Nippon Ichi Software has made an official announcement for Xicatrice, the “superpowers x academy RPG” game after teasing it earlier this week. The game will be released on June 29 in Japan and will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Switch platforms.
Get the first details below.
- Title: Xicatrice
- Genre: Superpowers x Academy RPG
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch
- Release Date: June 29, 2023 (Japan)
- Players: One
- Price: 6,980 yen (without tax) / 7,678 yen (with tax)
- Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
- Development Manager: Takuma Tatsumi
- Character Design: Saijou Yoshiaki
- Monster Design: Kakeru Hibino
- CERO: Pending
- Official Website: nippon1.jp
- Official Twitter: @Xicatrice
- Copyright: ©2023 Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Xicatrice is a new “superpowers x academy RPG” game that boasts approximately 300 different skills and offers highly flexible character development. Players assume the role of a teacher leading a special unit of students who embark on dangerous missions in response to emergencies. In this world of “superpowers,” the game provides a deep and engaging experience, allowing each player to develop their own unique strategy. The game’s title is derived from the French word for “scar,” and the seven students will confront the emotional scars of their past as they awaken to their superpowers and face the challenges ahead.
The world has seen the rise of “superpowers” for over a century. While some individuals with these powers use them for the greater good, others abuse them, causing chaos and destruction. Despite efforts to prevent such incidents, they continue to occur.
Then they came up with the Reserve Anti Unusual Talent Team (RAUT). Basically, they pretended to train and supervise young people with superpowers, but they could also jump in and help out during crazy incidents.
The story takes place in 2023 and follows a former AUT member who lost their powers after something crazy happened. This person becomes the teacher for the 302nd Unit of RAUT.
In this game, the player takes on the role of a teacher responsible for the development of seven students. The teacher will schedule weekly lessons to enhance the students’ basic stats, such as stamina and judgment, by selecting a suitable curriculum.
Unlike traditional games where skills are acquired through leveling up in battles, in this game, skills are obtained as the students’ basic stats improve. These basic stats not only affect combat abilities but also school life events, including regular exams.
It’s worth noting that each student has their strengths and weaknesses in different subjects, and their basic stats grow at different rates. Therefore, the ease of growth and development for each student varies.
- Vast Skill Variety
This game offers a vast collection of approximately 300 active and passive skills, allowing for highly flexible skill builds. After learning a skill in class, players can equip it to their character before battle. However, since there’s a limit to the number of skills that can be equipped, players need to choose the most suitable skills for the enemy they’re facing.
Some skills may appear cumbersome at first but can prove to be valuable when combined with another skill. As the students grow, the maximum number of skills that can be equipped will also increase, providing greater flexibility in skill builds.
“Proposal and Choice” Fight Together in Command-Based Battles
The seven students of RAUT will tackle cases involving superpowers by fighting against “monsters” created by negative emotions and criminal superpower users.
Battles in the game are command-based, where players choose one action per turn from a list of proposed actions. While the player cannot participate directly in battles due to losing their superpowers, their experience as a former AUT member will guide the students to victory with precise instructions.
During battles, the students will propose skills each turn based on the skills they have equipped. As the teacher, players will need to strategize and guide their students to make the best use of their skills to overcome the challenges they face.
If I Can’t Protect My Students…
It’s super important for someone with superpowers to deal with emotional baggage and heal from trauma. Their powers might end up controlling them. You’ve gotta get where your students are at and guide them well during dangerous missions to avoid disasters. As a teacher and leader of RAUT.
Even if things go sideways or certain things happen in a playthrough, you can still progress and do better next time if you earn bonuses. This encourages learning from mistakes and developing your character in different ways. This promotes learning from mistakes and provides opportunities for flexible character development.
Toma Asahi (voiced by Saho Shirasu)
Kei Namisaki (voiced by Kanako Nomura)
Haruki Suzuhira (voiced by Fumiya Imai)
Shiduru Nagamiya (voiced by Ayasa Itou)
Ichika Otoha (voiced by Emiri Suyama)
Wakaba Shinomori (voiced by Hina Natsume)
Yuichi Kamishiro (voiced by Tetsuro Noda)
players can earn bonuses that aid in progressing more favorably during subsequent playthroughs.