Net High, Marvelous’ brand new IP and adventure game for the Vita.
I’m not really sure where to start with this one, so I’ll just open with this: no, that’s not Kamina.
Now that we’ve acknowledged the enormous elephant in the room, let’s see if we can make sense of all this net lingo and insanity.
Net High stars Oreshi (the kanji of which just ends up meaning “I”), a 21 year old freeter. One day he incidentally comes into possession of a super duper high tech wearable device, which changes his life forever. Shiru is the AI that lives in the device, helping out Oreshi on his quest to seek the truth of the world.
MC is a mysterious figure who seems to have control over all the systems running the city.
The core game flow revolves on visiting an SNS (fake Twitter), digging up information on your opponent, and then confronting them with it to prove that the persona they have visible to the public is actually complete lies. In the above image, you can see that Mr. Elite is actually a chubby stereotypical nerd. The article doesn’t go into much detail on how these battles play out, but they make use of in-game social networks.
This seems like a really interesting concept, and reminds me a lot of other adventure titles which tried to mix up the formula in unique ways (Ace Attorney, DanganRonpa). It feels like Marvelous is aiming for something similar here, especially given the overall design of the project.
Hope this ends up being rad.