Coming in Q2 2014 to the Vita and 3DS, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a game in which the hero must foster relationships with young maidens in order to produce more powerful offspring to fight for him in battle. You make me so happy, Atlus.
The standalone sequel to Spike Chunsoft's Japan-only turn-based RPG isn't really as bad as Atlus' press release today makes it out to be.
In Conception II, players take on the role of a young man beginning his training as a Disciple - a human gifted with the divine powers of one of the Star Gods, and one of the few who can fight the monsters that plague the world. These monsters emanate from the Pandora Labyrinth, which births these abominations at a prodigious rate. Worse yet, the Pandora Labyrinth is beginning to spawn labyrinths of its own, so it's up to the Disciples to put an end to it. And even worse than that, a Star God's power only resides within a human until the age of 18 and the need for new Disciples is at an all-time high. Meaning Disciples will have to combine their powers to "create" Star Children who can fight for them in battle. Let's put it this way... it brings a new meaning to the phrase "after-school activities."
Saucy Atlus PR people, making us think this is a game about underage sex. No, this is a game about relationships, forging them in order to strengthen the offspring that occur when the hero and one of the game's maiden's essences are combined via a special process that isn't filthy at all. It's about love. Family love.
Well that doesn't sound right either. The point is sure, there are suggestive themes here, mainly in Atlus' announcement, but it seems like an incredibly fun sort of game, filled with important stats to max out and meters to fill. It's a turn-based RPG and a dating sim.
Also, it has pink-haired kitty girls. That does not mean my entire appreciation of the game stems from that fact.
Maybe a little. Anyway don't ever change, Atlus.
No Monogamy For You, Player: The protagonist has opportunities to strengthen his bonds with seven key heroines throughout the game. Not only does this help you create stronger Star Children, but the girls become more formidable as well, making them reliable partners in battle... and other places.