Sony’s UNTIES publishing division is bringing murder-mystery adventure game Tokyo Dark: Remembrance to the Switch on November 7th. Tokyo Dark is still slated to come to the PS4 sometime later this year, but there’s no release date currently. Already out for Steam worldwide and for consoles in Japan, this latest release brings new content and endings on top of the already existing ten possible outcomes. No other improvements have been revealed at this time for the latest console versions. Pre-orders for the Switch version go live on Halloween, or October 31st, with a full release coming just a week later, on November 7th.
Tokyo Dark follows detective Ito Ayami as she investigates her partner’s disappearance. Plagued by insomnia and disturbing images as she scours the city for clues about her missing partner, Ayami finds herself on the run from an unknown, powerful force. Tokyo Dark blends side-scrolling point-and-click action with visual novel-style conversation. Unique to Tokyo Dark is the “SPIN” system, which integrates Ayami’s mental state into every action the player undertakes. Spend too long on a puzzle or wandering the streets aimlessly? Ayami’s “neurosis” meter will go up. Thus every action eventually influences what ending the player and Ayami receives, and if she is successful in her quest.
Tokyo Dark also features animated sequences by Graphnica, the studio responsible for scenes in Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles X and other animated works. Reviewers found the mystery and actual storytelling to be above average in Tokyo Dark, but it was ultimately let down by the headlining SPIN system. Still, for a visual novel that blends both classic point-and-click games as well as modern adventure game sensibilities, it’s an ambitious project, to be sure. You can play Tokyo Dark: Remembrance on Switch next month, and PS4 sometime later this year.