■ Product Information
- Title: Destiny Connect
- Genre: RPG
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch
- Release Date: February 28, 2019 (Japan)
- Players: One
- Price: Standard and Download Editions: 7,200 yen (without tax) / 7,776 yen (with tax)
- CERO Rating: Pending
- Director: Yoshihiko Toda
- Art Director: Yu Inaba
- Scenario: Jun Yokota
■ Game Outline
Destiny Connect is a compeltely new RPG in development at Nippon Ichi Software.
The graphics are full 3D. The goal was a sense of beauty and comfort only possible with deformed graphics. Players will control characters and explore Clocknee, a Town with a nostalgic atmosphere, while advancing the story.
—The streets of Clocknee. It is a lovely town filled with classical buildings and private homes.
—Familiar, deformed-style characters. Conversations and event scenes all play out in 3D.
A Story that Revolves Around Time
The protagonist is Sherry, a girl who lives in the suburban town of Clocknee. In order to figure out the mystery of the disaster that struck the town, Sherry will travel through time with her companions to fight against Clocknee’s crisis. Sherry and company will encounter characters from various different eras during their adventure, and grow in the process. That being said, the “bonds between generations” is also one of the themes of this title.
—Travel to the past and future, and find out the cause of the disaster.
The setting of the story is Clocknee, a town with ancient history.
Sherry, a girl who lives in Clocknee, went to go see the fireworks show at the “Soulman Fes” New Year festival with her mother. The moment the New Year finally arrived, the people of the town mysteriously stopped moving all at once.
Strange machines started moving in place of the frozen humans.
In order to find out the cause of the disaster, Sherri sets off on a trip with the time travel mecha Isaac and her friend Pegreo to a Clocknee of the past.
January 1, 2000.
That day, the flow of time left Clocknee behind.
I was just a 10 year old kid, and I believed that the “future” would come without doing anything.
This is the story where we took back our town’s time, and reconnected the past and future.
My name is Sherry Oldies, 10 years old. I’m an ordinary girl who loves cute things and adventures.
Today is December 31, 1999. There is a big turnout for the Soulman Fes to bring in the New Year. I decided to go to the festival with my friend Pegreo.
I went to Cafe Blossom on an errand—it’s a cafe run by my grandma—where I overheard an interesting conversation. Some time ago, there was a “strnage incident” outside of town.
My grandma told me I couldn’t go because it’s dangerous, but… if you heard a story like this, you’d go check it out too, right?
When I got to the place where the incident is said to have happened, a big hole opened in the ground. The adults said that there were traces of something exploding, but was it true?
After I went next to the hole to get closer and check it out, I heard a weird motor sound from behind me. When I turned around, big machines similar to televisions were running.
The machines made awful sounds as they moved closer to us.
Pegreo let out a scream. We had to escape, but our legs were frozen in fear.
The moment I clenched my eyes shut, feeling as if all was lost, a high-pitched metallic sound rang out.
I opened my eyes in fear, and saw a man with his back turned towards us. He held something like a sword in his hand, and the machines from earlier were rolling in smoke at his feet.
The boy looked like one of those cool kid actors that appeared in old movies.
I thanked him, and the boy stupidly said, “You kids hurry home,” and went off somewhere. What a jerk! Ugh, he’s a kid, too! I can’t believe I thought he was cool for even a second!!
It made me angry to do what he said to do, but but it was getting late, so we returned home.
Today was also the day that papa came home. He was away for work for a while.
But no matter how much time passed in the day, there was no sign of papa coming home. The feast that filled the table that we had prepared for papa went completely cold.
To shake off the lonely atmosphere, mama said in a cheerfful voice, “Hey, Sherry. Why don’t we go see the fireworks? It’s the long-awaited day we bring in the New Year, so there’s no sense in being downhearted.”
The most exciting thing at the Soulman Fes are the countdown fireworks. Everyone in town gets excited while looking up at the sky.
The biggest fireworks are launched to announce the New Year, and beads of colorful lights fill the sky.
—But the fireworks never disappeared.
The fireworks and the people in town froze, as if the countdown announcement video was paused the moment it reached zero.
The only two that were moving were mama and me, bewildered by this disaster.
Actually no, there were other people moving. The strange machines that I saw earlier outside of town.
This time, they must surely mean to attack mama and I. They made dull metallic sounds and approached us.
What the heck is going on here? There was no time to sit back and think about it.
In order to get away from the machines, we ran—.
“This is bad…!! This is not fun at all!!”
A girl who lives in Clocknee. When she goes to the festival to welcome the New Year, she encounters a disaster as the entirety of town stops moving. She is active and full of curiosity.
“I was born to protect you. Now, shake my hand young lady.”
A mecha Sherry finds in her papa’s room. It has a time travel function. It claims to be an extremely close friend of her papa, but its memory is vague as its parts have been damaged.
“What will you do if you get mixed up in danger!?”
A boy whose specialty is fiddling with machines. He is extremely smart, but shy and prone to worrying. He is always at Sherry’s mercy.
Various other characters will appear in Destiny Connect. Please look forward to more introductions later on!
■ Game Format
There should be a “cause” for the strange incident that happened to the town. In order to restore year 2000 Clocknee to its original state, you will explore the Clocknees of the past and future to gather information.
Sometimes you will sneak into places where people cannot enter, and even fight against hostile machines…
—Year 2000 Clocknee. After the disaster, mecha that are hostile to humans wander about.
—Clocknee of 30 years past. Will you find a way to resolve the disaster that occurred in the year 2000?
Battles are command-based and begin upon encountering a symbol on the field. Party members and enemy characters each take action in order of speed. The turn order is displayed on the screen.
—Explore the town and insides of buildings. When you touch an enemy symbol, a battle will begin.
—Enemies may have their turns one after the other. Be careful of your remaining HP as not to be defeated.
Sherry and company will learn new skills as they continue to battle. Their effects vary, including HP recovery, preventing enemies from taking action, and powerful attacks.
—You can strengthen skills through the use of dedicated items.
■ Town Introduction
Welcome! To the cog and electricity town of Clocknee! Here we will introduce the charm of this town.
Souls Live Within Things
Things that people treasure will eventually have a soul live within them… that’s the strange sort of thing believed by those in this town. Reflecting this, it is a custom among residents that old tools continue to be used with great care.
The Cog Town
All the machines used in Clocknee use cog technology developed by the town. This technology is even used in home telephones and toys, and the general term for these devices are “Cog Products.” As there are many residents who value things, technology to repair and modify Cog Products have also developed in this town.
Save the Queen
Save the Queen is the symbol of the town. It is a huge department store where you can get everything you need to live, from telephones to fresh food and other general goods. The people of Clocknee love this place, and it has been supporting the town’s development for a long time. It’s 1,000th anniversary is currently underway!
If you are tired from walking around town, take a break at Cafe Blossom. Enjoy some good coffee and tasty sweets. The cherry pie, among other things, made by shop owner Linda is to die for. Its retro and calm interior is one of its charms.
This is the place for all your machine maintenance needs! BcFarlane Collectibles is a workshop that contracts Cog Product repairs and modifications. Stop by if you are having problems with your machines. Shop owner BcFarlane should be able to fix it immediately.
■ Game System: Modding
Isaac, a machine, can be modified at BcFarlane Collectibles. By setting parts called “Gears,” you can increase his abilities and significantly alter his battle style.
More information on modding Isaac will be shared at another time. Please look forward to it.
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