THE INITIAL is a hyper action game about pretty schoolgirls battling against evil. It's developed by a small team of five developers. We hope you will love this game as much as we do.
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Mixed (15) - 60% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,594) - 78% of the 1,594 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Jul 17, 2017
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October 6

<Initial 2: New Stage> will be released !!!!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/904310/Initial_2__New_Stage/

We will release our new game! A great improved game! If you like action game, please add it to your wishlist. We will release it a few days later.
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August 25

A letter to our players

Dear players:
“the Initial” has been on sale for a year and there is no update for a long time. The five of us do the development and distribution all on ourselves, so we have been in high pressure, but, it is not enough. We have been spending a lot of time reading players’ comments, answering players’ questions and updating the game after the release. But we realized that we must look ahead, and the players who always support us is hoping that we could go forward instead of staying with a tiny indie game. So, after the game is basically stable, all of us working hard to create our next work. We read thousands of comments and strive to let players notice our improvements and progress.
We have been developing until now and decide to bring our new craft, “Initial Ⅱ” back! “Initial Ⅱ”is currently in the final intense development and testing. We assure that she will be able to show herself soon enough. The store page is now open and the link is as follow: https://store.steampowered.com/app/904310/Initial_2__New_Stage/
Just Follow it and add it to your Wishlist.
After reading 1000+ reviews, We chose some feasible ones and did some improvement:
Combat
Combat has always been our core gameplay. In our last work(“the Initial”), many players have praised our combat experience, but there are also some players who have pointed out many problems. We have made many improvements to the combat, such as:
Enhanced the feel, it is easier and accurate for timing now.
Added more weapon types: Blade, GreatSword, Gauntlet and Bow. Each weapon has its own performance and can be dynamically switched during the combat.
Enhanced the performance of “Execution”. We chose a animation performance producing method different from that in last work. There will be more impact and immersion.
Adjusted the automatic enemy locking function, as far as possible to avoid the drawbacks caused by it in the ACT game.
Added the manual enemy lock function.
Removed the block and improved the performance of dodge, referring to a large number of the best action game in history.
Added combat audio in both English and Japanese.
Significantly modified the influence of Hit Recover in combat.
Added 4 functional spells including Healing Spell.
Enemy
There is a lack of both enemy types and AI in our last work. But we increased the enemy types from 7 to 26 types, increased the number of BOSS from 4 to 13 with multiple phases, and designed the more complicate AI.
Difficulty
Offer two difficulty level: story mode and challenge mode.
Story mode aims to offer some help of 2 AI companions to the players who want to enjoy the story.
In challenge mode, player must fight alone and face the more difficult enemies.
After finish the game first time, a hidden difficulty will be unlocked. In this difficulty, the enemies are going insane. It is only recommended for the hard-core gamers who love high-difficulty combat experience.
Controller
Added Adaptation for a lot kinds of game controllers respectively, including PS4 dualshock4.
Improve the feeling when use keyboard & mouse.
Added key modification function.
Storytelling
Storytelling plays a big part in a game, so we focused on improving it.
A whole world concept and a suitable story.
Totally 32 pages scripts with vocals and more textual and imagery description.
36 real-time rendering cutscenes with full audio in both Japanese and English.
All the motion in cutscenes is captured by Mocap.
Our old friends helped us invited 20+ professional voice actors to participate in dubbing. Japanese dubbing is led by Kugimiya Rie and Uchida Maaya. English dubbing is led by Kira Buckland (“Nier: Automata” 2B) and Christine marie Cabanos (“Dead or Alive” Marie Rose).
Characters
Improved the fineness of character models in nearly ten times.
Improved the performance of hair.
Improved the design of faces.
Improve the feeling of skin with Sub-Surface Scattering.
Captured the motion with Motion capture.
Music
All the in-game music is crafted by our old friends, CyberJoker (Japan) and StrawberryHilMusic (United States). They co-operate to bring us dozens of BGM. Hope to bring our players the more delicate visual-audio experience.

We will continue to listen to opinions of our players, to find our shortcomings and understand the need of players. We are a 9-developer team now, and still need a lot of learning and growing. Please follow us and add our new craft to your Wishlist if you are interested!
Finally, we must thank all our players of “the Initial” for the support, without which, we can not make it this far. Thank you!
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About This Game

Our New Game《Initial 2: New Stage》 is coming now!!! If you like our new game, please add it to wishlist, it will be released a few days later !!! Thank you!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/904310/Initial_2__New_Stage/

THE INITIAL is a hyper action game about pretty schoolgirls battling against evil.

The game takes place in a special area called SPE, with a school for students gifted with ESP powers. Every student of the school is skilled in battle, and an evil organization wants to create an artificial girl who has the ultimate power. They have secretly collected combat data and are close to achieving their goal. Now it's up to two students, Ruri and Erika, to stop them.

HIGH-SPEED ARENA-BASED ACTION
This game focuses on high-speed arena-based action. Utilize lightning fast sword attacks and electricity-based powers to smash through enemies. Block, evade, and look for chances to strike against smart enemies who will do the same!

ABUNDANT SKILLS TO EXECUTE ENEMIES
There are many ways to overcome enemies: use skill points to learn new skills and abilities, capitalize on the weaknesses of enemies to beat them quickly, and if the enemy is knocked into weak state you can execute it directly!

INTERESTING CHALLENGES
This game has many levels and battle zones with plenty of challenges along the way. Enemies with different abilities, multiple traps, and unique bosses. With four difficulty levels to choose from, there's a challenge just right for everyone from beginners to action game veterans.

We hope you will like it. Grab your sword and good luck!

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: Intel i3 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 740 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: Intel i5 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 950 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS 9 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i3 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 740 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MacOS 9 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i5 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 950 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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