July 26, 2011 11:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins
Very few Americans know of 5pb, the Japanese game publisher/record label. And those that do are more than likely shump aficionados, which also means that they're probably not fans, thanks to their abysmal port of DoDonPachi Dai Ou Jou for the Xbox 360 (but in their defense, they redeemed themselves with their conversion of Ketsui). Though visual novels are their main forte, and their most recent hit is Steins;Gate. According to Wikipedia, the story "takes place in Akihabara and is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past".
Anyhow, a follow-up is on the way, but instead of detailed and colorful illustrations that are staples of the genre, 5pb is taking the 8-bit route. Gameplay will also be similar to classic adventure games, meaning all action will require commands to be typed manually. There will also be zero voice acting (a bare bones minimum for visual novels) and an emulated FM synth soundtrack. Steins;Gate 8bit is due this October 28th; additional screenshots can be seenr at Sankaku Complex (warning: it's a fairly NSFW portal for all things Japan).