Will you Psycho-Pass the test?

A Japanese detective game with a twist is coming to the UK and other western territories this September.

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, based on the popular anime series, will be released in North America on September 13th and Europe on September 16th for the PS4 and PS Vita as both a digital and physical release. The game is also coming to Windows OS via Steam at a later date..

The game is set in the near future, where advanced technological developments have allowed one’s mental state and disposition to be quantified and profiled.

For the public’s welfare, all emotions and thoughts are documented and managed by the Sibyl System. This system measures the quality of each person’s life by what is known as the Psycho-Pass, a reading of an individual’s mind. Broken down into two main components, the Psycho-Pass is the system’s omniscient eyes of justice. One of these components is the Hue, which is a visual representation of the Psycho-Pass that conveys a person’s stress level. The other is the Crime Coefficient, which is a numerical value that represents a person’s criminal capacity. This number determines whether an individual requires enforcement by the detectives of the Public Safety Bureau.

Detectives are divided into two groups: Enforcers, who are tasked with the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of criminals, and Inspectors, who are charged with managing the Enforcers.

The player can choose between two new detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Department’s Division 1, deciding the best course of action for each situation. However, regardless of the hierarchy that separates Inspector from Enforcer, players must be mindful that every decision has its own repercussions. With an intricate decision-making system, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness offers a twisted plot and compelling cases, providing a number of different endings.

The game will have a number of different endings and ultimately, depending on the choices made, Hues may deteriorate beyond recovery, cases may be left unsolved, and the game may end quicker than expected.

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness was previously an Xbox One exclusive in Japan, oddly enough.