NIS America has announced via press release that their upcoming visual novel, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness will be making its way to PC, in addition to the PS4 and Vita. The title initially launched in Japan last year, and was quickly confirmed for localization as a result of the franchise’s growing popularity.
Interestingly enough, the title launched exclusively for the Xbox One in Japan, but the console is set to go unsupported in the Western release. Though specific reasons are unknown, the decision to bring the release to different platforms certainly seems wise. An Xbox One-exclusive release in Japan seems questionable to begin with, considering the console’s lackluster sales in the region, but that evidently wasn’t enough to halt the forward momentum of Psycho-Pass.
Mandatory Happiness is directly tied in to the overarching Psycho-Pass anime series, taking place alongside the events of the first season. In this way, the focus is on adding new layers of backstory and world-building to the established franchise, as well as introducing and detailing the range of new characters. The gameplay functions in standard visual novel style, with the player tasked with making a multitude of decisions to alter the story outcome.
For the unfamiliar, Psycho-Pass explores rather familiar sci-fi territory. Set in the near future, advancements in technology have made it possible to measure the mental state and disposition of the public. Using this technology, the ‘PsychoPass’ is responsible for monitoring the status of an individual’s life, including their stress levels and ‘Crime Coefficient’, or criminal capacity. The Public Safety Bureau uses this information to apprehend criminals and enforce justice through whatever means may be deemed necessary. Mandatory Happiness puts the player in the shoes of a Public Safety Bureau agent tasked with solving a range of cases, the outcome of which depends on the decisions made by the player.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness was developed by 5pb. and is set to launch on the PC, PS4 and Vita in Fall, this year.