Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth details, screenshots
posted on 03.31.14 at 09:49 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Upcoming PS Vita game intended for adult Digimon fans.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Namco Bandai has shared new details and screenshots surrounding Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, its upcoming PS Vita Digimon game due out in 2015.

A New Title for Adult Digimon Fans

Over seven years have passed since the start of the Digimon Story series, and fans who were elementary school students at the time have become adults. So, together with the game concept of the Digimon series, which includes adventure, training, and battle, this game sees a full scale renewal on visuals and world outlook, and might also interest fans who’ve never played a Digimon game. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a cyberpunk training RPG where players are tasked with investigating mysterious incidents occurring in the real world and cyberspace.

Explore the Real World and Cyberspace

Become a detective and solve incidents occurring in the real world and cyberspace, while using your Digimon to fight in battles.

  • Adventure – Become a cyber detective and solve the mysterious incidents happening in the real and cyber worlds. Explore the situation while traveling between worlds and making full use of the protagonist and his Digimon
  • Training – Simultaneously train multiple Digimon. Collect a large number of Digimon, train and evolve them, and assemble the strongest team. The way that your Digimon end up evolving is dependent on how you raise them.
  • Battle – Battle against the strongest Digimon via the “Wait Turn” battle system. Bring together Digimon of various sizes and challenge the fight.

Cyberspace and Digital Monsters

Near future, Japan. Internet access has become a visual and multi-sensory experience. To the people using it, it has become a major facet in which they lead their day to day lives, protected by strong security measures. Nevertheless, as peoples’ lives get more and more involved, crimes start to occur. Among others, viruses created by powerful hackers are dealing a lot of damage. These virus programs carry an AI that collect and absorb every possible piece of information, and depending on circumstances can evolve in different ways. The hackers called those viruses “Digital Monsters.”

Lose Your Body and Become a Cyber Sleuth

Enticed by rumors of the hackers, and following the rumors about Digimon appearing, our hero obtains a “Digimon Capture” device from someone he met on the net and logs into the lowest layer of cyberspace. However, because of a sudden malfunction in the system, part of his mental data is corrupted, resulting in his body being half-digitized. And at the same time, data from the cyberspace begins materializing in the city, and a strange phenomenon begins.

“Connect Jump,” the Hero’s Special Ability

Mysterious incidents will often occur in the town. Having gained a “Data Body,” the protagonist can freely travel into cyberspace via Terminal locations by making use of his special “Connect Jump” ability. Pursue the criminals and expose the truth behind the incidents.

View the new screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Wolf Star

    A New Title for Adult Digimon Fans
    Did I read it right?? :O that means it’s a game for me

  • jujubee88

    “Collect a large number of Digimon, train and evolve them, and assemble the strongest team.”

    ““Wait Turn” battle system”


    • TheExile285

      lol, dat gif

      • jujubee88

        It’s a modest nod of content. :)

  • Raiyu

    I want this so bad.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    I hope the concept will be a return to digimon tamers’ main concept which were close to the very original concept

  • OverlordZetta

    This is nice and all, but I’m willing to bet it won’t even have half of all Digimon in it. It’s hard to want to support Digimon games when they keep skimping on content.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it won’t ever happen..
      there are more than 1200 digimon in total now
      including the only one who appeared in digimon crusader or another exclusive digimon for some games
      also including X-Antibody form and mode changes
      and also xros wars digimon

      • OverlordZetta

        They don’t need to include all (or even any) X Digimon, but getting a lot of main Digimon from over the years should be a priority here. The fact we still almost never see Frontier Digimon in games is absurd. Likewise, Xros Wars was a main series – it needs representation.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          frontier is another case like xros wars, hybrid levels are underrated and hard to be classified for the leveling, except susanoomon which is officially an ultimate level..
          xros wars has no level, they can’t be simply implemented on normal digimon game like this except in their exclusive game like super xros wars.
          also armor levels, it’s kinda hard too, because some armor level could be classified as an ultimate level like magnamon, but in digimon story sunburst/moonlight, they can handle it well, maybe no further problem about it..
          the only thing that could be well implemented is just jogress system and X-Evolution, also mode changes

          digimon isn’t like pokemon, every digimon has their own hissatsu waza, it could be a problem if they implement so much digimon, even desinging a 3D model digimon is hell difficult
          even in, say, re:digitize decode, the director also said “we can’t implement more digimon because each digimon had its own personality, behavior, habit, etc. It’s hard to define each of them”

          • OverlordZetta

            That’s typical PR crap.

            The games, and Digimon as a whole, has never been that strict on how evolution works. In one game, Digimon A might evolve into Champion Digimon B, but in the next game, Digimon C might be the one that does it.

            It would be very easy to include the Digimon in the game. Human spirits? Adult level, distribute them however. Then go up from there – Beast is Perfect, Fusion and all the others are alternate Ultimates.

            Same deal with Xros Wars. With how Digimon has branching evolutions and so happily uses them, it would be really easy.

            Shoutmon is your Child. Then distribute his Xroses accordingly for his evolutions – X2, X3, and X4 as Adult levels that have varying requirements. X4 then branches further into the various alternative forms for X4 or into X5, and which in turn can do the same or become X7.

            Likewise, back to Shoutmon, add in some kind of requirements for OmegaShoutmon as another evolution, or just make it another branching Adult.

            With how the games have handled branching evolution, things like this would be incredibly easy to implement.

            • Renaldi Saputra

              digimon’s evolution is like a tree branches, but their level defining is mostly consistent.
              no digimon can evolve into legendary spirits, it’s not their natural evolution. In frontier, they used spirit evolution..
              I don’t agree with that xros wars defining, it’s too complicated..
              you don’t even explain the fusion besides shoutmon like dark knightmon, bagramon, metalgreymon, etc. that’s just won’t fit. You can’t just predict easily without implementing it first.

              xros wars digimon were designed not to fit any normal digimon games except their own xros wars games

              if I can say, normal digimon games like this, the digimon they used are mostly virtual pets’ one, bcos they’re rather consistent unlike the anime (except Adv, Tamers, and Savers)

              xros wars messed it up all dude, that’s why I hate xros wars a little..
              they don’t evolve, they don’t grow, just fusing (except that xros wars chou shinka)

              • OverlordZetta

                No, only in the anime is any of that true. You seem to be failing to understand that this is it’s own entity – and how is Shoutmon having branching evolutions with varying requirements any different than how any other game has handled these things?

                The only difference would be all the Digimon have Shoutmon in their name. That’s it.

                Furthermore, many of the games simply have Digimon start at higher levels. If having a Child is out of the question for Spirits, just start them at Adult in the Human Spirit – then there’s no problem, now is there?

                You’re making this far more complicated than it needs to be. Just treat the Digimon like any other Digimon – as far as the game is concerned, that’s exactly what they are.

                To that end, what XW was incredibly creative if I may add.

                • Renaldi Saputra

                  creative, but too complicated
                  you just didn’t know how to implement something in a game, balancing it, blahblahblah

    • Elvick

      Sorry, but with the quality visuals in this game you should expect some “skimping”. There are tons of Digimon.

      Quality vs Quantity is clearly the case here.

      I would love for character models to create themselves and magically exist for every single Digimon, but that’s not how it works. So they prioritize, because Digimon is hardly Pokemon and won’t sell as much.

      The fact the game looks THIS good at all is shocking. Easily one of the best looking Vita games if the game ends up looking anything like this.

      • MrFinalgamer

        It’s basically whether we want the game to look as gorgeous as this, or like a prettier DS game like Pokemon X/Y

        • JonathanisPrimus

          Pokemon X|Y probably had a higher budget than this. Those games sell millions, and are designed for a worldwide audience. Digimon is Japan-only, and in the article they boast about this subseries selling 200k.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Digimon is Japan only? yes, only in recent time

          • MrFinalgamer

            Pokemon X/Y looks unfinished IMO, despite it’s budget. Only 1 pokemon getting voice work, 8 directional movement, only some areas work with 3D, and frame-rate goes down the shitter when used.

            If i can choose between that, and less monsters to choose from, but higher overall quality, bring on the quality then.

            • OverlordZetta

              The idea that less monsters = more quality is ludicrous. You’re saying less CONTENT = more quality. Do you not understand how absurd that sounds?

              Also, none of the Pokemon should have voice work, so saying that “only” one having it is kind of silly.

              • MrFinalgamer

                They had to animate, and create character models for over 700 different creatures. If they have less of them, they can concentrate on the over all quality of the product, rather than creating more creatures.

                Having less of them doesn’t necessarily mean less content, unless you actually attempt to get them all for some reason…

                • OverlordZetta

                  Less monsters in a game about using the monsters is objectively less content. It doesn’t matter if you intend to use all of them or not – there are less things to choose from, less things to train, and so on.

                  Furthermore, most Digimon games, to my knowledge, have never even broken 200 Digimon. Given how many there are, isn’t it natural to want to see just a little more?

                  Not only that, but in a series so tied into its various other media, the fact that these games essentially just pretend some of them don’t exist when picking their rosters is incredibly annoying.

                  • Renaldi Saputra

                    do u think implementing 1 digimon can be as easy as 1 pokemon in XY? no at all
                    btw Re:Digitize Decode contains more than 300 digimon including their X-Antibody forms

                    yes, it’s natural for us to see more, but that doesn’t mean we should be like pokemon, by implementing ALL 1200++ digimon had been existed, that’s just crazy

                    they have their own limit, PS Vita itself has its own limit

                • Renaldi Saputra

                  he just don’t know how hard to personalize one character, even for digimon which had its own hissatsu waza, detail animation bcos complicated designs, special effects, etc

                  it isn’t just that easy

        • OverlordZetta

          X/Y looked a lot better than any DS game I’ve ever seen.

          It didn’t arbitrarily cut content out either.

          • MrFinalgamer

            It does, but it could have looked a lot better. Whether it was due to the inexperience of Game Freak with 3D models, I don’t know.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        digimon is a game mainly focus on story & digimon evolution after all, not mainly for the monster collecting and competitive battling

      • OverlordZetta

        I would honestly argue that the amount of Digimon (in other words, the content) is far more important than whether or not it looks pretty, and I would take a Digimon game that manages more than only the oldest Digimon plus a few outliers over a pretty one that, once again, offers the same piss poor selection as always.

        Are we really so shallow that we’re taking appearances over content now?

        • Elvick

          Implying that the content provided isn’t a good amount. It could very well be a good amount of content and be pretty.

          I’ll take what we’re getting. They can build off this amazing engine in the future, adding more Digimon and content.

          Why waste resources with dated graphics to have more content when you could have great graphics, and then expand on that in the future? Running with dated graphics forever isn’t going to work for Digimon.

          This is better for the future, while the other is dated from inception.

          Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Simple. Won’t be localized anyway.

          • OverlordZetta

            Why are we assuming that there would be anything wrong with there being more Digimon? Why can’t it be pretty AND have a decent amount of Digimon? And why does being pretty come before the Digimon? Digimon are the heart and soul of this game and THEY should come first.

            And there’s no way to know if there will be a sequel. Why cut content to save it for a sequel that may never happen? Your logic is based entirely on the assumption that this will be successful and will get a direct sequel that adds not content to it – something that has NEVER been true of Digimon games, even in their prime. If this does well, chances are they won’t build on it, they’ll do what they always have and make something new AGAIN.

            Now answer me this: If newer Digimon were getting priority over the classics (humor me, this is a hypothetical), would you still stand by this argument? That they should focus on the game looking nice over including a varied range of Digimon?

            • Renaldi Saputra

              more digimon = more complicated managing, it isn’t that easy, since many digimon only came from anime first, not from their virtual pets.

              • OverlordZetta

                Where they came from is irrelevant though. There is next to no canon tying the various parts of Digimon canon together.

                As far as any new game is concerned, there is a pool of Digimon to choose from. Where they came from doesn’t matter at all.

                • Renaldi Saputra

                  it matters, anime-only, game-only, etc
                  digifuse/digixros is just a canon to xros wars, meanwhile jogress is still used until now
                  slide evolution is just a canon to frontier,meanwhile mode change is still used until now

            • Elvick

              Because the more Digimon you’ve got to make, the less money per character model. That’s a simple fact. It’s hardly an assumption, that’s reality. Also size factors in. Especially on Vita with 4GB game cards.

              And Pokemon is 2D. See how well tradition goes. It can change. Go figure.

              Since I like every series of Digimon (minus Data Squad, since I’ve yet to watch it). I would have zero issues with that.

              Shoutmon <3

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I agree, digimon isn’t pokemon, digimon is rather not consistent as some many of digimon only came from anime, not firstly from virtual pets..

            implementing xros wars digimon in this is just a dumb choice

            • OverlordZetta

              Hardly. They’re just as viable as any other series’ Digimon.

      • tubers

        Maybe they’ll do another infamous re-released, ver 1.5, typical of games lately.

  • http://chaosraiden.blogspot.com/ Chaos Raiden

    Love the graphics and look. Really hope that it will be translated in English.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      doubt it
      this is an exclusive PS Vita game
      re:digitize decode hasn’t even been announced

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Nor did we get Adventure. But eh.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          adventure was a PSP game, also anime based game
          it’s very reasonable if we didn’t get it

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            Just saying man.

  • JoJo_718

    All of you wanting this title to come overseas should probably begin to annoy Gio Corsi and his Third party production team, they’re responsible for bringing Borderlands to the Vita and are apparently in talks to get FF Type-0 in america:

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/playstationunity DXVII

      Just did I support this localization as a personal and childhood fan of Digimon since tomagachis

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    finally “A new title for “adult” digimon fans” :’) lets put some hope in this game

  • FlareKnight

    I hope this turns out well. Digimon has had great anime, but certainly the games have been hit or miss. Some good ones, but would be nice to see this one be really good.

  • Aurizen

    We should petition them to bring it to the US. This looks like it has a lot of potential.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    7 years?! Good on Namco Bandai for doing this but 2015 feels like forever and a day away.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      they need to be slow but sure

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        I feel the expression you used is a little off but I get what you’re saying.

  • Op. Cyber Sleuth