Kowloon Highschool Chronicle Coming West this February

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Kowloon Highschool Chronicle | Ruins

I admit I’m often stuck in the past. It’s just so warm and cozy there, under my blanket of nostalgia. And joking aside, some amazing games come from classic consoles, especially the PS2. That was possibly the most prolific console ever in terms of a robust and eclectic library of games. But I always focus on the PS2 games that came stateside. What about those gems that Japan held onto? Well, one of them is coming to the West this February as Kowloon Highschool Chronicle.

Kowloon Highschool Chronicle | Mission

Originally called Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki in Japan, the game was first developed by Atlus back on the PS2. It never came stateside, but after a long time we’re getting the best version in Kowloon Highschool Chronicle. It’s a dungeon crawling RPG with remastered graphics and an innovative conversation system. Below is a quick blurb from the PR explaining the game:

Take on the role of a young man who appears as a transfer student at Kamiyoshi Academy in Shinjuku, Tokyo. While he seems like a normal student, he is actually a treasure hunter. His mission is to discover a mysterious ruin hidden deep beneath the school. Accompanied by his new friends from school, he sets out to discover the mysteries of a super ancient civilization. However, numerous traps, monsters called “Kehito” that lurk within the ruins, and the clutches of the “student council” stand in his way! Build your relationship with friends, solve puzzles, dodge traps, defeat enemies, and discover the great mysteries and treasure sealed beneath the school!

As a fan of retro, Kowloon Highschool Chronicle sounds very compelling. Though the original game was by Atlus, this version is being published by Arc System Works for Nintendo Switch. It’s slated to release February 4th for $29.99, with a host of great features:

Key Features

  • Deep, Challenging Gameplay: Choose from a myriad of different friends, classmates, and allies and brave the darkest of dungeons in search of adventure and untold wealth. Be sure to build your team with care; the enemies and dungeons will present a true challenge and the wrong teammates may lead you to certain doom.
  • Innovative Conversation System: Express yourself in the story through feelings and actions. Why choose a canned response when you can give a character an angry glare, loving touch, or a bizarre lick? How everyone views you depends on how straight (or insane) you present yourself.
  • Revamped Graphics: Bringing the game firmly into the modern era, the art and graphics have been redone in high definition and now match the beautiful character designs, challenging gameplay and compelling story.

Kowloon Highschool Chronicle | Conversation

I think Kowloon Highschool Chronicle is shaping up to be a surprise hit for 2021. Stay tuned to HPP for more news on this remastered PS2 classic from Japan!

Josh Speer
Got my start in the industry at oprainfall, but been a game fanatic since I was young. Indie / niche advocate and fan of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania and Super Metroid. Enjoys many genres, including platformers, turn based / tactical RPGs, rhythm and much more. Champion of PAX West and Knight of E3.

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