Koei Tecmo has detailed how character relationships can affect the course of the narrative in GUST studio’s upcoming title, Blue Reflection. The publisher also released a new trailer, which you can check below.
With the player embedded in the role of high-school student-turned-magical-Reflector, Hinako Shirai, Blue Reflection combines impressive battles with extensive simulation elements; including making new friends or hanging out with old ones, surfing the school’s online social network, joining after-school clubs, or spending some much-needed alone time.
Relationships are a key part of the game, and the closer Hinako gets with her friends the stronger their Bond becomes. This is extremely important, as Hinako will have to rely on their support when she fights the devastating Sephira. These friendships can be cultivated further via individual Bond Episodes, which take place on the school premises after class ends, or Date Events, which occur in locations such as the movie theatre, the culture festival, the general store etc., each of which represent a particular character’s unique and quirky personality. Socializing in this way will open up a selection of options for Hinako, including Essential Missions, which progress the narrative; Important Missions, which focus on character interaction; and Common Exploration. Successfully completing a mission forges a stronger link with particular characters, and grants experience which unlocks powerful new abilities.
Outside of personal contact, players can also choose to return home and relax before another challenging day. There, they can spend time around the house and learn more about Hinako’s past, as well as browse in the popular FreeSpace! App, an indispensable tool for connecting with friends and planning activities which has become commonplace at Hoshinomiya Girl’s School.
Blue Reflection will release for PS4 and PC on the 26th of September in North America and on the 29th of September in Europe.