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Steins;Gate
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North American standard edition cover art, featuring the three main characters; Rintarō Okabe, Kurisu Makise and Mayuri Shiina.
シュタインズ・ゲート
(Shutainzu Gēto)
GenreScience fiction, Mystery, Romance
Game
Developer 5pb., Nitroplus
Publisher 5pb.
Kadokawa Shoten (PSP)
Nitroplus (PC)
JAST USA (PC, North America)
Genre Visual novel
Rating CERO: C[1] (Xbox 360, PSP, PS3, PS Vita)
ESRB: M (PC)
Platform Xbox 360, Windows, PSP, iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Android
Released Xbox 360
October 15, 2009 (JP)
Windows
August 26, 2010 (JP)
March 31, 2014 (NA)
PSP
June 23, 2011 (JP)
iOS
August 25, 2011[2] (WW)
PlayStation 3
May 24, 2012 (JP)
PlayStation Vita
March 14, 2013 (JP)
Android
June 27, 2013 (WW)
Manga
Written by Sarachi Yomi
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run September 26, 2009 – ongoing
Manga
Steins;Gate: Bōkan no Rebellion
Written by Kenji Mizuta
Published by Mag Garden
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Comic Blade
Original run February 2010 – ongoing
Manga
Steins;Gate: Onshu no Braunian Motion
Written by Takeshi Mizoguchi
Published by Enterbrain, Inc.
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run July 2010 – ongoing
Manga
Steins;Gate: Shijō Saikyō no Slight Fever
Written by Yuzuhana Morita
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comptiq
Monthly Shōnen Ace
Original run February 2011 – ongoing
Game
Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling
Developer 5pb.,
Publisher 5pb.
Genre Visual novel
Platform Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iOS
Released Xbox 360
June 16, 2011 (JP)
PSP
April 26, 2012 (JP)
PS3
May 24, 2012 (JP)
PS Vita
March 14, 2013 (JP)
iOS
October 3, 2013[3] (JP)
TV anime
Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki
Takuya Sato
Produced by Gaku Iwasa
Written by Jukki Hanada
Music by Takeshi Abo
Studio White Fox
Network AT-X, CTC, NND, SUN-TV, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, TVK, TVS
Original run April 6, 2011September 14, 2011
Episodes 24 + 1 OVA (List of episodes)
Game
Steins;Gate Hen'i Kuukan no Octet
Developer 5pb., Nitroplus, GigasDrop
Publisher 5pb, Nitroplus
Genre Visual novel
Platform Windows
Released PC
October 10, 2011 (JP)
Manga
Steins;Gate: Aishin Meizu no Babel
Written by Shinichirou Nariie
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ultra Jump
Original run May 15, 2012 – ongoing
Anime film
Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu
Directed by Kanji Wakabayashi
Written by Jukki Hanada
Studio White Fox
Released April 20, 2013
Game
Steins;Gate Senkei Kōsoku no Phenogram
Developer 5pb., Nitroplus
Publisher 5pb.
Genre Visual novel
Platform Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Released Xbox 360 and PS3
April 25, 2013 (JP)
PS Vita
November 28, 2013 (JP)
Anime and Manga Portal

Steins;Gate (シュタインズ・ゲート Shutainzu Gēto?) is a Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus and released for the Xbox 360 on October 15, 2009. It is the second game in 5pb. and Nitroplus' Science Adventure series following Chaos;Head and was succeeded by Robotics;Notes. The game was ported to Windows on August 26, 2010, PlayStation Portable on June 23, 2011, iOS on August 25, 2011, PlayStation 3[4] on May 24, 2012, PlayStation Vita on March 14, 2013, and Android on June 27, 2013. The game is described by the development team as a "hypothetical science ADV" (想定科学ADV Sōtei Kagaku ADV?).[5] The gameplay in Steins;Gate follows a non-linear plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction. JAST USA will release the PC version in North America on March 31, 2014, both digitally and as a physical collector's edition.[6][7][8][9][10]

A manga adaptation of the story illustrated by Sarachi Yomi began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on September 26, 2009. A second manga series illustrated by Kenji Mizuta began serialization in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade on December 28, 2009. An anime adaptation by White Fox aired in Japan between April 6, 2011 and September 14, 2011 and has been licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment. An animated film premiered in Japanese theaters on April 20, 2013.[11][12] A fan disc of the game titled Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling was released on June 16, 2011. An 8-bit sequel to the game titled Steins;Gate: Hen'i Kuukan no Octet was released on October 28, 2011.[13] Another game, Steins;Gate Kōsoku no Phenogram was released on April 25, 2013.[14]

Gameplay

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Steins;Gate's gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, there are specific points in Steins;Gate where the user is given a choice to affect the direction of the game.

For these decision points, Steins;Gate presents the user with the "phone trigger" (フォーントリガー fōn torigā?) system which is similar to the "delusional trigger" system that was introduced in Chaos;Head. When the player receives a phone call from somebody, the player can choose to answer or ignore the call. Incoming text messages will have specific words underlined and highlighted in blue, much like a hyperlink on a browser, where the player can select on to reply to the text message. Most phone calls or text messages do not have to be responded to though there are certain points in the game where the player is required to take action. Depending on the player's choices on how to respond to these phone calls and text messages, the plot will progress in a specific direction.[1]

Plot

Setting and themes

Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head,[15] in Akihabara. Physical locales of Akihabara like the Radio Kaikan building can be spotted in the game.[16] According to Chiyomaru Shikura, who headed the planning of Steins;Gate, Akihabara was chosen because it is an easy place for acquiring hardware parts which makes it the ideal place for people interested in inventing and tinkering with things.[17] The notion of time and time traveling are the main themes of the game.[16][18] The concept of cause and effect is featured prominently in the game as the protagonist travels back in time numerous times to perform different actions in an attempt to alter what has happened in the future.[18]

Main characters

Rintarō Okabe (岡部 倫太郎 Okabe Rintarō?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
The player assumes the role of Rintarō Okabe, the protagonist of Steins;Gate. Okabe is an eccentric individual, a self-proclaimed mad scientist and often refers to himself under the alias of Kyōma Hōōin (鳳凰院 凶真 Hōōin Kyōma?),[16] which is also the name he uses to introduce himself to other people. Mayuri and Daru refer to him by the nickname Okarin (オカリン?), a portmanteau of his surname and given name. He is the founder of what he calls the "Future Gadget Laboratory" (未来ガジェット研究所 Mirai Gajetto Kenkyūjo?) in Akihabara where he spends most of his time. Okabe gives off the appearance of being delusional and paranoid, frequently referring to the "organization" that is after him, talking to himself on his phone, and engaging in fits of maniacal laughter. Most of the time he takes on a fairly arrogant personality. He is usually seen wearing a lab coat. As he experiments with time travel, he learns that he is the only one who possesses the ability to determine changes between different timelines, which he dubs "Reading Steiner". He is 18 years old and a first year student at Tokyo Denki University.[19]
Kurisu Makise (牧瀬 紅莉栖 Makise Kurisu?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
Kurisu Makise is the main female protagonist of the game. She is a neuroscience researcher at an American university, and can speak and read English well. Having had her research published in the academic journal Sciency at the young age of 18, Makise is extremely talented.[20] She skipped a grade in the American school system. She does not get along with her father and has not spoken to him in many years. Okabe often just calls her assistant (助手 joshu?) or one of a number of nicknames he comes up with, such as "Christina" (クリスティーナ Kurisutīna?), "the Zombie", and "Celeb Sev", none of which she likes. She is considered a tsundere character.[who?] She is 18 years old.[21] Her @chan username (the game's in-universe version of 2channel) "KuriGohan and Kamehameha" makes a cameo on Kaito Yashio's PokeCom tablet in episode 9 of Robotics;Notes.
Mayuri Shiina (椎名 まゆり Shiina Mayuri?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Jackie Ross (English)
Mayuri Shiina is a long time childhood friend of Rintarō and is a bit of an airhead. Shiina enjoys creating cosplay costumes and has a part-time job at a maid cafe called "Mayqueen Nyannyan".[22] She often calls herself Mayushii (まゆしぃ?), a portmanteau of her given name and surname, which is also what Daru calls her. She has a distinctive sing-song way of speaking, and she typically sings tutturū (トゥットゥルー?) when she arrives or introduces herself. She is 16 and she is a second year at a private university preparatory school.[23]
Itaru "Daru" Hashida (橋田・ダル・至 Hashida "Daru" Itaru?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Tyson Rinehart (English)
Itaru Hashida is an experienced hacker who has known Okabe since high school. He is very skilled at computer programming and with old and new computer hardware. He is also well-versed in things pertaining to otaku culture.[16] Okabe and Shiina refer to him by the nickname "Daru", a portmanteau of his given name and surname. Okabe sometimes also calls him Super Haker (スーパーハカー Sūpā Hakā?) (Hack in the English Dub), mispronouncing the word "hacker" (ハッカー hakkā?) to his chagrin. He is a big fan of Feiris and he frequently says things which could be taken as sexual harassment. Daru is often annoyed with Okabe's frequent delusional behavior. He is 19 years old and, like Okabe, is a first year student at Tokyo Denki University.[24] He appears in Robotics;Notes as DaSH.
Moeka Kiryū (桐生 萌郁 Kiryū Moeka?)
Voiced by: Saori Gotō (Japanese), Jessica Cavanagh (English)
Moeka Kiryū is a tall girl who Okabe bumps into in Akihabara and is on a search for the IBN 5100 personal computer. Kiryū is extremely protective of her mobile phone and becomes agitated if someone tries to take it from her hands. She is very shy and prefers to talk to someone by sending them a text message instead of speaking, even if they are right in front of her.[25] Okabe calls her Shining Finger (閃光の指圧師(シャイニング・フィンガー) Shainingu Fingā?). She is 20 years old.[26]
Ruka Urushibara (漆原 るか Urushibara Ruka?)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
Ruka Urushibara is a friend of Okabe, his appearance is that of a female and he acts in a feminine way due to his upbringing, wearing girl's clothing within and outside his/her father's temple. He/She is a close friend and classmate of Shiina and is often asked try on her cosplay costumes, though quite shy, s/he generally refuses.[27] He/She is possibly transgender (due to wishing he was born female), and is unsure of his/her feelings towards Okabe, who calls him by his/her full name Rukako (ルカ子?), and thinks of Ruka in the male timeline as a pupil. S/He is 17 years old. While s/he does become a female for part of the story and in most of the time lines throughout the story, canonically s/he is male by the end in only one of multiple times lines Ruka was female. Creators suggest the single time line Ruka was male, is the anomaly specific to Ruka alone, suggesting Ruka could have possibly been in the incorrect timeline compared to the others, thus the concept of changing the mothers diet from meat to vegetables having no scientific support that it can alter a fetus' sex outcome in any way confirms, Ruka was in the wrong timeline from the beginning.[28]
Faris Nyannyan (フェイリス・ニャンニャン Feirisu Nyannyan?) / Rumiho Akiha (秋葉 留未穂 Akiha Rumiho?)
Voiced by: Haruko Momoi (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
Faris Nyannyan works at the maid cafe "Mayqueen Nyannyan", the same maid cafe that Shiina works at, and is the most popular waitress there.[29] Her real name is Rumiho Akiha, whose family owns Akihabara, her being the one suggested it become the city of moe and anime. She tends to add "meow" (ニャン nyan?) to her sentences. She is 17 years old.[30]
Suzuha Amane (阿万音 鈴羽 Amane Suzuha?)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
Suzuha Amane works part-time for the landlord of Okabe's apartment and is on a search for her father in Akihabara. She enjoys riding her bicycle and appears to be at odds with Makise for some reason.[31] Later it is discovered that she is actually a time traveler from the future and is the future daughter of Daru. She is 18 years old.[32] She is the main protagonist of the side-story manga, Steins;Gate: Bōkan no Rebellion.
Yūgo Tennōji (天王寺 裕吾 Tennōji Yūgo?)
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
He is Okabe's landlord, who owns a TV repair store beneath his apartment, living with his daughter, Nae. Okabe often gives him the nickname "Mr. Braun" for his passion to Braun tube TV. He is the protagonist of the side-story manga, Steins;Gate: Onshū no Braunian Motion.[33]
Nae Tennōji (天王寺 綯 Tennōji Nae?)
Voiced by: Ayano Yamamoto (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)
Yūgo's daughter who lives with him in the TV repair store and gets along well with Shiina. She later appears in Robotics;Notes as a member of JAXA.[34]

Story

True End route

The following summary is based upon the True End route.

Steins;Gate takes place in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. On July 28, 2010, Rintarō Okabe and his friend Mayuri Shiina head towards the Radio Kaikan building for a conference, where Rintarō finds a girl named Kurisu Makise lying in a pool of blood.[35] As Rintarō sends a text message about the incident to his friend, Itaru "Daru" Hashida, he experiences a strange phenomenon and the people around him disappear, with no-one else noticing anything had changed.[36] After later running into Kurisu, who is strangely alive and well, and discovering the message he had sent to Itaru had arrived a week before he sent it,[37][38] Rintarō soon deduces that the 'Mobile Microwave' he and his friends had been developing is, in fact, a time machine capable of sending text messages to the past.[16][39] He and his friends soon learn that SERN, an organization that has been researching time travel for some time, has actually succeeded in sending humans into the past although they seem to have all resulted in the test subjects' deaths. Rintarō begins experimenting with "D-Mails" (Dメール D mēru?, short for DeLorean mail), which begin to cause major differences in the timeline. Kurisu also manages to create a device to send a person's memories through the microwave, allowing that person to effectively leap into the past.

However, SERN learns of the time machine and sends a group to retrieve it, killing Mayuri in the process. Using Kurisu's time leap machine, Rintarō travels back in time numerous times to try to save Mayuri, but to no avail. As Rintarō reaches wit's end, he is approached by Suzuha Amane, a girl from a future ruled by SERN due to their possession of a time machine, who tells him that he needs to return to a Beta world line in which Mayuri won't die. By undoing the effects of the D-Mails that caused shifts in the time line, Rintarō regains possession of an IBN 5100 PC that they lost earlier, allowing them to crack into SERN's systems and delete the evidence of Rintarō's original D-Mail. However, Rintarō realizes that by doing so, he would have to return to a world line in which Kurisu is dead. After realizing their feelings for each other, Kurisu tells Rintarō to save Mayuri.[40] Reluctantly, Rintarō agrees and deletes the evidence of his D-Mail from SERN's database, returning him to the Beta world line.

Some time later, Suzuha appears before Rintarō, having arrived in a time machine from the future. She tells Rintarō that the only way to prevent World War III in the future is to prevent Kurisu's death at the hands of her father, Dr. Nakabachi, who stole her time travel theory to present to SERN.[41] However, this operation ends in a disaster as Rintarō ends up killing Kurisu himself by mistake.[42] After this failure, Rintarō receives a message from his future self, telling him that the way to save Kurisu without altering the events that led to him developing a time machine is to fool his past self into believing Kurisu had been killed and thus achieving the final divergence value of 1.048596%, which he dubs the 'Steins Gate'.[43][44] Returning to the past again, Rintarō puts his own life in danger in order to save Kurisu's life, prevent Nakabachi from successfully escaping with the time travel theory, and fool his past self, setting him on his journey through time. Returning to the Steins Gate world line, safe from the threat of SERN, Rintarō and Kurisu manage to reunite by chance (or by fate) in the streets of Akihabara.[45]

Alternate endings

The player's choices throughout the game may result in alternate endings.

In the Suzuha Amane Ending, Okabe decides to not send the D-Mail that would prevent him from pursuing Suzuha. In order to prevent Mayuri's death, he re-lives the final two days before her murder through constant time-leaping. After countless leaps, Okabe loses all emotion and personality due to re-living the same two days for all eternity. Eventually, Suzuha notices Okabe's behavior. She tells him that he will slowly "die" on the inside, and the world's set divergence will continue as planned. Both of them decide to travel to the past together and vow to stop SERN's dystopia future, despite the possibility of both losing their memories on arrival.

In the Faris Nyannyan Ending, Okabe decides to not send the D-Mail that results in the death of Faris' father and the loss of the IBN 5100 computer. He instead sends a different D-Mail in an attempt to convince Faris' father to not part with the IBN computer. Beyond 1% divergence is achieved, but the divergence meter gives a strange output and none of Okabe's friends have any memories of him. In this worldline, Okabe and Faris are a couple and live together, participating in Rainet Access Battlers card game tournaments. Although disappointed that none of his friends remember him, Okabe is still satisfied that he was able to prevent Mayuri's death. He decides to build a new life with Faris at his side.

In the Ruka Urushibara Ending, Okabe decides to not send the D-Mail that reverts Ruka back to a guy. He fully accepts Mayuri's expected death and makes no more attempts to save her. Okabe and Ruka decide to spend the rest of their lives together, both of them sharing the same guilt and sadness that only they would understand.

In the Mayuri Shiina Ending, Okabe must choose between saving Mayuri or Kurisu. Realizing that he harbors romantic feelings for Mayuri, Okabe and Kurisu decide to return to the Beta worldline in which Kurisu's murder continues as planned. After hacking into SERN's database with the IBN computer, 1% divergence is achieved. Okabe vows to remember his memories of Kurisu, and spends his time with Mayuri as lovers.

The Kurisu Makise Ending follows a similar route to the True End. To achieve this ending, one must have had several conversations with Kurisu throughout the game. Doing so allows Okabe and Kurisu to realize their inner feelings for each other. Unlike the True End, Kurisu's death is not prevented after the credits.

Development

Steins;Gate is the second collaborative work between 5pb. and Nitroplus after Chaos;Head.[5] The game was created with the concept of "99% science (reality) and 1% fantasy" in mind.[46] The planning for Steins;Gate was headed by Chiyomaru Shikura of 5pb.[18] The characters were designed by Ryohei Fuke, also known as 'Huke' (known as one of the illustrators of Metal Gear series, and the creator of Black Rock Shooter franchise) whereas the gadgets were designed by Sh@rp.[18] Naotaka Hayashi of 5pb. wrote the scenario with assistance from Vio Shimokura of Nitroplus. Tatsuya Matsuhara from 5pb. was the producer and Tosō Pehara from Nitroplus was the art director.[18] The music was composed by Takeshi Abo of 5pb. and Toshimichi Isoe of Zizz Studio.[18] Shikura, Hayashi, Matsuhara, Abo, and Isoe had all previously worked on Chaos;Head.

Prior to the game's announcement, a teaser site was featured on 5pb.'s website that simply referred to the game as Project S;G and stating that it was going to be a collaboration between 5pb. and Nitroplus.[47] This was not the first time that a second collaborative project between 5pb. and Nitroplus was mentioned as Nitroplus's website had hinted at this on its 10th anniversary website.[48] Matsuhara, who was also the producer for Chaos;Head, had previously stated that the game would be centred around Akihabara and that the project with Nitroplus would be the second part in a series around the theme "Science Novels (科学ノベル Kagaku Noberu?)".[49] On June 12, 2009, the countdown expired and the name Steins;Gate was revealed.[5]

Matsuhara, who was the one originally thought of the concept of the phone trigger system, stated that they initially wanted to incorporate the player's own mobile phone into the system. However, the idea was abandoned due to concerns of clashing with Japan's privacy laws.[50] When asked if the phone trigger system would be used in a possible sequel to the game, Hayashi stated that he hoped this would not be the case and recalled saying "who thought of this system!" while writing the contents of the text messages.[50] While Shitakura did not directly contribute to the script itself, Hayashi stated that Shitakura helped with the overall plot and provided assistance with the second half of the story. In particular, Shitakura helped a lot on the time traveling aspects of the story.[51] Hayashi stated that while he did not want the script to repeat the same text over and over again, it was ultimately unavoidable due to the player having to travel back in time so he tried to place emphasis on the overall tempo of the plot's development and how the plot unfolded.[51] With regards to the theme of time traveling, Hayashi had felt that it seemed like a topic that was overdone and expressed concern over it when he first heard the idea from Shikura.[51]

Kana Hanazawa stated that she was happy to have been selected to be in Steins;Gate as she felt that it was not common to be able to play a part in a serious game. She also thought that the game gives the player more of a thrilling sensation rather than a frightening one and it entices the player to continue reading.[52]

Release history

Steins;Gate was first declared gold on September 18, 2009[53] with a demo of the game being made available a few weeks later on the Xbox Live Marketplace on October 7, 2009[54] for Xbox Live Gold members and then publicly on October 14, 2009.[55] The demo allows the player to play through the prologue and the game's first chapter.[54] Steins;Gate was released in both limited and regular editions on October 15, 2009. The limited edition contained the game itself, a toy named "Future Gadget #3 Lie Detector" from the game and a small hardcover artbook that includes various illustrations and background information about the game's universe as well as comments from the staff members.[1] A Windows port of the game was released on August 26, 2010,[56] the port will include additional CGs.[57] A PlayStation Portable port of the game was released on June 23, 2011.[58] The game includes elements from the downloadable contents of the Xbox 360 version as well as a new opening movie, a new opening theme and a new ending theme.[59] The game was also released for Apple iOS devices on August 25, 2011.[2] A port for PlayStation Vita that includes the original game as well Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling, was released on March 14, 2013.[60] All copies will come with a free movie ticket for the upcoming film. The standard edition will cost 10,290 yen, while a special limited edition will cost 17,800 yen. At Anime Expo 2013, JAST USA announced they will be releasing the PC version of the game in North America.[6]

Sequels

The game also produced two sequels: Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling and Steins;Gate: Henikuukan no Octet.

Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling was released on June 6, 2011, and similar to Chaos;Head Love Chu Chu!, the story for this sequel is irrelevant to the original game, and takes more of a comedy spin. It was originally an Xbox 360 exclusive, though ports later followed for PS3, PSP, and PlayStation Vita.[61] A version for iOS was released on October 3, 2013 as well.[62]

Steins;Gate: Hen'i Kuukan no Octet, however, is a non-canon extension of the True End of the original game. Unlike the modern visual novel format of the original game, this retro game mimics the style of graphical text adventure games from the 8-bit PC era (e.g. PC-88), with the player typing short commands to interact with and explore the game world. It features all backgrounds and characters drawn in a low-color pixelated style with emulated scanlines, chiptune music played through an emulated FM chip, and features no voice acting. The premise of the game features Rintarō Okabe receiving a D-Mail from himself in 2025 that states that he must save the future by reclaiming an IBN 5100 from a person under of the alias "Neidhardt". This person is heavily implied to be Takumi Nishijō of Chaos;Head, since he runs under the same player name in his favorite MMORPG, and the D-Mail also states that "Neidhardt" lives in Shibuya and has "inherent, supernatural abilities", a reference to his power as a gigalomaniac. Although non-canon, the game contains many easter eggs and references that connect Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate together. The game was released on October 28, 2011 as a PC exclusive. A game demo is currently available.[13] An official manga adaptation of the game's story has also been released.[63] Much like the main game, it also received an unofficial English fan translation.[64]

A third spin-off game titled Steins;Gate Senkei Kōsoku no Phenogram, was released on April 25, 2013 in Japan for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game offers alternative stories that vary in terms of canon, some from the viewpoint of other lab members besides Okabe.[65] A PlayStation Vita port of the game was released on November 28, 2013.[66]

Related media

Internet radio show

An Internet radio show to promote Steins;Gate named "Steins;Gate Radio Future Gadget Radio Show (Steins;Gate ラジオ 未来ガジェット電波局 Steins;Gate Rajio Mirai Gajetto Denpakyoku?)" began broadcasting on September 11, 2009.[67] The show was streamed online on every Friday, and was produced by HiBiKi Radio Station. The show was hosted by Asami Imai, the voice actress of Kurisu Makise, and Kana Hanazawa, the voice actress of Mayuri Shiina. Guests that appeared on the show included Yū Kobayashi, the voice actress of Ruka Urushibara,[68] and Ayano Yamamoto, the voice actress of Nae Tennōji (天王寺綯 Tennōji Nae?).[69] The last show was aired on October 30, 2009. A CD containing a special Comiket show with Haruko Momoi, the voice actress of Feiris Nyannyan, as the guest was released on December 29, 2009.[70][71] A collection of all eight broadcast Internet radio shows, the Comiket show, and one new show was released on February 3, 2010, in a bundle together with the soundtrack of the game.[72] The Internet radio shows are recorded in MP3 format.[72]

Manga

On September 26, 2009, a manga adaptation by Sarachi Yomi began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive's November 2009 issue.[73] Although the manga was released before the visual novel, the story is inspired from the game.

Four side-story manga series are currently being serialised. Steins;Gate: Bōkan no Rebellion (STEINS;GATE 亡環のリベリオン Shutainzu Gēto Bōkan no Reberion?, "Steins;Gate: Death Ring Rebellion"), illustrated by Kenji Mizuta, began serialization in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade's February 2010 issue.[71] The manga focuses on Suzuha Amane as it tells the events of the story from her point of view. Steins;Gate: Onshū no Braunian Motion (STEINS;GATE 恩讐のブラウニアンモーション Shutainzu Gēto Onshū no Buraunian Mōshon?, "Steins;Gate: Love/Hate Braunian Motion), illustrated by Takeshi Mizoguchi, began serialization in Famitsu's Comic Clear web magazine and it takes the point of view of Yūgo Tennōji.[74] Steins;Gate: Shijō Saikyō no Slight Fever (STEINS;GATE 史上最強のスライトフィーバー Shutainzu Gēto Shijō Saikyō no Suraito Fībā?, "Steins;Gate: The World's Strongest Slight Fever"), illustrated by Yuzuhana Morita, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq's February 2011 issue and was transferred to Monthly Shōnen Ace in its October 2011 issue. The manga focuses on main heroine Kurisu Makise as the events are told from her point of view. Another manga, titled Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Sweets Honey (STEINS;GATE 比翼恋理のスイーツはにー Shutainzu Gēto Hiyoku Renri no Suītsu Hanī?) started serializing on Comic Blade in its August 2011 issue. It follows the events told in the fandisc. A manga adaptation of the drama CD, Steins;Gate: Aishin Meizu no Babel (STEINS;GATE 哀心迷図のバベル Shutainzu Gēto Aishin Meizu no Baberu?), also told from Kurisu's perspective, is being illustrated by Shinichirou Nariie and will begin serialisation in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine from May 15, 2012.[75]

A spinoff comedy manga, titled Steins;Gate! (しゅたいんず・げーと?), was illustrated by Nini and serialized in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive's March 2011 issue.

A book containing information and designs of Steins;Gate was published by Enterbrain on February 26, 2010.[76]

Drama CDs

Three drama CDs were released on March 31, 2010, April 28, 2010, and June 2, 2010 respectively.[77] The first drama CD takes place in the tenth chapter of Kurisu's route.[77]

Anime

On July 25, 2010, Chiyomaru Shikura announced on his Twitter account that Steins;Gate would be adapted into an anime.[78] Further details about the adaptation were revealed in the September 2010 issues of Newtype and Comptiq.[79] The adaptation was produced by White Fox[80] and aired in Japan between April 6, 2011 and September 14, 2011.[80] The entire series was released in Japan on nine DVD/Blu-ray combo packs. Each set features 2-3 episodes, an art book, and a bonus disc containing music and radio dramas by the Japanese voice cast. An OVA episode was released with the final DVD/BD volume on February 22, 2012.[81] The adaptation was directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Satō,[80] with series' composition by Jukki Hanada and music by Takeshi Abo and Murakami Jun.[80] Funimation Entertainment has licensed the series in North America and released the series in two Blu-ray/DVD combo sets, on September 25, 2012[82][83][84] and December 18, 2012 respectively.[85] Manga Entertainment have licensed the series in the United Kingdom and released it in two parts on July 15, 2013 and September 30, 2013 respectively.[86][87]

Film

A film adaptation, titled Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu (劇場版 シュタインズ・ゲート 負荷領域のデジャヴ Gekijōban Shutainzu Gēto Fuka Ryōiki no Dejavu?, lit. Steins;Gate the Movie: Loading Area of Déjà vu), was announced at the end of the series.[88][89] The movie, featuring an original storyline taking place after the events of the series, was released in Japanese theaters on April 20, 2013, and later on Bluray Disc and DVD on December 13, 2013.[12]

Music

Steins;Gate has four main theme songs, the opening theme "Sky Clad Observer" (スカイクラッドの観測者 Sukai Kuraddo no Kansokusha?), the first ending theme "Another Heaven", the second ending theme "Unmei no Farfalla" (運命のファルファッラ Unmei no Farufarra?), and the insert song "Technovision". The third song is sung by Yui Sakakibara while the other ones are sung by Kanako Itō. Itō's "Technovision" was included in her "Stargate" album which was released on August 26, 2009.[90] "Sky Clad Observer" was composed by Chiyomaru Shikura and "Another Heaven" was composed by Yoshihiro Suda.[91] The "Sky Clad Observer" single was released on October 28, 2009.[91] Sakakibara's "Unmei no Farufarra" was composed by Tatsuhi Hayashi and the single was released on November 25, 2009.[92] The PC version received a brand new opening song, "AR" sung by Kanako Itō. Similarly, the PSP and PS3 versions featured new songs as well, all sung by Itō. The opening songs were "Space Engineer" (宇宙エンジニア Uchuu Engineer?) and "Hisenkei Jeniakku" (非線形ジェニアック Hisenkei Jeniakku?), respectively. The PSP version received a new ending theme titled "In the Moonlit Night of Preghiera" (プレギエーラの月夜に Preghiera no Tsukiyo Ni?) sung by Yui Sakakibara. All these songs were released as separate singles, then eventually as a vocal collection on June 26, 2013.[93] The composers for the background music consisted of Chiyomaru Shikura, AKIRASTAR, Takeshi Abo, Tatsushi Hayashi, and Yoshihiro Suda; all whom had previously worked with 5pb on other titles. A soundtrack of the game was released on February 3, 2010 across two discs in a bundle of three that includes recorded episodes of the Internet radio show.[72] All the background music of the game was included as well as shortened versions of the original Xbox 360 vocal tracks.[72] The piano score for one of the tracks, "Gate of Steiner", was also included in the soundtrack.[72] In episode 4, the song "Watashi☆LOVE na☆Otome!" by Afilia Saga East, who also sings the opening to the sequel game of Steins;Gate, can be heard. The PS3 Double Pack Collector's Edition, which contained the original Steins;Gate and Hiyoku Renri no Darling, shipped with a special bonus soundtrack entitled "Steins;Gate Symphonic Material." It collects ten arranged tracks from the game performed by a studio orchestra and was released on May 24, 2012.[94] This release was later expanded upon and released commercially on a 2-disc set, as "Steins;Gate Symphonic Reunion" on September 25, 2013.[95]

The anime features four pieces of theme music; the opening theme is "Hacking to the Gate" by Kanako Ito, the main ending theme is "Tokitsukasadoru Jūni no Meiyaku" (刻司ル十二ノ盟約?) by Yui Sakakibara (in ending credits she is mentioned as FES from Chaos;Head "Phantasm" (ファンタズム?) band), the ending themes of episode 23 and 24 are "Sukai Kuraddo no Kansokusha" (スカイクラッドの観測者?) and "Another Heaven" both by Kanako Ito. The first two ones are original (created for anime series), the ending themes for episodes 23 and 24 are adopted from visual novel. The background music of the anime was composed by Takeshi Abo, Jun Murakami, and Yoshihiro Suda. It utilizes some themes that were taken directly from the game, but also features original music performed by a studio orchestra. A soundtrack of the anime is not available commercially, but was instead released across two discs that were included with the Japanese Blu-rays. The first album "Butterfly Effect" was released alongside Volume 2 on June 27, 2011[96] while the second album "Event Horizon" was released with Volume 8 on January 25, 2012.[97]

Board game

A real-life version of the in-universe board game, Rainet Access Battlers (雷ネットアクセスバトラーズ Rainetto Akusesu Batorāzu?), was made by GigasDrop and was released in Japan on December 28, 2011.[98]

Live Action Play

A live action Steins;Gate play "Living ADV: Steins;Gate" finished its eight day run in Tokyo's Zepp Diver City Theater on October 20, 2013.[99]

Video Games

Kurisu and Mayuri appear in the Nendoroid crossover game, Nendoroid Generation, which was developed by Banpresto for the PlayStation Portable and released on February 23, 2012.[100] Phantom Breaker is an Xbox 360 game features both Kurisu and Rimi as guest characters. It was released in Japan on June 2, 2011.

Reception

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Game

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87%[101]
Metacritic 87/100[102]
Overall 91%
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg (USgamer)
Twinfinite 5/5[103]
Kotaku 9.75/10 [1]
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Level7 9/10[102]
Multiplayer.it 8.9/10[102]
Hardcore Gamer 4/5 [3]
Destructoid 8/10 [4]
Awards
Entity Award
Famitsu Game of Excellence

Steins;Gate placed 13th in sales during its first week of release with 16,434 copies sold,[104] 28th on its second week with 4,253 copies,[105] and 26th on its third week with 6,095 copies, totaling 26,782 copies by October 29, 2009.[106] Steins;Gate placed fourth in overall Xbox 360 game sales on Amazon Japan on the year starting on December 1, 2008 and ending November 30, 2009.[107] The PSP version of Steins Gate debuted at 2nd place on the Japanese game charts, selling 63,558 units in its first week.[108] As of June 2011, 300,000 copies of the game have been shipped across the PC, Xbox 360 and PSP platforms.[109]

Senji Ishii of Famitsu Xbox 360 praised the scenario for its detail and noted that events that were overlooked as insignificant later returned to affect events of the future. Due to the way the plot ties the many different events of the game together, Ishii believes it must have been a lot of work to write the scenarios.[18] As for 2009, Famitsu awarded Steins;Gate an annual Game of Excellence award.[110] 4Gamer.net commented that Steins;Gate is comparable to 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de and felt that it is a gem that has not been seen in recent years.[111] ITmedia Gamez noted that players should be attentive to all the details in the story as the twists will surprise the player in many different ways. It was also suggested to the player that the characters' voices be left turned on as the voice acting is very good.[112] The review did caution that players who have played through the demo and who did not enjoy the atmosphere of the game were not likely to find the rest of the game interesting.[113] In 2011, Steins;Gate was voted #6 in Famitsu's poll of most tear-inducing games of all time.[114]

The 2014 English release of the Steins Gate visual novel has been well-received. It currently holds aggregate review scores of 87% and 87/100 on GameRankings[101] and Metacritic,[102] respectively. On Metacritic, it is currently the sixth highest-rated PC game of 2014, [5] and the third highest user-rated PC game of 2014 so far. [6] It received a perfect 5/5 score from Twinfinite, concluding that it had "excellent characters," a "well-written narrative," "good time-travel," "perfect voice-acting," and a "unique and beautiful art style." But the game's length was criticized for being "very long."[103]

Anime

The anime adaptation has also been critically acclaimed. Anime News Network gave the anime series an overall A- rating, including a top A rating for the story. The reviewer Carlo Santos described it as a "thriller masterpiece" and "one of the most addictive sci-fi thrillers in recent anime history." He concluded that it has a "well-researched time travel concept" and "memorable characters," and that its "constantly surprising storyline" makes it "a supreme edge-of-your-seat thriller."[115] Steins;Gate has also been praised by Square Enix producer Tomoya Asano, who described it as having "appealing and likable characters and a scenario that surprised players"; this led to Steins;Gate writer Naotaka Hayashi writing the plot and characters for the role-playing video game Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.[116]

Doctor Who TV gave the anime adaptation a score of 25 out of 30, making it the site's highest-rated time-travel fiction, above the films TerminatorBack to the Future, and Groundhog Day, the anime Future Diary, the shows Quantum Leap and Heroes, the game Shadow of Memories, and the novel Time Machine. [7] [8]

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