The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story Arrives May 12

Can you solve the case?
Can you solve the case? Square Enix

Are you looking for a new and unique immersive experience? The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story could be the game for you. It offers superb storytelling and mixes cinematic cinematography with deductive gameplay. It's launching May 12 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

The game features complex and interwoven mysteries that players need to unravel centered around the Shijima family, who have been suffering a series of inexplicable deaths over the last century. Players take on the role of one Haruka Kagami. By using their powers of deduction, they need to learn more about what's behind the mysterious events. Players get to explore the past and present through four murder cases set across different periods of Japan.

It's not going to be easy, especially with the intricate web of secrets. Players need to uncover clues, speak to suspects, and put all the pieces of the puzzle together to come up with a hypothesis. The thing is, not everyone is going to cooperate, so be sure to have those counterarguments ready when you present your case. If you're not confident about your detective skills, not to worry since the game has been designed in a way that you eventually get the correct answer.

The Team

If you're already excited, then prepare to be hyped up even more. Several superb talents are working on the game, including:

  • Koichiro Ito (Director)
    • Ito has long lent his writing skills to amazing games like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
    • He even worked on the game design of the psychological horror experience P.T.
  • Junichi Ehara (Producer)
    • Ehara started his career in the games industry in 2003.
    • He joined Square Enix in 2016 by working as a producer on titles including NieR:Automata and BABYLON’S FALL.
  • Yasuhito Tachibana (Film Producer and Scenario Director)
    • Tachibana served as a producer for the Netflix Original comedy period drama The Naked Director.
    • In 2018, he founded his own production company Nemeton, making shows like Oh my Jump! Shonen Jump Saves Earth.
  • Yuki Hayashi (Composer)
    • Hayashi is best known for his work on TV dramas such as Your Turn to Kill (2019).
    • He’s also credited with the anime series My Hero Academia, and Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (including the game series).

That's not all as the game also has an impressive cast of actors like Nanami Sakuraba (protagonist Haruka Kagami), Yuta Hiraoka, Gaku Sano, and Yuta Hiraoka.

In a statement, Tachibana shared that they poured their efforts into this mystery game wholeheartedly. Producer Junichi Ehara added that they're in the last stage of development and hope that it's a mystery game that everyone can enjoy.

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