At GDC 2019, the motion RPG Crystar was introduced with the catchphrase, “For When I Weep, Then I Am Strong.” However how can weeping make you stronger? Crystar’s Producer/Director Fuyuki Hayashi explains how that’s attainable on this recreation. Crystar will likely be launched on August 27, 2019 for North America and August 30, 2019 for Europe.
Mimi Saito: Crystar begins off with the protagonist Rei killing her little sister Mirai. Are you able to inform us a bit bit concerning the plot and who helps Rei in her journey to avoid wasting her sister?
Fuyuki Hayashi: This title takes place within the afterworld referred to as Purgatory. Rei, who has killed her sister, units out to revive her by signing a contract with the Demon Twins referred to as Mephis and Pheles and changing into an Executor. As an Executor, Rei should journey by way of Purgatory and battle the Souls of the useless, known as Revenants, and discover her sister’s Soul.
Throughout her journey, Rei is joined by different characters with their very own targets and motives: Kokoro, her senior Executor who vowed to take revenge on a sure Revenant; Sen, a lady with a robust sense of justice who misplaced her mom in a tragic accident; and Nanana, a mysterious Revenant who likes Rei very a lot.
Crystar could also be a bit darkish with its themes of tears and ladies enduring hardships and combating on this planet of the useless, however there’s a whole lot of enjoyable dialogue like Rei being teased for her peculiar potato-only food regimen and the ladies having fun with one another’s firm.
MS: Who else do you meet in Purgatory in addition to Rei’s companions?
FH: Revenants, that are mainly evil spirits, seem as a number of the important enemies on this recreation. One among them is Anamnesis, who’s liable for dragging Rei and Mirai into Purgatory. She’s additionally the one who Kokoro seeks out for revenge. Anamnesis is useless and gathers the Souls of others with a purpose to grant herself Revival. She crosses paths with Rei and fights her a number of instances all through the story.
There’s additionally Mephis and Pheles, the Demon Twins who act as guides for Rei and the opposite Executors. They’re the managers of Purgatory and kind contracts with Executors to have them eliminate irregular Souls.
You too can go to Rei’s room within the realm of the dwelling and see her samoyed, Thelema. I like to recommend everybody pet her for some emotional consolation.
MS: Everybody on the Spike Chunsoft, Inc. is an enormous fan of Thelema! Interacting together with her is such a comforting second within the recreation. Are you able to discuss Crystar’s theme and the way that ties into the gameplay mechanics? How does crying really assist Rei within the recreation?
FH: There are two methods wherein characters shed tears with a purpose to develop stronger in Crystar.
First, the ladies can cry in Purgatory and summon a supernatural companion referred to as a Guardian. There’s a Tear Gauge that may be stuffed by combating or holding the cry button. The Guardian is summoned when the Tear Gauge is full, granting entry to mixture assaults and a particular ending transfer.
The second approach is by crying on this planet of the dwelling. The enemies referred to as Revenants that seem on this title had been all as soon as human. Their loss of life cries, known as Torments, seem on-screen as textual content after they’re defeated. Rei can purify these Torments by crying in her room, changing them into weapons and armor that can be utilized within the non secular realm of Purgatory. This mechanism represents the method of attaining emotional and psychological development by overcoming grief and ache by way of shedding tears.
MS: What number of customization choices are there?
HF: There are 4 playable characters who you’ll be able to freely swap round as soon as they be part of the celebration. They every fulfill one of many archetypes of all-rounder, close-range sort, combo sort, and long-range sort, so gamers can select a method that matches them greatest.
You too can discover gear that comes with slots, which will be imbued with random advantages like resistances to standing results. Discovering slotted gear and getting sure particular results for them will be one other gratifying side for the loot lovers on the market.
Plus, there are costumes you’ll be able to unlock by way of DLC or just progressing by way of the sport, which can be utilized to customise every character’s look.
MS: What was essentially the most tough side of growing Crystar?
FH: Tears are the primary motif of this recreation, so there are numerous scenes wherein characters are crying. We had some problem throughout improvement determining a recreation system implementing tears and making a darkish setting and story that convincingly results in the ladies’ weeping.
MS: Lastly, something we should always maintain a watch out for after we play?
FH: We put a whole lot of ardour and thought into creating the story and characters, and applied mechanisms involving tears and an action-based battle system so gamers can higher relate and empathize with them.
It will make me very pleased if gamers play the sport with out seeing any spoilers and luxuriate in it to the top.
Additionally, please don’t neglect to point out Thelema the samoyed a number of love!