Entergram announced on August 27 that Gensou Rougoku no Kaleidoscope, also known as Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison, will launch on December 17, 2020 in Japan, on PlayStation Vita, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The game will be 4400 Yen in physical, 3960 Yen in digital, and the limited edition is 7700 Yen. All prices are tax included.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison was first officially announced on August 8, 2019, and is a horror-themed ADV written by Ryukishi07. The main author of 07th Expansion’s When They Cry series: Higurashi, Umineko, and Ciconia. The game also includes BGMs by Dai and xaki, two composers of When They Cry.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison includes character designs by Itaru Hinoue, the co-founder of Key, who worked on Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters, etc.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison was supposed to launch on November 28, 2019 in Japan. An indefinite delay was however announced in September 2019 due to production issues. After a short development update back in May 2020, the game finally got a release date now.
The game was first teased back in March 2018, under the code name Sangeki Sandbox, with only the names Ryukishi07, Itaru Hinoue, and no other details. That was enough to get any otaku hyped though.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison is the story of four girls who end chained up in a torture room.
We have from left to right:
- Fuuka Gojo, voiced by Himika Akaneya
- Karin Tamaru, voiced by Minori Suzuki
- Mina Yuasa, voiced by Moe Toyota
- Doremi Hanabusa, voiced by Asami Seto
A fifth girl named Sora Motoki, voiced by Fuuka Haruna, is also important to the story. The game is fully voiced.
At the center of the room, a mysterious boy inside a cage tells them they need to kill one for the other three to survive, or all die. Players will select four cards to distribute to each one of the girls, deciding their fate. The cards are two “Judgment” cards (written as “executioner” in Japanese), one “Pierrot” card, and one “Prisoner” card (written as “condemned” in Japanese). Players will repeat the scenario over and over, changing the role of each girl by changing the card distribution, and try to figure out what’s really happening.
Ryukishi07 officially nicknamed the game Gerokasu, which means “trash” or “vomit” in Japanese. Gerokasu is also a word frequently used by Bernkastel in Umineko.
Lastly, the Grand Opening animation sequence of the game was revealed as well. Unlike the first opening animation which is bright and cheerful, this one reflects the true nature of the game.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison Grand Opening
The Grand Opening theme song is titled I’m a Great Pretender, sung by Naomi Tamura.
Lyrics: Naomi Tamura
Music: Naomi Tamura, Takanori Tsunoda
Arrangement: Takanori Tsunoda
Sound produce & Guitar: Takanori Tsunoda
Guitar: Yasutaka Sagae
Mix & Recording Engineer: Satoshi Nakamura
Entergram also opened a new official page titled Project07, gathering all of its Ryukishi07 and 07th Expansion related projects: The best price version of Higurashi Hou which just launched on PS4 and Switch. Gensou Rougoku no Kaleidoscope, now coming December 17. And the PS4, Switch version of Umineko Saku, fully titled Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku: Nekobako to Musou no Koukyoukyoku. New information on Umineko Saku will come on September 3.
Kikuko Inoue, legendary seiyuu who voices Virgilia in Umineko, recently tweeted she recorded her lines for Umineko Saku:
つぶやいていただき嬉しいです！ ありがとうございます！！ https://t.co/BkHQ5FFkU2
— 07thExpansion (@07th_official) August 12, 2020
This would be worrying in a normal situation, as dubbing in Japanese games is usually done very early in development. However, Umineko Saku is technically an enhanced version of the Alchemist PS3 ports, with new elements, so the game should be out soon. We might get a release date on September 3.
Be sure to check out our past coverage if you want the full details revealed so far on Gerokasu. We also translated the cast and staff comments revealed so far. We will translate more soon and cover the shop specific preorder bonuses. So stay tuned.
Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison was never announced in the West, but it might come around seeing Ryukishi07 and Itaru Hinoue are pretty well-known figures.
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