‘Sword Art Online’ Producer Takes Lead in New VR Manga Game ‘TOKYO CHRONOS’, Kickstarter Now Live

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Japanese VR studio MyDearest and Los Angeles-based Sekai Project are launching a Kickstarter campaign today to fund the development of a new VR manga game. Dubbed TOKYO CHRONOS, the VR visual novel game is targeting HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PSVR.

Lead by Kazuma Miki, a producer behind VR-centric anime series Sword Art Online (2012), TOKYO CHRONOS is said to offer users a VR visual novel mystery adventure that blends visual animation with a comic book-style UI.

The story follows 16 year-old protagonist Kyosuke Sakurai (voiced by Yuto Uemura); one day Kyosuke finds himself in the “Chronos World”, a deserted Shibuya frozen in time.

Image courtesy MyDearest Inc, Sekai Project

According to press release obtained by Anime News Networkthe narrative involves “8 childhood friends separated from the reality of this world, and trapped in an empty Shibuya, barren of any other souls.”

The statement continues:

“As time and space seemingly comes to a halt, the eight begin to disappear, one by one. What has happened to this world? What is happening to the ones trapped inside this hollow void? Who is the culprit that set the mystery in motion in a space that stands still.”

TOKYO CHRONOS’ director Haruki Kashiwakura previously created 3D graphics for anime such as Rakuen Tsuihō – Expelled from Paradise (2015)Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011), and Blassreiter (2005).

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MyDearest is a Tokyo-based VR developer specializing in adventure games. Established in 2016, the company has already released several titles including the interactive manga Innocent Forest (2017) and Innocent Forest 2 (2017) for Oculus Rift and mobile VR platforms Oculus Go and Gear VR.

The creators are targeting a funding goal of $75,000, and are estimating a February 2019 delivery date of digital keys. The lowest ‘Early Bird’ funding tier of $30 gives users access to either a Steam code (Rift, Vive) or PSN code (PSVR).

You can check out the Kickstarter here.

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  • Sandy Wich

    TBH After the Naruto ending left me salty forever I’ve basically dropped off the planet of interest of anything Japanese Anime. I do miss it though… Maybe something fresh like a VR anime/game would reignite that flame?

    I think it would be epic to watch the story unfold right in front of my eyes, being a part of the character developments, looking around the environments of that universe and seeing other characters reactions and little interesting details you missed the first couple of times you watched the show simply because you weren’t looking in a less than obvious direction.

    It’s gonna happen someday, I know it. *crosses fingers*

  • Vegeta785

    Interesting.

  • Firestorm185

    So… its a Ghost Trick visual novel essentially?… heh. Interesting.