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19th March 2021

Thrilling Murder Mystery Set in Perfect Japan Recreation ‘Root Film’ Is Out Now!

PQube and Kadokawa Games are excited to announce that Root Film, an artistically stunning and thrilling murder mystery visual novel, is out now on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

Root Film transports players to a beautifully detailed like-for-like recreation of the historic Shimane prefecture, a coastal town rooted in the origin of Japanese mythology. It is here, working on the set of a once cancelled TV show that you find yourself entangled in a strange and inexplicable series of murders.

Directed by renowned storyteller, Hifumi Kono, and featuring voice acting from Japanese idols i☆Ris, unravel a 10-year-old mystery lost in 35mm film.

Check out the Root Film Launch Trailer:

Root Film will be available with 20% off for a limited time only with a launch discount on both the Nintendo eShop and the PlayStation 4 store for PS+ members.

The 20% off launch price is available on both platforms until 1st March, 2021.

Limited Edition Root Film Collectors Box

Available only through our good friends at Funstock, the limited edition Root Film collectors box contains an exclusive 100 page art book featuring a curated blend of environmental scenery, detailed character illustrations and more, as well as a boxed version of the game complete with unique art sleeve packaging.

The Root Film limited edition box is available on both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch for Europe and North America.

Standard Physical Version

Players can also purchase a standard boxed version of Root Film on both PS4 and NSW from the following retailers:

365Games (PS4) / 365Games (NSW)

Amazon (PS4) / Amazon (NSW)


Root Film Character Artwork

Root Film takes place on the set of a mysteriously cancelled TV series “Shimane Mystery Drama Project”, rebooted for the first time in 10 years. Take the role of 23-year-old Rintaro Yagumo as his excitement for an amazing casting opportunity is quickly curbed, when a horrible murder interrupts their location scouting process.

Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

Investigate Murder

Find yourself swept up in a series of inexplicable crimes related to your work on a television set steeped in rumours of a historic curse.

Using a series of mechanics unique to Root Film, you’ll be tasked with investigating crime scenes, gathering evidence and exposing the truth behind the murders.

Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

Meet Rintaro Yagumo, a poor, film director who owns a small independent studio, “Studio Yagumo”.

He makes a meagre existence on sham supernatural DVDs and the occasional small-time promotional video but is constantly improving himself.

He recently won prizes at the 6 Minute Film Festival and the Asian Film Convention, gradually earning him renown as an up-and-coming director.
? RIHO ?

Riho is an up-and-coming actress. Despite her on-screen debut being through only a small agency, her captivating looks and natural acting ability have gained her high esteem within the industry.

She possesses both natural carefree charm and the confidence of an actress, which she uses to throw her manager, Manabe, for a loop!
Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

Gather Clues

Using Root Film‘s Intuition mechanicplayers can dissect and assess crime scenes, conversations and characters to detect clues that are relevant to the investigation.  

Activate Synesthesia Mode when keywords appear to memorise statements and phrases that can be called upon later!

Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

Interrogate Suspects

Confront suspects in Max Mode, a fast paced, reaction-based interrogation tactic that blends mechanics from traditional visual novels and fighting games. 

Using keywords and clues gathered in Intuition and Synesthesia Mode, press on suspects, and expose their lies through an intense showdown – skilfully force a suspect to reveal his hand and give up the truth!

Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

Two Sides to Every Story

Experiment with the Zapping mechanic to reveal the perspective of two characters at the same time.

Experiencing events from two different viewpoints is an essential tool to discern truth from lies!

Root Film Gameplay Screenshot

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