There's no slowing down Jake Hunter in the West. Following the launch of Ghost of the Dusk in 2018, now the star of Arc System Works' detective series is back in a localized prequel called Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS – The Awakening of Golden Jazz, out now in North America on PS4 and Switch.
Set prior to Jake joining the Tokyo police force, the new game sees the eponymous young star travel to New York City to "sort through the belongings and memories his grandfather left behind" when he was murdered. His only clue at first is his grandfather's final word: "Daedalus." As players attempt to piece together the various evidence, they can manipulate time by switching between different stages of Jake's life. To solve the mystery, during conversation you'll need to "read and interact with the other person’s expressions and emotions," along with utilizing your "Sharpened Five Senses" to help you "visualize clues in unique ways."
Like its predecessors, the new game is presented primarily like a visual novel but promises to blend "true detective work like interrogations and clue-finding with unique storytelling elements to deliver a thrilling murder mystery." There are some changes this time around though, as Alternate Jake Hunter will sport a "visually arresting watercolor look merged with realistic video images." Just as notably, it will allow "full 360 degree rotation with your surroundings, making searching for clues truly immersive."
Originally released in Japan in December, the localized English version of DAEDALUS – The Awakening of Golden Jazz is now complete and the game is already available in North America for the PS4 on the PlayStation Store and Switch on the Nintendo eShop. A demo is available in both places for those who'd prefer to sample the game first. A PC version is also expected in future, although no release date has yet been announced.