Classic PS2-era JRPG Kowloon Highschool Chronicle is coming to the West for the first time. The Western version will have remastered graphics and an official translation. It'll hit the Nintendo Switch in February.
What is Kowloon Highschool Chronicle?
Kowloon Highschool Chronicle was originally released in Japan as Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki. It's a first-person dungeon-crawling RPG with a unique conversation system. You play as a young transfer student to a school in Shinjuku. Unbeknownst to your classmates, you're actually a treasure hunter, and along with some of your classmates, you must embark on a journey to discover the truth behind an ancient civilization. Of course, since it's a JRPG in a high school setting, you'll also be befriending other kids and chatting to them.
As well as its first-person exploration and combat, Kowloon Highschool Chronicle features a unique conversation system. Instead of simply picking from canned responses, you'll be giving characters angry stares or "a bizarre lick" (because this is a JRPG, after all). The way in which your classmates, teachers, and cohorts view you will be shaped by how straightforward or twisted you present yourself. Of course, if you're not into lots of talking, there will be plenty of challenging JRPG combat; building your team right is paramount to success, and if you don't get it right, you'll come up against serious resistance in the combat sections.
Kowloon Highschool Chronicle launches in the West exclusively for Nintendo Switch on February 4th. Publishing duties for the Western version are being handled by Arc System Works. It'll set you back $29.99, so if you're a JRPG aficionado and this one passed you by in its original Japanese form, be sure to give it a look when it launches. Hey, if all else fails, you can always just lick your way to victory, right?
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