Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

On March 12th, 2015, Bandai Namco Entertainment launched Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV. A 2015 JRPG-detective game, Cyber Sleuth plays like a hybrid of Raidou Kuzunoha and Devil Survivor with Digimon World DS' battle and evolution system. Cyber Sleuth quickly became a centerpiece in Operation Decode, a massive fan petition to see new Digimon games brought over to the west that had previously campaigned for Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode to see international release. After over sixty-five thousand signatures and several years of campaigning, Bandai answered fan demands with the budget fighter Digimon All-star Rumble, created specifically for the west as a market test. While this nearly sabotaged the efforts of Operation Decode in its entirety--the predominant view prior to ASR's release was that the game would kill the Digimon brand again--support for Decode drummed up over forty thousand artificial purchases, and in July 2015 Bandai announced that Cyber Sleuth would see its long-desired international launch on February 2nd, 2016.

Cyber Sleuth has been an overnight success in Japan, and is quite probably the most imported game on the Vita. Below is my own unofficial translation of the Japanese game, started just six days after its original release. Click the hyperlinks below to jump to a section. (Certain chapter titles contain spoilers for previous chapters, the spoilered sections have been blanked out and have to be highlighted to be read.)

A Cover-to-Cover Review of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Building Perfect Digimon in Cyber Sleuth
A Crash Course in the Cyber Sleuth Metagame

Let's Play Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (JPN)
Prologue E・D・E・N
Chapter 01 "Welcome to the Kuremi Detective Agency"
Chapter 02 Search for Father ~ Request of Yamashina Yuuko
Chapter 02 Quests
Chapter 03 Digital Monster
Chapter 04 The Shinjuku Underground Labyrinth "Mayohiga" Case
Chapter 04 Quests
Chapter 05 The Continued Search for Father ~ Request of Kamishiro Yuuko
Chapter 06 Akihabara's Serial "Spiriting Away" Case

Press coverage of Cyber Sleuth
August 2015
Cyber Sleuth Ranked 34th Best-Selling Game of 2015 (Published August 7th, 2015)
International Editions to Contain More Difficulty Options (Published August 13th, 2015)
English Cyber Sleuth Demo Previews Official English Script (Published August 28th, 2015)
September 2015
Bandai Namco Publishes English Cyber Sleuth Trailer (Published September 16th, 2015)
Japanese Cyber Sleuth Tournament to Be Held 9/26 (Published September 25th, 2015)
Seraphimon Dominates 9/26 Cyber Sleuth Tournament (Published September 30th, 2015)
October 2015
Bandai UK to Stream Cyber Sleuth on 10/8 (Published October 2nd, 2015)
Concerns Rise Over "Engrish" in Cyber Sleuth (Published October 8th, 2015)
Habu Kazumasa: Operation Decode Gave Bandai "Strength and Confidence" (Published October 10th, 2015)
English Cyber Sleuth Set for February Release Date (Published October 11th, 2015)
International Editions Will Introduce Additional Digimon to the Game (Published October 14th, 2015)
Habu Kazumasa: "Sense of Honor" in Localizing Cyber Sleuth, Online Multiplayer Inspired by Virtual Pets (Published October 16th, 2015)
Cyber Sleuth Coming to Australia (Published October 20th, 2015)
November 2015
DIGIMADO to Host 12/5 Cyber Sleuth Tournament (Published November 3rd, 2015)
Bandai UK Giving Away Agumon, Other Plushies at Livestream on the 19th (Published November 16th, 2015)
Bandai US Streaming Cyber Sleuth December 1st, Digimon Heroes! News (Published November 18th, 2015)
European Cyber Sleuth Release Date, DLC Confirmed for Vita (Published November 19th, 2015)
Habu Kazumasa: "The Passion of Our Fans Gave Us a Lot of Strength" (Published November 19th, 2015)
English Cyber Sleuth Trophy List Contains Spoilers (Published November 20th, 2015)
December 2015
Dianamon Confirmed for English Cyber Sleuth, Digimon Heroes! Worldwide Launch "Soon" (Published December 1st, 2015)
Stat Comparison of Beelzebumon Blast Mode & Cherubimon Vice in English Cyber Sleuth (Published December 1st, 2015)
Digimon Celebration Event Coming to Pittsburgh, Sleuth Giveaway (Published December 2nd, 2015)
Bandai Namco EU to Interview Cyber Sleuth Producer at Jump Festa (Published December 3rd, 2015)
Entermix Magazine Names Cyber Sleuth #1 Game of 2015 (Published December 4th, 2015)
Dianamon Tops 12/5 DIGIMADO Sleuth Tournament (Published December 5th, 2015)
DIGIMADO 12/5 Cyber Sleuth Championship Team Breakdown (Published December 10th, 2015)
January 2016
Play-Asia Taking Preorders for a Physical English Vita Release of Cyber Sleuth (Published January 4th, 2016)
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Will Have Global Multiplayer Battles Across the PlayStation Network (Published January 9th, 2016)
Cyber Sleuth Producer Talks About "Immense Difference" Between Digimon & Pokémon (Published January 21st, 2016)
Cyber Sleuth Producer Habu Kazumasa Celebrates International Launch (Published January 29th, 2016)
A Cover-to-Cover Review of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (Published January 31st, 2016)

February 2016
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Launches in North America (Published February 2nd, 2016)
Voiced Acted Scenes Removed in English Localization of Cyber Sleuth (Vita Only) (Published February 2nd, 2016)
Dianamon Has No Entry in the English Cyber Sleuth's Field Guide (Vita & PS4) (Published February 3rd, 2016)
Global Cyber Sleuth 1.03 Patch Rolls Out (Published February 5th, 2016)
First Cyber Sleuth Mission Pack on PSN (Published February 9th, 2016)
Bandai Namco Entertainment Thanks Fans for Supporting Cyber Sleuth (Published February 9th, 2016)
Cyber Sleuth Mission Packs 2~4 Up on PSN (Published February 23rd, 2016)
Bandai Promotes -next 0rder- with Cyber Sleuth Price Cut (Published February 26th, 2016)

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