Spike Chunsoft announced during their press conference at GDC that they would be localizing 428: Shibuya Scramble. 428 was a critically well received visual novel (Japan’s Famitsu gave the game a 40/40) that debuted on Nintendo’s Wii in 2008. 428 notably relied on live action footage and pictures for its presentation, in lieu of the more commonly used hand drawn art found in most visual novels.
From the press kit:
A kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya brings together a hot-blooded detective, hard-hitting journalist, former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer stuck in cat costume for a series of events each more unexpected and outrageous than the last. Can they—or the city itself—make it through the day?
Real Actors and Locations: 428: Shibuya Scrambleuses a mix of still photography and live action footage for a cinematic gaming experience that pulls you on a whirlwind tour of downtown Tokyo
Tangled Fates: An innocent choice by one character can have disastrous consequences for another. Unravel the narrative threads, discover how they tie together and use the JUMP system to move between scenarios as five stories run in parallel.
Easter Egg Hunt: Sometimes the wrong decision can lead to the right outcome, or at least an amusing game over. With over 50 endings, multiple bonus modes and extra scenarios, there’s more to the city than there seems.