The PC platform has received more and more JRPGs over the last few years as the platform has become an increasingly viable option for many smaller Japanese studios. One publisher who has ported the majority of its library to PC is Compile Heart, probably best known for the Neptunia series. Continuing on this trend, Compile Heart has announced on Twitter that Death end reQuest2 will come to Steam in 2020.
Death end reQuest2 released in Japan as a PlayStation 4 exclusive last February, with a western localization already confirmed for 2020. However, we didn’t know exactly what platforms the localization would come to. This announcement now makes it clear that fans can expect both a PS4 and PC release.
Death end reQuest2
Death end reQuest2 is the sequel to the 2018 original. If its anything like the original, the sequel will be a turn-based JRPG/visual novel hybrid. Its dialogue options will be brutally unforgiving. In the first game, a sizable chunk of dialogue choices either caused a bad ending or game over. Players were encouraged to keep multiple save files in order to figure out the best path.
While many of Idea Factory’s games tend to be relatively niche, the Death end series has received wide praise. On Steam, the original has received ‘Very positive’ reviews. It also sits at a respectable 71 on Metacritic.
Some fans may be disappointed to see censoring for Death end reQuest2 on PC, much like the PS4 version. This all stems from Sony’s strict rules on sexual material in any games published on its platform. Exact guidelines were never publicly released, but The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that the changes were made in order to protect young people.
Further details on Death end reQuest2 will likely follow in the near future. Otherwise, the first game is available for purchase on Steam for $39.99.