MAGES has announced new details for its upcoming love simulation game SINce Memories, a spiritual successor of the Memories Off series announced last June. Today, we learned that the game will release for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this summer in Japan.
The Memories Off series debuted its first title in 1999 for PlayStation and has spanned across multiple generations and platforms for a total of eight entries in the main series, with the latest and final installment being Memories Off: Innocent Fille in 2018. Over the last two decades, the series saw plenty of love and romance and its fair share of pain and sorrow. The original staff members are looking to inherit all of those mixed emotions into the new SINce Memories series while introducing new elements that we’ve yet to see.
The full title is SINce Memories: Hoshino Sora no Shita de (Under the Starry Skies). However, the Japanese title uses the English subtitle “Off the Starry Sky,” so we’ll go with that for now.
The story follows Junya Mizumoto, a college student who works at his family’s general store Mizumoto-do. The only thing in Junya’s mind is the death of his older brother Takaya who passed away the year prior. He asks himself every day why he was the one that got to live while his brother passed away. One day, Junya meets a girl who tells him, “You should’ve been the one to die,” before vanishing.
Like in all good romance visual novels, Junya ends up taking on the task of renovating a traditional Japanese manor belonging to the family of Chihaya Hojo, your typical flawless ojou-sama. Since he has no idea how to even start, he’ll need to get help from various people, and he’ll need to get out of his funk to do so. Junya will also have to learn how to deal with all of the emotions and problems along the way. Will he succeed in renovating the old Hojo residence? And who was that girl who told him that he should’ve been the one to die? The fate surrounding the death of his brother will soon begin.
SINce Memories: Off the Starry Sky launches for Switch and PS4 in Japan in summer 2021.