This week, the Robotics;Notes Elite visual novel and its sequel get their English releases, while Torchlight 3 finally exits early access. Another visual novel, this one from the West, invites you into the World of Darkness.
Robotics;Notes DaSH and Robotics;Notes Elite
Belonging to the same universe as the well-known Steins;Gate titles, Robotics;Notes DaSH and Elite are science fiction visual novels that were previously released in Japan but are now getting English-translated releases. Elite is an enhanced version of the original Robotics;Notes, which centers on Kaito Yashio, a member of Central Tanegashima High’s Robot Research Club which is at risk of being disbanded. While the club leader tries to complete their giant robot to save the club, Kaito one day discovers something mysterious called the Kimijima Report. Meanwhile, DaSH is a sequel in which Kaito is now applying for college. As he enjoys the summer with the Robot Club’s former members, strange events begin to occur. DaSH also features the presence of Itaru Hashida, a character from Steins;Gate. Both titles will release on 13 October for PC, Switch, and PS4.
The third game in the cartoony action RPG series, Torchlight 3 first launched as an early access title back in June. Set a hundred years after the second game, the Ember Empire is now in decline, and you’ll have to defend Novastria against the Netherim, who have returned. The game features four new classes and fort construction alongside familiar elements like pets and looting. Torchlight 3 will release on 13 October for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A Switch release will arrive later this year.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest is a visual novel based on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse tabletop RPG, which is part of the World of Darkness universe, . The visual novel follows Maia, who tries to learn more about her family history in Poland. “Visit real-world places of mystery and power. Explore local legends and traditions. Discover the fascinating world and history of the Polish-Belarusian borderlands,’ reads the Steam description. “You will witness how nature clashes with technology and greed. Can it survive without our help?” The game will release on 13 October for PC.