Blue Reflection is an upcoming JRPG that tells a story of a schoolgirl who finds strength through the help of her friends.
Although ostensibly set in an all-girls school in modern-day Japan, the game’s world includes a parallel dimension in which the game’s lead character, Hinako Shirai, must battle against demonic forces. While the bulk of gameplay will take place in this mystical realm, called The Common, the focus of the story is firmly on the personal story of Hinako and her struggle to overcome the mental issues that plague her since an injury forced an end to her ballet career.
The story will focus on the developing friendships between Hinako and a number of her school mates, including the twin Shijou sisters who give her access to The Common as well as the powers of a Reflector to battle the demons. While doing so, players will also be tasked with solving problems both at the school, and within the various characters’ personal lives, ensuring a multifaceted story. According to a Gematsu translation of the game’s original announcement details, Blue Reflection is intended as “a life-sized projection of youth that wavers between the ordinary and extraordinary with bonds—the substance of interaction between people—as its core theme.”
The game was received fairly well on its release in Japan earlier this year, and is currently scheduled to launch on September 26, 2017 for PC and PlayStation 4 in the remainder of the world. A recent trailer showing off the game’s turn-based battle system is embedded below:
The developers at GUST are best known for the long-running Atelier series of JRPGs.