Having been cancelled about a year back, the Black Stella project has been revived and rebranded as Black Stella: Inferno, stylized as BLACK STELLA Iи:FernØ. Black Stella: Inferno has been picked up by CyberStep in partnership with ScopeNext, reopening the teaser website as well as a Twitter account.
A number of the previously announced creators are back on the project, including:
- Worldview Setting: Takaaki Suzuki (Girls und Panzer)
- Scenario: Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano), Tappei Nagatsuki (Re:Zero), Yoshiaki Inaba (Lugalgigam)
- Character Design: Oguchi
As the story goes, a mysterious explosion rocks Tokyo in 1999, and the city has been battered by catastrophes one after another. A monster ends up swallowing the entire Minato Ward… and in the year 2049, Tokyo has been cut off from the rest of Japan and the world. The story is also said to be based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy”.
The game will be shifting from its original turn-based gameplay with 2D characters, to becoming a multiplayer real-time battler to better fit the concept of defending Tokyo from whatever monster there may be. With the shift, the character models have also been redesigned, with an example given by the official Twitter as follows:
The game is meant to have a greater focus on community, and will include many socializing features where people can gather to chat and such.
Black Stella: Inferno is currently slated for a Spring 2022 release.