Bandai Namco and Granzella have released new information and screenshots of City Shrouded in Shadow, detailing new giant shadows Mothra, Batra, Ultraman Tiga, Kyrieloid II, Gyaos, and Fifth Angel; gameplay systems such as stages, basic actions, choices, and costumes; and the latest characters.
Get the details below.
■ Mothra vs. Battra
When the protagonist and company, who escaped the crisis by car, approached the huge bridge, an air battle between the two monsters Mothra and Battra unfolded. Is there a chance to escape in the situation that is aftermath that rocks the bridge and disabled transportation with a standstill vehicle?
A battle between two monsters burdened with the fate of fighting. Mothra and Battra violently strike at each other in the sky, and the impact of their fighting becomes a major threat. Battra’s “Prism Beam” rains down and throws the top of the bridge into a state of chaos.
Two monsters striking at each other. Mothra and Battra’s fated battle begins in the sky!
An aerial battle that breaks out atop a huge bride. The aftereffects of Battra’s violent attacks in pursuit of Mothra drive the protagonist and company into a corner.
■ Ultraman Tiga vs. Kyrieloid II
The guardian deity and the battle demon beast. A grand aerial battle that swallows up the huge bridge.
The fire demon soldier Kyrieloid II that appeared in town grabbed hold of the train car the protagonist and company were riding. Then, Ultraman Tiga, who came running to the life or death situation, reclaimed the train car. Thus, the battle between Ultraman Tiga and Kyrieloid II began.
The two giants hold their own against each other. The violent melee battle unfolds in the city. Ultraman Tiga trifles with Kyrieloid II through light movement as not to damage the city, but…
The ultra ancient guardian awakens. That is, a new Giant of Light that has changed form and unleashes a variety of attacks.
Kyrieloid II changed form into Kyrieloid II Sky Type, and an aerial battle with Ultraman Tiga began. Ultraman Tiga also changed type to Sky Type, and their ground-based battle turned into a violent aerial fight.
As the two giants fight in the sky, violent winds blow at the ground.
Ultraman Tiga is pitted against Kyrieloid II. The increasingly violent battles move from the ground to the sky.
■ Gyaos vs. The People
A group of Gyaos rain down on the city and attack the residents of the city one by one. A group of Gyaos swoop down in front of the protagonist, who is running through the panicked city. Even if he manages to evade one, a different Gyaos appears. Can the protagonist and company break through the encircling net of Gyaos and escape?
Huge, ominous birds attack the people. They block the paths of those trying to escape and attack in groups.
■ Evangelion Unit-01 vs. The Fifth Angel
The Fifth Angel attacks the city. Evangelion Unit-01 rolls out once again. During the fierce battle between Evangelion Unit-01 and the Fifth Angel, the Fifth Angel’s tentacles pierce a building. The upper level of the building, which the protagonist is inside of, disappears in an instant as if it had opened its mouth. He has to escape this city as soon as possible…
A mysterious creature that cuts through the city. Humanity’s trump card, the robot Evangelion Unit-01, again rolls out.
■ Game System Overview: Sci-fi Survival Action Adventure
City Shrouded in Shadow is a science-fiction survival action adventure game in which you live through a city flooded with threats of huge monsters and giants.
If, on your way home from school or work today, you suddenly encounter a huge monster destroying the city, or a battle between two giant aliens, how will you react? What would you think? And what actions would you take?
This is the story of such a day that happened upon one young man or woman.
The city is attacked by threats from huge monsters and giants. And at the foot of these huge threats, peoples’ ordinary lives become extraordinary. In a changing city flooded with threts, the protagonist must try to escape with the other citizens trifled by misfortune.
Progressing the Story
The goal of the game is to escape the threat of the “Giant Shadows.” The story begins when you head to the park to go meet up the heroine, Yuki Kouno.
Each stage consists of various Giant Shadows from the participating licenses. While dodging these threats, the hero will progress in order to achieve his objective. The game uses a stage clear system where the next stage is unlocked by clearing the stage before it, and the story progresses in order of those stages. Life or death situations where new Giant Shadows await where the protagonist goes are to be expected. Do what you must to survive them.
Stage Clear Flow
—Stage 01: A Giant Shadow Appears in the City at Night
—Stage 02: A Wriggling Shadow Underground
—Stage 04: A Sneaking, Stealing Shadow
—Stage 05: A Shadow Created by Unbearable Urge
—Stage 06: Night Sea, Waves, and a Shadow
The Protagonist’s Basic Actions
During the game, the protagonist will make use of various actions in order the escape the Giant Shadow threat.
Outside of actions like “walk,” “run,” and “crawl,” you can use actions that consume stamina, such as “dash,” “emergency evade,” and “tackle.”
If the protagonist is tired and does not have anymore stamina, you will not be able to dash or emergency evade for a short time, making chances greater that you will take damage. Watching the Giant Shadows’ movements and making skillful use of these actions is a must.
—Stamina Gauge: Full vs. Empty
You can dodge buses struck by beams and rolling over sideways, as well as Giant Shadows falling on their backs through the “Emergency Evade” action.
Use the “Tackle” action to break through crushed doors.
—Taking the Heroine by the Hand
Danger will also approach the heroine Yuki Kouno, who tags along with the protagonist. The protagonist can move while taking her hand.
Choices and their Effects
When faced against the residents of the city, the protagonist will be able to choose from various options.
For example, the case of a woman who sells flowers at a small stand in order to earn money to take care of her son. The flower stand was tragically destroyed by people running around trying to escape. After hearing the full story, the protagonist can choose which action to take regarding her situation.
—“Kenta… I’m sorry… mother cannot do this any longer.”
—If you pity the flower stand owner, you can console her, or you can buy a flower using all the money in your possesion. On the other hand, you can also look down on her and walk away.
Here are your choices:
- Are you OK? Help her get herself together and console her.
- This situation cannot be helped… walk away in silence.
- Pay the amount of money you have in your possession for the trampled flowers.
- Haha! Nice mess! and snicker.
—If you walk away in silence…
—If you pay all your money. “What..! You’ll buy these trampled and crushed flowers…”
Wherever the protagonist goes, he will be able to obtain various outfits. Outfits are divided into categories, such as “hats” and “gloves,” and equipping them increases the stats of the protagonist.
As you play through the game, the story will even progress while wearing the costume you have equipped at that time. Depending on the combination of costumes, you can take on various forms.
Stage Clear Results Screen
When you clear a stage, the results screen appears. The results screen is in the style of a “news website,” and results are posted in the form of a news story reflect the actions of the protagonist.
For example, if you stole a policewoman uniform from the dresser in the police box and clear the stage, an article titled “A Thief Snuck Into the Police Box!” will appear.
—Looking for a certain something in the police box dresser…
—Police woman uniform obtained.
—The events you faced are reflected in the news story.
Various articles will appear for each stage. There are rare, difficult to obtain possible news stories among them, which is one of this game’s replayability elements.
—The top of the results screen.
Also on the results screen, you can check the status of the “Giant Shadow Coins” that you gathered from the stage, as well as other information, such as distance traveled. You can use the Giant Shadow Coins you collect to buy costumes and other items.
Toru Fujiwara (voiced by Madoka Shiga)
A mysterious man feared by Shibata and Mudou. He has a scary face, excellent physique, and imposing atmosphere, great body strength, and the experience of getting around various scenes of carnage. He has nothing to be hesitant about when faced against Shibata and Mudou. Fujiwara seems to be an acquaintance of Shibata and Mudou, but his background and objective are surrounded in mystery.
Hitomi Fukazawa (voiced by Yuka Keicho)
The marine life research team leader, who the protagonist meets on the “Shibazakura” observation ship. She is a prodigy who studied marine life abroad, and at the young age of 20 years old became a university professor. She was disliked how lightly she was treated due to her young age at the university she worked for upon returning home, and is dedicating herself to her work in order to prove them wrong with her true ability. A giant creature-esque shadow appears on the observation ship’s sonar, and she is hoping to confirm its true nature.
Mitsuo Katagiri (voiced by Hozumi Gouda)
The captain of the “Shibazakura” observation ship the protagonist boards. As an honest sailor, he has a wealth of experience. He passed his age of retirement a half year prior, and was supposed to have retired, but captains the Shibazakura with the personality and experience expected. After this sail, he plans to retire. He is operating the Shibazakua for the purpose of marine life research.
Tetsuya Oda (voiced by Kozo Dozaka)
The young deputy captain of the “Shibazakura” observation ship. He is kind, attentive, sociable, and serious. He is in charge of patrol within the ship, as well as plant maintenance. He respects the experienced Captain Katagiri. He is in love with Professor Fukuzawa, who is aboard the ship as a marine life researcher.
■ Next Update
New giant shadows are approaching the city. A suspicious shadow encountered inside a research facility. And a highly mobile shadow that overwhelms others. What are their true forms?
City Shrouded in Shadow is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 19.
View the screenshots at the gallery.