Namco Bandai has shared the debut screenshots and new details for its upcoming PS Vita game Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram.
The game will offer an original story under the supervision of Magica Quartet. Here is the prologue:
These are the tales of a certain magical girl burdened with the destiny of hunting witches over the centuries.
How many times has this life been repeated? Akemi Homura herself has stopped counting.
Having challenged the strongest witch in the world, Walpurgis Night, to a fight, she knew she could not win countless times.
This time while thinking it will end as it always does, she leaves it up to Kaname Madoka.
“If all five magical girls unite, shouldn’t we win even against Walpurgis Night?”
With those words in her heart, Homura rewinds time once more.
The five magical girls form a bond a cooperate together to defeat Walpurgis Night.
The Battle Pentagram consists of Day Time and Night Time parts. During the day, players can enjoy short conversations with their fellow Puella Magi while raising their bond levels. During the night, the player and their selected Puella Magi partner will go on witch hunting missions. Depending on the results, your Puella Magi partner’s bond level can increase.
The battle system is made up of three gauges: HP, MP, and Soul Gems.
When your HP reaches zero, you faint, but you can use three Soul Gems to revive. However, if you aid your partners within the time it only consumes one Gem.
MP is consumed by doing strong magical attacks like “Special Magic,” etc. You can recover in time, too, but if you want to use magic in rapid succession, you can use one Soul Gem to recover it all.
The number of remaining Soul Gems you can use is displayed at the bottom left of the screen. Be careful because if you run out of them you can’t recover magic or revive.
Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram is due out for PS Vita in Japan in winter 2013.
View the first set of screenshots—which feature Kaname Madoka, Akemi Homura, Tomoe Mami, Miki Sayaka, and Sakura Kyoko—at the gallery.