Root Letter: Last Answer first details, screenshots
posted on 09.27.18 at 08:00 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Due out on December 20 in Japan.

Kadokawa Games has released the first information and screenshots of Root Letter: Last Answer, its newly announced live-action version of mystery adventure game Root Letter.

Get the details below.

■ What is Root Letter: Last Answer?

Root Letter: Last Answer

Root Letter: Last Answer is the latest entry in the Root Letter series, which has sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide. With the implementation of a live-action “Drama Mode” featuring a cast of 90 actors, the human drama woven within the beautiful townscape of Shimane Prefecture is told with greater realism. It becomes an immersive story experience similar to watching a TV drama.

Additionally, Root Letter: Last Answer includes four “Resolution” scenarios set after the story of the original game. Enjoy the unexpected conclusion to the mysterious drama spun by protagonist Max and pen pal Aya Fumino’s correspondence.

Additionally, six functionality improvements requested by users have been implemented in order to make playing through the story a more enjoyable experience.

■ A Live-Action “Drama Mode” that Reproduces the Beautiful Scenery of Shimane Prefecture with a Cast of 90 Actors

Root Letter: Last Answer implements a live-action “Drama Mode” that faithfully reproduces every location and character that appears in the game with a cast of 90 actors. By realistically reproducing the beautiful scenery of Shimane Prefecture and the people that live there, the human drama story of Root Letter that depicts the youthful regrets everyone holds and those trying to overcome them can be enjoyed as if watching a TV drama.

Of course, the game also includes an “Original Mode” in which you can enjoy the Taro Minoboshi-illustrated versions of the game’s charming characters and scenic beauty of Shimane Prefecture from the previous game. Enjoy the story however you prefer, either with live-action or illustrated visuals!

Exploration Parts

—Drama Mode (Live-Action)

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—Original Mode (Illustrations)

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Investigation Parts

—Drama Mode (Live-Action)

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—Original Mode (Illustrations)

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Event Scenes

—Drama Mode (Live-Action)

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—Original Mode (Illustrations)

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■ Introducing the Cast

Ako Yamamoto (portraying Aya Fumino)

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She worked as the center of the school girl idol group Cerisier, selected from among 10,000 applicants in the spring 2017 Dream Idol Audition.

Moa Tsukino (portraying Yukari Ishihara)

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She took first place in Oricon’s indies female idol category and mobilized a solo performance for 15,000 people at the Saitama Super Arena. Her talents cross many fields, from idol to voice actor, bassist, and karate.

Saki Miyamoto (portraying Misaki Murakami)

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A cosplayer, personality, model, and more who does a wide variety of work both inside and outside of Japan. She also works as producer for the cosplayer brand L’erable.

Arisa Noto (portraying Riko Sasaki)

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In addition to her activities as a voice actor, she also sings and dances. She even does choreography and motion acting.

■ Four “Resolution” Scenarios that Depict the Story After the Original Game

Root Letter: Last Answer implements an additional scenario called “Resolution” that depicts the “afterstory” of the endings to each of the four possible stories that branch based on the player’s choices. The surprising truth about the legendary girl Aya Fumino, and a heartwarming sequel for the protagonist Max and classmates will be told with beautiful scene depiction.

Just like the rest of the game, the “Resolution” scenario can also be enjoyed in either Drama Mode or Original Mode.

Resolution Scenario Example: The Cursed Letter Route

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“Those who receive letters from Aya Fumino die one after the next.” In order to reveal the truth of the seemingly true urban legend, a certain reporter goes to Shimane Prefecture alone. There, he meets a beautiful woman who says she was “Involved with Aya.” Under her guidance, the man visits a deserted, western-style house…

Resolution Scenario Example: The Government Conspiracy Route

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Max is captured by the government for discovering the mysterious truth about Aya Fumino. Sensing a great threat upon Shimane, he makes it his personal mission. Will Max and the seven classmates be able to overcome this powerful enemy…?

■ Six Functionality Improvements That Make Enjoying the Story a More Comfortable Experience

With the feedback of everyone who played the original game, six heavily requested functionality improvements were implemented. Players, even those not accustomed to adventure games, can now experience every route with comfort through revisions to route branching conditions and improvements to the skip function that make multiple playthroughs more smoothly.

  • Route Branching Condition Improvements – Every ending, except for the “True Ending (Marriage Route),” can be attained from the first playthrough. Enjoy the story in the order of your choosing.
  • Skip Functionality Improvements – Skip points on and after the second playthrough have been revised, further shortening the time necessary for multiple playthroughs. Enjoy every story more smoothly.
  • Route Clear Icon Improvements – The icon display in the “Menu” screen has been changed to make it easier to understand if each route has been cleared.
  • Item UI Improvements – Changes have been made to display the items you have on-hand at a glance when using the “Inventory” command.
  • Response Improvements – Some direction of the exploration and investigation parts have been revised, and response has been improved.
  • Trophy Acquisition Improvements – Accompanying the addition of new trophies, the acquisition conditions of some returning trophies has been made easier to obtain.

Root Letter: Last Answer is due out for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PS Vita on December 20 in Japan.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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