Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World – Itsuwari no Ousen Kouhou is coming to PS4, Switch and PC this winter in Japan.
Spike Chunsoft and the official Japanese Twitter account for the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World series announced that a brand new game adaptation is coming on PS4, Switch and PC. The game is titled Re:Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu – Itsuwari no Ousen Kouhou. The subtitle meaning “The Fake Royal Election Candidate”. It’s a tactical RPG and an Adventure game, featuring an original story supervised by the original author of the series. The game will launch this winter in Japan. Seeing how Re:Zero is pretty popular in the West, it might come over at some point.
— 『Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活』公式 (@Rezero_official) May 29, 2020
Screenshots were revealed as well:
This is the second console game for the ReZero franchise. The first one was Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss-, released exclusively in Japan on March 30, 2017, on PS4 and PS Vita, developed by 5pb. Games.
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World is initially a web novel written by Tappei Nagatsuki and published online on Shōsetsuka ni Narō from 2012. A light novel version illustrated by Shinichirō Ōtsuka started in 2014, published by Media Factory (Kadokawa). Shinichirō Ōtsuka is also handling this game’s illustrations.
The novel got multiple anime adaptations, which made the series extremely popular worldwide and one of the most popular franchises part of the Isekai trend: the massive amount of web novels where a protagonist gets transported to another world that started proliferating in early 2010s. I personally consider “Isekai” as a trend rather than a genre, as stories with characters getting transported to another world were always popular in Japanese popculture. Stories such as Aura Battler Dunbine, Escaflowne, or Now and Then, Here and There. “Isekai” stories all follow extremely similar story and character patterns, usually not found in alternate world stories stories prior to the 2010s.