At their panel on Anime Expo 2022, Spike Chunsoft announced that Chaos;Head Noah is getting a western release for PC via Steam on October 7 after it was previously announced for Nintendo Switch only as Chaos;Head Noah / Chaos;Child Double Pack.
Chaos:Head Noah is sort of a director’s cut of the original Chaos;Head which was the first-ever game in the Science Adventure series, but that only saw a PC release in Japan. The west unfortunately never got a localization, until today.
The story centers on Takumi Nishijo, a second-year high school student on the verge of becoming a shut-in. “I have no interest in 3D.” He lives surrounded by his beautiful girl figures in his room. He lives in Shibuya, where there has been a series of bizarre serial murders known as “New Generation Madness” (aka NewGen).
The culprit has yet to be caught and has been causing unrest on the internet and television. One day, a gruesome image that seemed to predict the next NewGen killing was sent by a mysterious figure called “Shogun.” The next day, on his way home from school, Takumi encounters a horrific crime scene, exactly as predicted. Before the corpse is a blood-soaked girl—Rimi Sakihata.
▍Chaos;Head Noah Gameplay
The main mechanic of Chaos;Head Noah is the so-called Delusion Trigger, in which during certain points throughout the game, the screen’s visual state will alter, and players will be able to choose between having Positive or Negative delusions.
These delusions ultimately determine the story routes throughout Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child, but they also serve as vehicles to dive into the protagonists’ psyche. Negative delusions typically contain tragic, derisive, or death-filled fictitious scenarios, while Positive delusions tend to be romantic or light-hearted. It is up to the player if they really want to see those delusions…or not.