you are stuck inside a virtual school trying to escape. The creator of this ideal world, aptly named Regret, created the world to set people free from their past…well, regrets. She is a virtual idol who lured people into the world of Redo to overcome their past and realize their dreams.
On the other end of the spectrum is χ, another virtual idol who grants you the power to destroy and escape the virtual world. She uses the power of song to help you.
Following her is the second generation Go-Home Club. Your aim is to destroy the virtual world of Redo and return to reality. However, the club’s real world is a terrible place to be in. Even their appearances don’t reflect reality, but a reflection of their past regrets. The game delves into the reason why they would want to give up paradise to return to a horrible world.
As with The Caligula Effect: Overdose, players are given an option between a female or male protagonist. With this character, you will take on the Obbligato Musicians: the protectors of Redo. With the power of music, they convince the people of the virtual world to follow and believe in Regret. A kernel of reality can be gleamed from the songs they sing.
Though The Caligula Effect 2 offers a new battle system, it still relies on predicting the future to see if your combos hit. By predicting these outcomes, you can build hard-hitting combos with your party members. The system is also said to be smooth enough for beginners to enjoy.
For more character art and screenshots, be sure to check out the game’s updated hub!
The staff has seen some small changes over the first game. Tadashi Satomi (of early Persona fame), is in charge of World Cooperation instead of the scenario this time. In his place, Takuya Yamanaka is handling the scenario along with his roles as Producer and Planning. Oguchi returns from the first game to do the character designs. Also returning is Tsukasa Masuko for sound. The game is being developed by Historia.
Lastly, NIS America revealed a limited edition of the game for the West. It includes the following items:
• The Caligula Effect 2 for PS4™ or Nintendo Switch™
• “The Artwork of The Caligula Effect 2” Hardcover Art Book
• “Regret and χ Vocal Collection” 2-Disc Soundtrack
• Tatefushi Academy School Bag
• “Regret and χ Vocal Collection” Digital Download + 3 Bonus Limited Edition-Exclusive Tracks
• Tatefushi Academy Student ID
• Collector’s Box
You can pre-order the limited edition for either PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch on NIS America’s store page.
The Caligula Effect 2 releases in Japan on June 24th and in the West sometime during Fall 2021. Japanese Publisher FuRyu plans to reveal more about the game through a video stream on February 27th at 20:00 JST. Stay tuned to RPGFan as we learn more! In the meantime, check out our review for the previous game, The Caligula Effect: Overdose!