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The Story Behind Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness

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The Story Behind Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
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Greetings, doods! Chris here from NIS America to give you some more exclusive information on Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, due to launch on September 13 as both a physical and digital release for PS4 and PS Vita.

For those unfamiliar with the game, check out our previous blog post back in April or visit our official website.

Mandatory Happiness?

The antagonist of the game, a hacker who goes by the name Alpha, is brand-new to the Psycho-Pass universe and holds a simple, innocent objective — to make people happy. However, with his naive, adolescent mindset, Alpha does not understand that one person’s happiness could equate to another person’s sorrow, suffering, or even worse.

This eventually brings Alpha into heavy conflict with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who slowly begin to learn who he is, what his capabilities are, and his over-all purpose. To make matters more complicated, Alpha seeks to help out emotionally unstable people with Crime Coefficients right below the threshold of the Dominator’s “Lethal Eliminator” mode. To them, he is their saving grace, their last resort. And all Alpha thinks is that he is only trying to save them, only trying to help them.

The Cases to Solve

After selecting either Inspector Nadeshiko Kugatachi or Enforcer Takuma Tsurugi and getting introduced to the members of the CID Division 1, your first case is given to you — a girl who has been kidnapped by a boy in Sado Marine City.

The boy and girl used to be close friends before their relationship got hijacked by the girl’s mom, who pretended to be the girl and sent the boy a heart-breaking message via text. Confused and distraught, the boy’s emotions begin to spin out of control. Soon after, Alpha contacts the boy and offers to help him find the girl and achieve his happiness.

Thanks to Alpha’s genius hacking abilities, the boy successfully finds the girl, but blackmails her into staying with him for a night. She hesitates, but agrees. Ultimately, the girl’s mom calls the police and reports her daughter missing after she doesn’t come home that night.

Soon after, Division 1 receives information on the whereabouts of the boy and girl, and the chase begins. It is from this point, as either Kugatachi or Tsurugi, that you are entrusted to make important choices to find the suspect. It is from this point that the decisions you make could eventually lead to saving somebody’s life or pulling the trigger to end it.

And… it’s hard for me to continue! Both because it’s a tad spoilery, and because your own decisions will result in different outcomes. But I can testify that when I played this chapter, I kind of freaked out. Let’s just say I made some bad choices.

Free Anime Episodes!?

Still haven’t seen the anime? We have some good news for you! All versions of Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness will come with the first two episodes (subtitled) of Season 1 of the anime series, redeemable via PSN.

That’s all folks, thank you all for reading! We hope you’re excited to decide your own fate with Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness on September 13 for PS4 and PS Vita. Visit our official website for more on the game and pre-order info!

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  • Already pre-ordered the collector’s edition for my VITA! Cant wait!

    • N33k5IsAZombie

      I had that collectors edition pre ordered for my Vita the second I could so glad I am not the only one. XD I also wonder if they are mean the Extended episodes as those are the only ones from season 1 that are Subs not dubs.

    • Chris King

      cman199

      Thanks very much for the support d00d!

  • Parasitepaladin

    NICE. I really need to watch the second season. I am looking forward to this!

    • Chris King

      Parasitepaladin,

      Both seasons are absolutely great, in my opinion! Hope you like the game!

  • whereymyconary

    Pre-ordered the collectors edition off amazon for the Vita. so excited! ironically i’m hoping to play this on the vita TV and not my ps4. Vita TV working correctly?

    • Chris King

      whereymyconary,

      Awesome, thank you for the support! You’ll be able to play it via PS TV, so all is good there =)

  • Looking forward to playing the game, is there any news on the upcoming limited editions being available for Canadians at Videogamesplus?

  • Pre-ordered the Collectors Edition!

  • Thank you for doing a physical release for Vita. I preordered the Collectors Edition already!

  • PerfectSkorn

    I’m waiting for the Steam release (or Xbox One… if that appears).

    • Tatanka2007

      Shame on you! Why dis the PS4/Vita releases? It’s awesome that plays on PS4/Vita/PSTV, lots of choices.

    • PerfectSkorn

      I didn’t “dis” the PS4. I just stated I wanted to get this one on Steam. Possibly the other company’s console if it came out there.
      It’s just not a title I want to pickup on PS4 this time.

  • otaku_no_bfm

    Really glad this is coming to Vita and North America! I still can’t believe this was released for “The console that sells less than a hundred units a week in Japan”.

  • Also pre-ordered the PS Vita collector’s edition.

    I did pre-order through Amazon since your shop’s international shipping rates are quite high, but I hope you’ll be able to either keep selling LE’s through Amazon, or even better, find options to reduce shipping costs on your shop.

  • HussamFelimban

    Hey NIS America,

    Thank you for bringing us such amazing games. Like your other Vita games, I’ll be getting this day 1. I’m also way excited about Criminal Girls 2, Yomawari and Touhou Genso Wanderer.

    Love you,

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