The game is a brand new sequel to the original Steins;Gate visual novel released in 2009, which has since spawned a critically acclaimed anime series and various spin-off titles. Unlike previous games, which have been comedic and non-canon in nature (such as Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling), Phenogram of Linear Restraint takes on a much more serious-tone, and will follow multiple character’s perspectives, each with their own self-contained story.
The latest issue of Famitsu released details on two of the character stories in Phenogram of Linear Restraint, involving series protagonist Rintarou Okabe (aka “Kyouma Hououin”) and Yuugo Tennouji (aka “Mr. Braun”). In Tennouji’s story “A Strange Building Filled of Love”, he wins the lottery and decides to use the money to renovate the building. By far the wackiest is Okabe’s story “Dr. Jeckyll On Lines”, where he becomes a costumed superhero called “Alpaca Man” to protect the city, aided by the Microwave-o-Phone and the Time-Leap machine.
Scans from the magazine and translations for the synopsis are below:
Yuugo Tennouji’s scenario
雨鈴鈴曲のスクレイパー (A Strange Building Filled Of Love)
Scenario writer: Shogo Sakamoto (also the scenario writer for The Idolm@ster series and Way of the Samurai)
Yuugo Tennouji, also known as Mister Braun, owns a CRT TV store called the Braun Tube Workshop in Akihabara, and lives in a building made out of Japanese cypress wood with his daughter Nae Tennouji.
A doting father, Yuugo has been thinking about how he might be able to improve Nae and his living conditions, when he wins the top prize in a lottery. He decides to use the money to renovate the building (or possibly rebuild it from scratch, I’m not sure).
When the renovation works were done, however, Nae’s facial expressions turned way gloomier than before, which Yuugo found disstressing. And so Rintarou Okabe suggests to Yuugo the idea of sending a D-mail back to the past, in order to fix the situation.
Rintarou Okabe’s scenario
走査線上のジキル (Dr.Jekyll on lines)
Scenario writer: Shimokura Bio (下倉バイオ, a scenario writer involved in the original Steins;Gate and Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~)
Assuming the role of “Alpaca Man”, a hero and ally of justice who protects the peace in Akihabara, Rintarou Okabe resolves incidents in the city of geeks through the use of D-mail and his time-slip machine.
The only person who knows Alpaca Man’s true identity is Mayuri Shiina, the one who made the Alpaca Man costume that Rintarou now carries with him everyday as he patrols the streets of Akihabara.
Rintarou’s story scenario begins on a day just like any other; except it wasn’t. On this very day, Kurisu Makise appears before Rintaou in a mourning dress, to inform him of a shocking piece of news.
Note: One screenshot here depict Ruka Urushibara being held hostage by 4-degrees-C, the group of no-gooders who previously harassed him in the previous Steins;Gate game. Another shows an alpaca appearing on a TV screen, who is supposedly Alpaca Man’s commanding officer.
Let me reiterate: Okabe is a superhero named “Alpaca Man“. I hope this is all canon.
The game is being developed by 5pb and Nitroplus for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and will be released in Japan Summer 2013.
Source: KarbyP/SG Cafe (scans and translations)