This week’s issue of Famitsu comes with a small preview for Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho, D3 Publisher’s PS3 and PS4 open world high school adventure game, detailing three new girls in the cast, as well as lightly divulging some new details on the gameplay mechanics.
First up, the new girls. For starters, there’s Naomi Sanders (voiced by Kei Shindou), the blonde-haired girl on the right page up above. The head of the cheerleading club, she’s a foreign exchange student originally from Florida and although she can speak Japanese decently, she has a hard time with reading and writing in it. While not particularly tall, she makes up for it with her highly fashionable appearance.
Then there’s Hikaru Yukimura (voiced by Yoshino Nanjou), the dark blue-haired girl directly under Naomi. A star track and field athlete, she’s one of the protagonist’s classmates. In her middle school years, she made it to a national track and field meet, but got injured and is as such working her way back to the top. She has a tomboyish personality going for her.
Finally, Ranko Kooriyama (voiced by Miho Arakawa), the light blue-haired girl next to Hikaru, is a girl that players meet while out investigating a story with Yayoi. Though she has a dainty appearance about her, she doesn’t command a lot of attention. But, she’s a bit quirky, as she claims to be able to talk to a certain “Mr. Fairy.”
Complimenting the reveal of these three girls is, naturally, a small explanation on how the information gathering and dating systems work in the game. Over the course of the game, players will see some characters with exclamation marks over their heads, which indicates that they’ll be posed with a decision to make when talking with them. In the case of the girls working at the journalism club, this will often mean choosing whether or not to accompany them as their photographer as they set out to gather more material for their upcoming culture festival presentation.
Should players choose to accompany the girls, they’ll be able to freely wander around together. Nevertheless, there’s still the expectation that work will get done, meaning that players will have to go out and find people who have the information the girls are looking for. Still, it’s possible to wander outside the school grounds and wander around the rest of the island, too, and visiting the right spots could mean that the occasion transitions from work to a right proper date. As such, how things fare while out and about will affect character relationships going forward.
Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho is due out in Japan in 2015 for PS3 and PS4.