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Cross Days (クロスデイズ Kurosudeizu) is an upcoming Japanese erotic visual novel being developed by 0verflow with publishing by Stack Ltd. for the PC, planned for release on March 19, 2010 in both a first press limited and regular edition. It is the third game in the School Days franchise, succeeding Summer Days.
Cross Days, in typical visual novel fashion, is essentially played by watching and listening to episodic sequences of story and then selecting, or ignoring, clickable actions or responses when they are presented to the player. These choices are intricately linked to alternating routes of plot, moderately changing the direction of the story as each is made, ultimately leading to erotic scenes between characters and one of various endings. In order for the player to watch all the possible endings, he or she will effectively have to replay through the game several times, making different selections along the way.
Like its predecessors, Cross Days is presented with, considerably improved, limited animation. Artwork is noticeably crisper and anti-aliased, colors are far brighter and vibrant and motion is slightly more fluid and articulate. The game is audibly stereophonic with lip-synched voice acting, sound effects and background music.
Unlike in Summer Days, the story in Cross Days is not rewritten as a spin-off of the original story, but occurs during the events of it, making the game a parallel series to School Days. As such, the undisclosed location of the story remains the same with focus made prominently on campus. All signature characters and their established relationships appear in the game, with a sextet of new cast.
Yuuki Ashikaga is a high school freshman in his second semester at Sakakino Academy, who from his regular visits to the school library, grows enamored by Kotonoha Katsura, a fellow classman who comes by to read. Despite already having a boyfriend, she genuinely reciprocates his interest. However things get complicated when, following a brief encounter, his sister, Chie Ashikaga, introduces him to Roka Kitsuregawa, an acquaintance who also becomes infatuated with him. Out of jealous spite for her rival, Roka attempts to dissuade Yuuki by claiming to like Makoto Itou, another schoolmate. Her lie dramatically backfires, as Yuuki, aware that Makoto is Kotonoha's boyfriend, goes to ask her about the affair.
- Note: The redheaded girl on the front cover of the limited edition game package is the protagonist Yuuki crossdressing as a female.
Yuuki Ashikaga (足利 勇気 Ashikaga Yuuki)
- Voiced by: Mahiru Nakano
- Reserved and slightly bashful, Yuuki Ashikaga is the central male protagonist of the game. A book club member and student in year one of class one, his life at school becomes entangled when he inquires to Kotonoha Katsura about a rumored affair between her boyfriend, Makoto Itou, and Roka Kitsuregawa. Suffers from an inferiority complex due to his short height and eyeglasses and enjoys reading and playing Massively multiplayer online games. Has one older sister name Chie and looks up to Kyouichi Kasannoin as his senpai.
Roka Kitsuregawa (喜連川 路夏 Kitsuregawa Roka)
- Voiced by: Hasu Minaduki
- Roka Kitsuregawa is a student in year one of class two who is a member of the woman's basketball team and serves as the the main love interest of the game. Tender and friendly, she initially comes upon Yuuki in the school library, and following a more developed acquaintance through his sister Chie, becomes attracted to him. Like Yuuki, Roka herself is also short, standing roughly his height.
Chie Ashikaga (足利 知恵 Ashikaga Chie)
- Voiced by: Mina Motoyama
- Assertive yet caring, Chie Ashikaga is the older sister of Yuuki, who like Roka, is a member of the women's basketball team. She is good friends with Ion Ishibashi and Youka Kira.
- Though very brief, Chie, with much shorter hair, makes a cameo appearance in episode 10 of School Days, "Mind and Body" (心と体 Kokoro to Karada), as the student responsible for videotaping activity in the private rest area during the school festival.
Ion Ishibashi (石橋 伊穏 Ishibashi Ion)
- Voiced by: Yuzu Konuma
- Ion Ishibashi is student and member of the woman's basketball team. She is an androgynous friend of Chie who also smokes.
Youka Kira (吉良 洋佳 Kira Youka)
- Voiced by: Takakura Biryuu
- Passive and sagacious, Youka Kira is a student. She is a friend of Chie who also smokes.
Kyouichi Kasannoin (花山院 恭一 Kasannoin Kyouichi)
- Voiced by: Takekura Koike
- Kyouichi Kasannoin is a student in year one of class one who is the boyfriend of Nanami Kanroji. Enjoys playing eroges, works part-time as a tutor and looks to Yuuki as his kouhai.
Ai Yamagata (山県 愛 Yamagata Ai)
- Voiced by: Mio Oukawa
- Returning from Summer Days, Ai Yamagata is a student in year one of class three. She is good friends with Sekai Saionji, Hikari Kuroda and is an acquaintance of Makoto and Otome Katou from middle school.
Cross Days was officially announced by 0verflow on their website on October 12, 2008. Enterbrain notably followed up on the game in their December 2008 issue of Tech Gian, published October 21, showing first ever screenshots, reporting on the story and characters, and mentioning that Cross Days would contain 3D animation with a meticulously reworked plot and male protagonist. ASCII Media Works and Gakken later published similar articles in their respective issues of Dengeki G's Magazine, Dengeki Hime and Megami Magazine on October 30.
Promotion began shortly after. Besides periodically keeping the public informed on development and characters, 0verflow consecutively released downloadable, non-playable benchmarks of the game from November 1 to May 4, 2009. After briefly selling telephone cards at Dream Party 2008 in Osaka on November 16, the company began pre-orders on November 21, giving out limited character bookmarks to customers. Stores doing likewise reportedly filled reservations in days. Peculiarly, on December 5, 0verflow announced that a set of USB teledildonics, collectively known as SOM, would be compatible with Cross Days, manufactured by Goods Land.
Trial versions of the game, released to about 125 select retailers, were disclosed by 0verflow on December 26 and at Comiket 75.
On January 1, 2009, 0verflow announced that, like School Days, Lantis would be airing a weekly, episodic Internet radio drama of Cross Days starting on January 8. Broadcasts are made regularly on Thursdays with a current 62 sessions aired. Additionally, the company will be publishing a compilation album of the game's soundtrack on November 20, having been postponed from February 25.
Since its initial release date of February 27, 2009, Cross Days has been postponed a total of six times: April 24, June 26, November 20, December 18, January 29, 2010 and March 19.
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