Greetings, my fellow doods! Chris King from NIS America here to give you some fresh information on our upcoming title Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness.
We are happy to officially announce that the game is coming to PS4 and PS Vita in North America on September 13!
History and Story
For those who may not know much about Psycho-Pass, allow me to share with you a brief history of this highly recommended series.
Psycho-Pass originally began as an anime television series airing in Japan in 2014. The anime received critical praise and quickly made its way to the West, growing popular within the anime community. Written by Gen Urobuchi — best known for his dark style and unforgiving plot twists — Psycho-Pass tells a dystopian sci-fi tale for the ages.
In 2113, the government in this society has advanced technological developments that allow one’s mental state and disposition to be quantified and profiled. In other words, with only the mere “intent” of behaving in a criminal manner, your mental state would be profiled as such in your “Psycho-Pass,” resulting in potential imprisonment or even death. This system is the government’s omniscient eyes of justice.
The Psycho-Pass is broken into two main components. One of the components is the Hue, which is a visual representation that conveys a person’s stress level. The other is a Crime Coefficient, a numerical value representing a person’s criminal capacity. This numerical value determines whether an individual requires enforcement by the detectives of the Public Safety Bureau.
Developed by MAGES, creators of the well-received “Science Adventure” series (Chaos:Head, Steins;Gate, Robotic;Notes), Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place during the timespan of the first season of the anime series and adds backstory and world building to the overall story, as well as in-depth storylines to each of the newly introduced characters.
You choose between two new playable characters: Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a calm and serious Inspector whose memories were wiped away, or Takuma Tsurugi, a hot-headed Enforcer who is searching for his missing childhood friend. As you proceed through the game you are given different cases and must decide on the best course of action for each given situation. Some decisions may lead you towards the right path, and some may lead you closer to… something else.
Be warned: every choice you make has its own repercussions and could end the game sooner than expected.
Fully voiced by the original Japanese anime voice actors, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness comes with new characters, new plotlines, and all of your favorites from season 1 of the anime series. It’s truly a game you can immerse yourself into.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness will be available not only on PlayStation Store and at retail as a standard PS4 and PS Vita title, but also as a limited edition! For more information about the game and limited edition, check out our official website.
That’s all the information I have for you guys! We are still early in the localization process, but I will definitely have more once we get a little closer to the release date, so please look forward to it. For the time being, we highly recommend checking out the anime series.
Thank you all and please look forward to Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness this September for PS4 and Vita!