Capcom has shared first details and screenshots of Megami Meguri, its newly announced 3DS game compatible with the Japanese transportation system IC Cards. (Though, an IC Card is not required to play.)
Get the information below.
One day, dwelling within your transportation system IC Card, a novice “artifact spirit” named Tsukumo is born. Her wish… to become a “goddess” that illuminates the people like the sun. Tsukumo will grow by the long and profound love of her owner, and in order to grant her wish, you’ll set off on a journey all over Japan.
Character design is by Tarou Minoboshi.
Tsukumo (voiced by Ayasa Ito)
The novice artifact spirit who aims at becoming a full-fledged goddess.
An “artifact spirit” that dwells within the player’s IC Card, whose the size of the IC Card itself. While she’s a tiny artifact spirit, she dreams of becoming a goddess that illuminates the people like “the sun.” Under the guidance of Amaterasu, and together with her owner (the player), Tsukumo will go on a journey to become a “full-fledged goddess.” By developing your friendship with Tsukumo, her powers as as an artifact spirit will grow. She is friendly, and while not easily depressed, is easily carried away—a flaw of hers. She does things at her own pace, but is determined at her core.
Amaterasu (voiced by Yuka Ozaki)
A “goddess who trains goddesses” that the player and Tsukumo meet at the start. As Tsukumo’s guide to becoming a full-fledged goddess, Amaterasu will accompany Tsukumo and the player on their journey.
■ Communicate With Tsukumo
Tsukumo, whose goal is to become a respectable “goddess,” will pose a variety of questions to the player. If you teach words to Tsukumo, she’ll remember and use them in conversation. You’ll have various conversations with Tsukumo and communicate a lot, so teach her a variety of words.
■ Full Voice-Overs
Megami Meguri is built on the “Megami Speak Engine,” which is jointly developed by Capcom and Toshiba, and uses voice synthesis to produce conversations with a near-natural voice.
Anything input by the user can be read aloud as fully voiced. And not only can it be read aloud as text—a database match with the inputted word allows Tsukumo to intellectually interpret and naturally respond to what’s inputted. With the “Megami Speak Engine,” you’ll bea ble to enjoy endless conversations with the lovable Tsukumo.
■ Tsukumo’s Various Expressions
Tsukumo will showcase a variety of expressions. Above are just a few of Tsukumo’s constantly changing expressions, which you’ll see in combination with her fully voiced conversations.
■ IC Card Compatibility
Megami Meguri is compatible with the Japanese transportation system IC Card. By reading the player’s IC Card, new conversations can be triggered and items can be obtained based on your riding history or shopping information. Ten types of IC Cards are compatible: Kitaca, Suica, Pasmo, Toica, Manaca, Icoca, PiTaPa, Sugoca, Nimoca, and Hayakaken. Over 9,000 real train stations will appear in the game from across Japan. By using an IC Card, you can enjoy the game even further. It should be noted, however, that an IC Card is not required to play Megami Meguri.
■ The Seven Goddesses
Seven senior goddesses watch over the human world, using their divinity to guide the people of Japan in their fields of expertise. In order to become a full-fledged goddess, Tsukumo must pass their “trials.”
■ Tokyo Game Show 2016
Megami Meguri will be playable at Tokyo Game Show 2016. Stop by the Capcom booth and play the demo to take home a novelty clear fan themed after Megami Meguri.
Megami Meguri is due out for 3DS in Japan this winter.
View the screenshots at the gallery.