Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku (Psycho-Pass: Happiness Without Choice) was at this year’s Tokyo Game Show where it was not only playable at Microsoft’s booth but also had a presentation during the Inside Xbox livestream where they introduced some of the actors voicing the characters in the game including characters new to Psycho-Pass apparently. Unfortunately since the whole presentation was in Japanese and I can’t speak Japanese I can’t tell you who the actors are, who they are playing or what they were talking about. During that presentation they played a new trailer, which you can watch above. Although the trailer seems to be just for Season 2 of the anime series and I’m not sure if the game is mentioned as it’s entirely in Japanese with no subtitles.
They did also however play a video showing a brief demonstration of Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku on Xbox One and according to the Twitter user and Xbox fan lifelower (@lifelower) the game is currently only at protoype stage and the video was actually edited around the 2 minute mark to cut out a Kinect 2 section as taking any photos or recording any video of Kinect 2 use in the game was prohibited for some reason. The video does show the innovative use of Xbox SmartGlass though. You can watch the demo video below, although it’s entirely in Japanese with no subtitles:
Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku Demo At Microsoft’s Booth
Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku had a 5 minute demo set up at Microsoft’s booth that not only included Kinect 2 but also a tablet with Psycho-Pass’ Xbox SmartGlass app on so visitors could get the full experience of what has been created so far. You can see the set up below in these photos from the Japanese website Inside Games:
The Psycho-Pass demo only allowed players to choose a female character called Kugatachi Nadeshiko but as you can see from the Japanese website Dengeki Online’s photos of the character select screen below there will be at least 2 characters to choose from in the final game, the second character shown is a male character whose name hasn’t been revealed. (Or maybe it was revealed during the Inside Xbox presentation but like I said I don’t speak Japanese so didn’t now what they were saying.)
After a character is selected the demo starts outside the Public Security Bureau building. When you try to enter the building the game uses Xbox SmartGlass to display a fingerprint scanner on the tablet which you have to touch with your finger as you can see in these photos from Dengeki Online and Inside Games:
Using the fingerprint scanner unlocks what I presume is the Public Safety Bureau’s video intercom which also appears on the tablet via Xbox SmartGlass. A character that the game spells as Jousyu Kasei, but various sources including the Psycho-Pass Wiki spells as Joshu Kasei, then talks to the player. According to the Psych-Pass Wiki she’s a cyborg (Terminator-style, so a robot with human skin rather than a human with robotic parts) who is the Chief of the Bureau and member of the Sibyl System. I presume she eventually gives the player access to the Public Safety Bureau building because after that the player is inside a building talking to a character called Akane Tsunemori who according to the Psycho-Pass Wiki is an Inspector of the MWPSB in Unit 1 and also the main female protagonist of at least Season 1 of the Psycho-Pass anime. You can see Dengeki Online and Inside Games’ photos of those scenes below.
At some point around those scenes there are Kinect 2 features. There are some gestures and possibly some other kind of interactions where Kinect 2 reacts to you. It’s all a bit vague because I’m relying on Google Translate to get the details, plus as a I said before taking photos and recording videos of the Kinect 2 sections was prohibited. I’m thinking maybe you can use speech recognition to talk to Joshu Kasei via Kinect 2 or the tablet and/or maybe you have to perform some kind of gestures to gain access to the Public Safety Bureau building and/or maybe the game reacts to facial expressions in some way? These are all purely speculations on my part though.
It’s unknown whether Psycho-Pass: Sentaku Naki Kōfuku will be translated into English and other languages for release outside of Japan and Phil Spencer seemed to doubt it when asked on Twitter. However I let him know that the Psycho-Pass anime had been localised and is available on Blu-Ray & DVD in the UK and he said he’d look into it so hopefully that will improve the game’s chances of being released worldwide!
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