Spike Chunsoft announced today that Steins;Gate 0 will launch on May 8th, both in its original Japanese and with an English translation. Steins;Gate 0 is the fourth main “Science Adventure” game to be released in English. It already saw an English translation for the PS4 and PS Vita and is now finally coming to PC. Spike Chunsoft also announced that owners of Steins;Gate on Steam will be gifted with a 10% discount, likely making the price $35.99. If you haven’t picked up the original Steins;Gate yet, fear not, as it too will see a price drop with the release of Steins;Gate ELITE later this year.
A sequel to the masterful Steins;Gate, Steins;Gate 0 picks up where its predecessor left off. Taking place after one of the alternate endings of Steins;Gate, 0 continues the time-traveling saga, as Okabe Rintaro searches for someone he lost. Now, he has to deal with the artificial intelligence “Amadeus,” as he attempts to correct his past mistakes. If that weren’t enough, there’s always the looming threat of World War 3 to worry about. A far more serious story than the original, Steins;Gate 0 tackles the consequences of your actions, or lack thereof in the first game.
Steins;Gate 0 features two separate storylines, plus a number of side stories to read through. Much like the original Steins;Gate, you make choices by responding to text messages (or not!), which can further affect your timeline. When we reviewed Steins;Gate 0 back in 2016, we found it to be a satisfying follow-up to one of the best visual novels of all time. Visual novel fans agreed with our assessment, and Steins;Gate 0 currently sits in the top 100 visual novels by both rating and popularity.
Steins;Gate 0 does not currently have any Chinese translations listed on Steam, unlike the first game. That being said, we could very well see translations added later. This year is a boon to Science Adventure fans, with an anime adaptation of it airing currently, where it is currently the third-highest ranked anime of all time. Not only that but Steins;Gate Elite is set to launch later this year, which blends the original visual novel and anime adaptation of Steins;Gate. With the Steam version of Steins;Gate 0 just around the corner on May 8th, visual novel fans have something to look forward to.