Steins;Gate 0, a Steins;Gate Sequel, Being Made as Both a Visual Novel and Anime [UPDATE]

In addition to announcing a visual novel based on his light novel, Occultic;Nine, Chiyomaru Shikura has announced that there will be another entry in the Steins;Gate franchise, which will be called Steins;Gate 0, and will include both a visual novel and an anime. You can watch the debut trailer for the game above.

There’s not much information yet. What we do know is that Zero takes place in the beta timeline: the Shibuya district has had to be reconstructed thanks to a war, and a string of deaths happen during the reconstruction. New characters will apparently be joining the cast. Here’s what the cast of Steins;Gate 0 look like:

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In the original, a group of friends send text messages to the past through their microwave. As they perform experiments, they draw the attention of SERN, an organization researching time travel, and must avoid capture.

Matsubara Tatsuya will be producing the game, Huke will be responsible for character design, and the scenario writers for the visual novel will be Hayashi Naotaka , Yasumoto Toru, Takimoto Masashi, and Tsuchiya Tsukasa. Abo Takeshi will be responsible for the music.

See the rest of the images released for the project below. The official website for the game has also been opened.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

(Thanks, Hachima Kikou, Famitsu, Inside Games.)

[Editor’s note: this article has been edited and updated since publication.]

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With over ten years' experience as an editor, Dimi is Niche Gamer's Managing Editor. He has indefinitely put a legal career on hold in favor of a life of video games: priorities.

  1. X-Force Blizzard
    X-Force Blizzard
    March 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    It’s happening!

  2. tBanzai
    March 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

    So basically they’re making a visual novel of the spin off works that already exist? The Steins;Gate Epigraph trilogy kind of covered the beta time line already..

  3. vileBrenman
    March 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Ohh shit my feels are gonna get the best of me while playin this one

  4. Nazrie naz
    Nazrie naz
    March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Can anyone explain everything to me about the spinoff ..steins gate epigraph trilogy ?

  5. Nazrie naz
    Nazrie naz
    March 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I would like to know more about the spin off..can you explain it to me?

  6. Nonscpo
    March 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Great looking forward to playing the first title on Vita soon :)

  7. KoRLumen
    March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    IIRC It takes place some time after Okabe makes it back to Beta Attractor Field, but the events that enable him to go to the Steins;Gate worldline never occur, so Makise is never revived (In other words, the Makise Ending in the original VN). It starts out with Okabe getting friendly with some neurologist professor, meeting an old colleague of Makise’s, and being introduced to an AI named Amadeus.

  8. ThePringus
    March 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Can someone please put Dr. Steve Brule in a lab coat and quote it with Steins;Grate El psy crungus kthnx

  9. ThePringus
    March 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Aye, I’ve put off the anime for over a year cuz I’d rather do the vn but never got around to buying it and now that it’s gonna be on my sweet sweet Vita I’m gonna be all up in that once it drops, prolly gonna get it for ps3 as well just to support the localization, nameen?

  10. Random45
    March 28, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    The beta timeline was the one in which World War 3 happened, right?

    So this is basically a prequel, kinda. I don’t like the idea of that, since I’ve never been a fan of prequels, but then again, there’s not really a way to make a sequel to Steins;gate, is there? Still, at least there’s more Steins;gate. I hope it gets translated into English soon.

  11. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 29, 2015 at 5:29 am

    More like an … equel, really. Quel?

  12. TheSegaMan
    March 30, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Steins;Gate is one of those anime/games that just doesn’t need a sequel. It ended perfectly. But the synopsis for this sounds more like an alternate universe type story, so this should be interesting.

  13. Erodred
    April 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    OMFG I love me some S;G