VIZ Media has announced its debut videogame, The World Next Door, will be released on March 28. Produced as part of an ongoing partnership with indie company Rose City Games, the title is a narrative-driven puzzle battler for Nintendo Switch and PC/Mac, featuring character designs by Lord Gris. The World Next Door has already earned awards ahead of its public release, and was recently nominated for the SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award.
Combining the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of anime and indie gaming, The World Next Door delivers a rich narrative and fast-paced, real-time puzzle battles in a universe where portals connect two planes: the human realm of Earth and the magical world of Emrys. Players must activate runes to cast colorful spells and defeat mysterious enemies known as Grievances and help a rebellious teen hero named Jun uncover the secrets to opening a portal back to Earth before time runs out. Charming branching dialogue offers players the freedom to choose among various responses to impact the game’s course and outcome.
“The World Next Door’s anime-inspired story is accented with visually striking graphics and an exciting gameplay that changes based on the decisions you make each play through,” says Eric Eberhardt, Director, VIZ Media Business Development. “Created in close collaboration with the Rose City Games team, the game has an expansive environment and a host of intriguing and relatable characters. We invite players everywhere to discover the secrets of The World Next Door next month.”
The World Next Door will be available for Switch, PC & Mac via Steam, the Humble Store, Itch.io and GOG.com for MSRP $14.99, or in a premium game + soundtrack bundle for PC/Mac for $19.99.
Learn more at viz.com/the-world-next-door.