Acquire announces Mind 0 for PS Vita
posted on 03.18.13 at 11:28 PM EST by (@salromano)
A 3D school dungeon RPG joint-developed with Zerodiv.

Acquire’s recently teased PlayStation Vita game is called Mind 0 (stylized MIND≒0), the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals.

The game, developed in collaboration with Class of Heroes studio Zerodiv, is a dark and stylish school dungeon RPG featuring character designs by Kyo, scenario by Minato Kushimachi, and sound by Zizz Studio.

The game will have two worlds—the real world and a crazy spiritual world—the latter in which players can use a special MIND (Mental Inside Nobody Doll) ability to call forth their Persona-like counterparts. It will have fully voiced scenes, 3D turn-based battles, and 2D adventure game-like conversation scenes. When you strike enemies, you’ll see onomatopoeic words like “Barin!” and “Zugyan.”

Settings include Akihabara, Yokohama, Amamiya, and Nippori. It should be noted that these are written in kanji different from the names of the actual areas in Japan. The game starts at Saitama Prefecture high school.

Find a set of characters and their voice actors below:

  • Kei Takanashi (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita) – The protagonist. He’s cool and caring.
  • Sana Chikage (voiced by Rina Satou) – The heroine. She enjoys physical activity, is loyal, quick to act, and relied on by everyone. Her MIND is an elf-like character.
  • Leo Asahina (voiced by Yuichi Nakamura) – An endlessly cheerful dope. His MIND is a demon-looking character.
  • Yoichi Ogata (voiced by Takehito Koyasu) – A detective. His MIND is a Japanese doll-like character.

Development on Mind Zero is currently 70 percent complete. The game is due out this summer for 6,279 yen in Japan.

Thanks, Game Nyarth.

  • MosquitoLemon

    Interesting… I suck at those games, but at least Acquire is still in business.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Acquire were purchased by Gungho a while back. Why would they not be in business?

      • MosquitoLemon

        Being purchased by a bigger company/being a subsidiary doesn’t make you immune to being dissolved.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m not usually the type for DRPGs, but this does sound interesting. With Zerodiv handling development, I wonder what else Acquire has cooking?

  • uhawww

    More dungeon crawlers. Yeeeeesssss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    I hope it’s not first person.

    • Zuhri69

      Same here. Eventhough its a matter of preference, I still can not stand games in first person.

      • Skeletor

        Thats the same reason I despise Etrian Oddysse and the battle system for Dragons Quest games as well as Wizardry.
        1st person does not belong in JRPGs

        • Zuhri69

          From the new screen it doesn’t look like First person at all. YES! Although, it looks dangerously similar to Persona 3 now…

          • gangrelion

            I think it will be like Sol Trigger: First person but changes to 3rd person during attacks. I am cool with that if the characters are not in SD.

            • venomz09

              god i love seeing other people denounce this first person crap going on again with jrpg’s.

              leave that shit in the past you stupid devs!

            • almostautumn

              Dude— how awesome was Sol Trigger? It crushes me that game isn’t getting localized. It’s so friggin’ good.

          • venomz09

            yeah let’s hope not.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Unless it’s a rogue type like Baroque, I always prefer my dungeon crawlers to be first person. The only Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono./Class of Heroes game I ever passed on was the one that had you walking around a world map and everything was 3D. Bleh.

      The 3D usually doesn’t even look good either, especially since these games are usually run on such a low budget, graphics wise, so I don’t know why they would bother with 3D if they can’t do it properly for the game anyway. The “3D battles” part seems to imply it won’t have a first person view, but we’ll see…

      • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

        I always prefer 3rd person perspective game. I don’t mind first person dungeon RPG but we already have Demon Gaze and the upcoming Labyrinth Cross Blood: Infinity, I’m playing Etrian Odyssey 4 at the moment.

        So I hope this game to be a different dungeon crawlers, I’m thinking this game’s dungeon will be like Persona 3 or Persona 4.

    • Tenshiken

      First person viewpoint,for me, feels like your controlling a camera rather than a character.

      • venomz09

        fully agree.

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      judging be the screenies it’s third person. Could be during the battles only, though.

      • Kurisu Makise

        You’re right, I definitely saw 3rd person combat in the screens. Looks promising, also really feeling that Persona 3 vibe, excite! Honestly though, I wouldn’t mind a means to go into 1st person around the maps if they’re willing to detail them somewhat, that’d be pretty good or even a bit of AR functionality.

  • マッシュー

    YES! Rina Satou + dungeon crawler rpg? I’m IN!

  • Prodigy-X

    So much PS Vita Support lately. God I can’t wait for E3.

    Edit: @ShinAsura & Aurugar, I mean’t I can’t wait till E3 to see what support of games they will give America. Hopefully a price drop is announce for the U.S. & Europe there as well.

    • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

      E3 = US, this is Japan oriented… PSV in US is still doing bleh.

      • Elvick

        It’s not hard to gather that he means he’s excited to see what will be announced in the west at E3, since Japan has been doing a lot of announcements lately.

        Geez people. Not hard.

        • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

          US ain’t gonna get half what Japan is getting, which makes me sad. It makes me want to learn Japanese so hard.

          • DrForbidden

            You should go ahead then. It’s never a bad thing to learn a new language. I wish I had time to do it.

            • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

              Japanese is hard though, Spanish is easy and I still am not 100% fluent in it.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Sony really needs to show they can support two platforms at E3. If they screw up like last year, Vita’s done for in the US. If I were Sony, I’d do a seperate conference for Vita the day before. Forget about holding back stuff for TGS, just fire canons from the west and the east. However, what we’ll probably get is 1hr for Vita (30 mins >>;) and 1hr for PS4 (Most of the conference).

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        “Vita’s done for in the US.”

        You do realize this has already occurred, right? Vita did about as badly as PSP, it seems, lol. They both seemed to die out pretty quickly in NA, unfortunately.

        I have both, but I hardly speak for the demographic for most of North America, especially since I’m a heavy importer, heh. If I was just restricted to games released in NA, then yeah… I probably wouldn’t have bought a PSP or a Vita =3=

        • Kurisu Makise

          Eh….admittedly I still have hope =( I’m not expecting 3DS level sales in NA or anything but if it can just achieve a steady burn and no droughts like PSP in NA (I swear there was like a year or two of no releases, killer). You’re right about games restrictedd to NA, I wouldn’t have bought one either otherwise xD But I definitely enjoyed my asian white PSP-1000.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Well, nothing wrong with that. Just don’t put all your chickens in one basket though. Be cautiously optimistic :3

            Looks like some people just hate the truth about the PSP and Vita in NA though since my comment has already been downvoted twice. Tell ya what, guys… Let me help you out here. *clicks on the vote down button as well*

            Knock yourselves out.

        • DrForbidden

          At this point in time, I think it’s still debatable whether you the Vita os ‘done for’ in the west. A price drop + strong PS4 integration + Kojima making a Vita MGS game will likely allow it to recover yet. However, if it gets ANOTHER lacklustre year, you can definitely stick a fork in it.

          • Kurisu Makise

            Sony just needs to be consistent, seriously. Steady release of games, lots of courting of small developers, and heck publish some of the Japanese titles yourself. Why are they so afraid to spend money on Vita? You gotta spend money to make money. Localizing a few of those PSP games yourself instead of waiting for XSEED or Aksys would be a start. Then there’s the 1st Party studios >>; Everyone’s on PS4, nobodies on Vita? I hope Yoshida doesn’t let it come to that but…with SCEJ admitting 1st party isn’t the attraction in Japan, that’s not a good sign.

    • 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

      So much PS Vita support lately for Japan

      Also these games won’t be at E3, they’ll be at the Tokyo Game Show. This years E3 won’t focus on the VITA it’ll be about the PS4 and next Xbox

  • PrinceHeir

    hmm i was hoping for Shinobido 3 T___T

    still more Tomokazu Sugita is an excellent thing!!

    JoJo and Kaz/Miller FTW!!!!

    • Solomon_Kano

      The teaser being a modern map pretty much told us it wouldn’t be Shinonido, unless they decided on doing a modern-day one. Which would be… odd.

      • MosquitoLemon

        Which would be… awesome!!! Remember the office levels from Tenchu 2? i want a modern-day Kamiwaza too, lol.

        • Solomon_Kano

          OK. That would actually be pretty cool lol.

  • Kurisu Makise

    TOMOKAZU SUGITA <3? Localize plz. 2013 is such a good year. Though I'm not sure how a dungeon RPG would look with 3D battles, will need some screenshots.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Nice! This is exactly what I need. I wish it was for PS3, but Vita is also fine. I’m currently going through Demon Gaze for Vita and it’s an amazing dungeon crawler.

    Also, anything related to Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono./Class of Heroes is okay in my book~

  • Eclipse

    This sounds like my type of game <3

    And that is one incredible voice cast~!

  • GODDUKEMONEXA

    uhhh similarities with PERSONA 4??? i dont think so :/

    YU NARUKAMI=Yue Kotori (小鳥遊慧) (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita) – The protagonist. He’s cool and caring.

    CHIE SATONAKA=Sana Chiaki (千景さな) (voiced by Rina Satou) – The heroine. She enjoys physical activity, is loyal, quick to act, and relied on by everyone. Her MIND is a half-naked Elf-like thing.

    YOSUKE HANAMURA=Shishi Ahina (朝比奈獅子) (voiced by Yuichi Nakamura) – An
    endlessly cheerful dope. His MIND is frightening.

    NAOTO SHIROGANE=Youichi Okata (緒方陽一) (voiced by Takehito Koyasu) – A detective. His MIND has yet to be unveiled.

    • noctis_nox

      It’s more like Persona 3. Just take a look at the Main hero. The yellow haired looks like Aegis.
      This game has Persona written all over it and it’s a huge plus! Can’t wait to see moar!!

  • Elvick

    I’m all for more Vita RPGs. We need more.

  • Adol Christian

    Muramasa Rebirth, Valhalla Knights 3, Soul Sacrifice, Dragon’s Crown and my boy Ys: Memories of Celceta. The future looks bright :)

  • http://twitter.com/GamerOfThrone Aerys

    Unexpected ! I thought it was a little game !
    Vita Japan year looks very good !

  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

    This sounds like it has potential. I’m looking forward to seeing some gameplay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    The scan is out. Looks like Persona 3.

    https://i.minus.com/j57563DfT0uBg.jpg

    • DrForbidden

      Yes, I’m definitely getting a Persona vibe as well.

      • jujubee88

        Both the Protaganist male from Persona 3 and this guy look the same.

    • salvodaze

      You forgot the word “exactly”.

  • Azoz

    So you mean like persona 3 ?

  • keikei_z

    I think kind of romaji spellings is wrong.
    小鳥遊慧: Kei Takanashi.

    千景さな:Chikage Sana.

    朝比奈獅子:Asahina Shishi.

    緒方陽一:Youichi Ogata.

    thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      Ah, the good ol’ Takanashi/Kotori Asobi pun lol. Thk 4 the TL :D

  • tubers

    PERSO…. Wait what?!

  • noctis_nox

    Hyped!! for this game! Mind zero!! wooo!!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Added a few new details since last night, and some scans. As @gematsu-972cda1e62b72640cb7ac702714a115f:disqus mentions, the protag’s name is Kei Takanashi, not Yue Kotori. It could be Yue Kotori, but even with the furigana illegible, the separation of the kanji shown in the scan confirm it.

    • Noctis_nox

      Thank you!
      Saw the scans and it’s awesome. Yeah it’s confirmed. It looks like Persona! ahahaha
      The concept game and this.

  • raneeeeek

    Don’t get hyped,this shit probably won’t even leave japan.

    • Noctis_nox

      If Sumioni can why not this?
      Different situation from some games. This game has a higher chance of coming over to the west than other games.

    • Raiyu

      Actually this has a chance. Acquire is owned by Gungho, they have an American branch now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Edit: Oh wrong page nevermind.

  • Mar Mar

    Japan, I see what you did there with Vita.

    Games are being made for it!

  • Ni

    Kei Takanashi (小鳥遊慧) (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita)

    SOLD

    I hope the game’s gonna be 3rd person exploration (don’t get me wrong, i like FP RPGs, but i like alot more to be able to see the characters moving on the screen)

  • http://twitter.com/GamerOfThrone Aerys

    Love the scans !

  • Ace

    Hm, hope this cums out here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micheal.scott.315 Micheal Scott

    Per..son.a!!! XD
    sound like ill like it :D

  • GaySkull

    i feel the flow of games towards the PSV means developers are confident of Sony’s plan to support the handheld for the long term. and PS4 is right there to go hand in hand towards success

  • Danikun

    Picture reminds me of persona 3

  • ddsfan2

    Looks very appealing, although Zerodiv is an unknown to me. I’ve literally never heard of them other than looking up the PSP game that they made that was noted here, which I haven’t had a chance to play.

    There are a lot of mediocre RPG developers these days, I hope they aren’t among them. So far I’m fairly optimistic, because the game concept sounds very good.

    Either way, I’m really happy that the game is an RPG.

  • TimesTicking

    For some reason I was expecting for people to bash on this because it looks like Persona 3 but it seems that it is the opposite O.o

  • Vayu Purana

    please be localized to NA, i doubt it’ll actually happen but……i only have ONE vita game, P4G and i wanna play at least another one for this handheld