At Anime Expo, Kadokawa announced that 5pb and Nitroplus’ Steins;Gate sci-fi franchise will be receiving a “World Line Project” for sometime between 2018 and 2019. They displayed a teaser of the Steins;Gate 0 logo, but declined to state what the project will be about. There is no indication on whether or not this will be a game, an anime, or something else. Steins;Gate 0 released last year in the U.S. and an anime adaptation was announced and rumored to air sometime during 2017; however, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the time being.
The promotional video did tease a similar scenario to Steins;Gate 0 where the Beta World Line will be unlocked. This is the world line that was previewed in episode 23B during Steins;Gate’s re-airing in Japan. It is also the world line in which Steins;Gate 0 takes place in… a world line with Okabe “Okarin” Rintaro fails to save Kurisu Makise.
Kadokawa will be releasing more information about the World Line Project on July 28. Fans of the show and/or visual novel should know the significance of that date, but if you don’t, it is the date that Okarin jumped to a new world line after sending his first D-Mail.
The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective “future gadgets” with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru.” The three pass the time by tinkering with their most promising contraption yet, a machine dubbed the “Phone Microwave,” which performs the strange function of morphing bananas into piles of green gel.
Though miraculous in itself, the phenomenon doesn’t provide anything concrete in Okabe’s search for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until the lab members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious happenings before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, Steins;Gate takes Okabe through the depths of scientific theory and practicality. Forced across the diverging threads of past and present, Okabe must shoulder the burdens that come with holding the key to the realm of time.