The PSP is the console that just refuses to die, almost 10 years after its North American launch.
The good folks at Aksys Games have announced that they'll be bringing Idea Factory's otome game Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan) to North American PSPs this summer. A visual novel, Sweet Fuse differentiates itself from other games in the genre due to the inclusion of a few key members of the production team. If the artwork seems familiar, it's because Ace Attorney character designer Tatsuro Iwamoto worked on the game. Huzzah!
Players take on the role of Saki Inafune, neice of game developer Keiji Inafune (you read that right), as she visits her uncle's new theme park. Things go awry when the evil Count Hogstein blows up the ferris wheel and takes the park management hostage. In order to save her beloved uncle, Saki volunteers to be a participant in a series of deadly games that will decide the fate of Keiji Inafune and the rest of the park workers.
Sweet Fuse is ridiculous sounding, pretty looking, and it'll be in English. What more could you possibly ask for?
I've spoken about this in the past, but I'm really happy to see Aksys taking chances with otome games and visual novels in general. I often joke about Idea Factory in Go West!, but the reality is that they do very solid, respectable work in the visual novel industry. If Aksys is able to localize these games and make some kind of profit, it can only be good for everybody in the long run. This is a day one purchase for me.
Check out the official details below, with more info on the story and what you can expect from Sweet Fuse. The premise is so insane that it's perfect.
Aksys Games is pleased to announce a new visual novel adventure title, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, a heart-felt blend of bomb-defusing action and death-defying romance for the PlayStation®Portable. Developed by the Idea Factory Otomate Studio, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is the newest addition to a growing catalog of adventure titles published by Aksys Games. Featuring an eccentric cast, engaging puzzle mechanics, and numerous unique story segments, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is your ticket to a wild and explosive adventure.
Saki Inafune, niece to legendary game developer Keiji Inafune, can’t wait to visit her uncle’s new theme park. She’s been invited to the opening day ceremonies, and is looking forward to a day of fun and excitement when suddenly Count Hogstein—a villain as corpulent and cliché as he is evil—blows up the Ferris wheel, takes the park management hostage, and declares the beginning of a deadly series of games.
Desperate to save her uncle, Saki volunteers to be one of the participants in Hogstein’s games, and finds herself thrust into the midst of excitement very different from what she’d expected when she woke up that morning. She’ll need all of her cunning, determination, and exceptional insight to get herself and her fellow participants—all available bachelors—out alive and maybe, with a little luck, find love along the way.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side Features
-Vast, Diverging Story – 14 different endings and a host of unexpected twists and turns allow for over 30 hours of compelling gameplay.
-Stylish Art – Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is an experience that is stylish and easy on the eyes, with complex, eye-catching character designs.
-Disarm Perilous Puzzles – Reach an epiphany and solve dangerous puzzles; the fate of you and your companions depends on your insight.
-Unique Characters and Interactions – Blow your fuse or stay completely cool, the choice is yours when dealing with this crazy cast of characters.