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Ever 17: The Out Of Infinity

Ever 17: The Out Of Infinity

Ever 17: The Out Of Infinity

Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is a Japanese science fiction visual novel produced by KID. It was originally released on August 29, 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast. A Windows version, Ever 17: The Out of Infinity Premium Edition, was released on May 16, 2003. In December 2005, Hirameki International released an English edition of the PC version in the United States. A handheld version for PSP was released in 2009. In early 2011, 5pb. announced a remake of the visual novel, released for the Xbox 360 in Japan in 2011. A port of the original game was released for Android and iOS devices in 2013 with an added Twitter share feature.

Ever 17 is the second game of the Infinity series by KID, preceded by Never 7: The End of Infinity, and followed by Remember 11: The Age of Infinity, 12Riven, and Code 18, all of which take place within the same universe.

The game tells the story of seven people who are trapped in an underwater theme park and their struggle to escape.

The game is available in four different languages, including original Japanese, Mandarin Chinese , English and Russian .

Ever 17: The Out Of Infinity Plot

The plot of Ever17 is told through multiple storylines that ultimately intersect. The player must reach the "good ending" for each of the initially available storylines in order to unlock the final storyline that weaves the previous stories into a single narrative.

When on the final true route, as in the prologue, the perspective constantly moves back and forth between Takeshi and the Kid. It is revealed that these two storylines took place at different times. When playing as Takeshi, events happen in 2017; when playing as the Kid, events happen in 2034.

The common thread through both of these stories is revealed to be the reader, who is known as Blick Winkel (translated from German to mean 'perspective'). Blick Winkel exists in the 4th dimension, and is able to traverse the time between both of the stories in order to help the characters toward the true ending.

2017 is the true date of the accident in LeMU. A pharmaceutical company, Leiblich Pharmaceutical, established LeMU as a cover for their underwater research laboratory known as IBF. IBF was tasked with researching microorganisms, and developed a deadly virus known as Tief Blau (TB). On May 1, 2017, IBF lost containment of TB within the facility. One of the escaping researchers opened the manual emergency exit from LeMU to the surface and let out the air pressure, causing the disaster.

Coco, the daughter of one of the IBF researchers, had been exposed to TB shortly before the disaster while visiting her father, a researcher in IBF. Her symptoms appear while they are trapped in LeMU, and the group gains access to IBF in an attempt to cure her. Coco is placed inside a high-pressure oxygen treatment pod to help her body fight the virus. The rest of the group, except for Tsugumi, soon show signs of TB. This discrepancy is due to Tsugumi being a carrier of the Cure virus, which has rewritten her genetic code providing her with immunity to disease, as well as freezing her aging at the appearance of 17 years. The group, learning of this, decides to take the risk and inject themselves with Tsugumi's antibodies in an attempt to save themselves.

Tsugumi returns to LeMU to find her pet hamster, Chami. After hearing of this, Takeshi returns to LeMU to rescue Tsugumi, as the park is nearing its limit. He saves Tsugumi (who, unbeknownst to either, is now carrying their twin children), and copies Sora's data onto a disk, saving her as well. By the time Takeshi and Tsugumi return to IBF, the rescue vessel that had contacted them earlier has come and gone. Fortunately, there is a small submarine available. However, on the way to the surface the batteries die, so Takeshi exits to give it enough buoyancy to save Tsugumi. Takeshi dies on the ocean floor. Coco also dies, trapped in IBF because she left her oxygen pod to find her robot dog Pipi, and the rescue team did not find her.

Not having long to live due to a heart condition, Yubiseiharukana artificially impregnated herself with a clone, and gave birth to Yubiseiakikana in 2015, prior to the accident. In the true event, Pipi approaches Yubiseiharukana with both the disk of Sora's memories and the footage of Coco trapped in IBF. The Kid in 2017 is actually Ryogo Kaburaki, who later plays the part of 'Takeshi' in 2034.

LeMU is soon rebuilt. Tsugumi gives her twin son and daughter to an orphanage in order to keep them from being human test subjects for Leiblich. They are separated, and live under the care of foster parents who name them Hokuto and Sara. Yubiseiharukana and Kaburaki stop aging in 2022, due to the Cure virus.

Yubiseiharukana and Kaburaki set up events so that Yubiseiakikana, Kaburaki, Tsugumi, Sara, and Hokuto are trapped in LeMU. Sora's memories of the 2017 incident are erased. Kaburaki plays the part of Takeshi. Hokuto (the "Kid" in 2034) loses his memory due to interference from Blick Winkel. Blick Winkel is fooled by the event seeming to repeat itself, causing his previous memories with Takeshi to bubble up and overlap with Hokuto's consciousness.

All the events of 2034 are staged to trick Blick Winkel out of hiding and into helping rescue Takeshi and Coco, who died in 2017. Yubiseiharukana talks to Blick Winkel, and explains that Blick Winkel told her to do it so that Takeshi and Coco can be saved. Blick Winkel travels back to 2017, and with the aid of Hokuto sharing its perspective, arouses Takeshi on the seafloor and forces him to swim to IBF. Once inside, he finds Coco and injects her with Tsugumi's antibodies, as she had not received the treatment before. Able to see time as a perspective, Blick Winkel warns Yubiseiharukana in 2017 not to save Takeshi or Coco right away, as that would create a time paradox, in which the events of 2034 that caused Blick Winkel's appearance would have never happened. In response, Blick Winkel has Takeshi and Coco enter cryogenic suspension in the IBF facility. Back in 2034, he informs everyone that Coco and Takeshi are still resting in suspension in IBF. By jumping the time gap Blick Winkel manipulates the events in order to save everyone in 2034, including Sora, who now inhabits a robotic body along with her memories. Also, due to an information leak by Yubiseiharukana, Leiblich Pharmaceutical is exposed for being behind the Tief Blau outbreak of 2017, meaning the cast is now free from its clutches.

Ever 17: The Out Of Infinity Gameplay

Ever 17's gameplay consists of reading through text accompanied by still images and music and occasionally making choices that will have a bearing on the storyline.

Takeshi and the Kid are the main characters, whom the player can control and view the storyline through. Each has a different path through the game, and each has different endings. Takeshi's endings involve Tsugumi and Sora, whereas the Kid's endings involve You and Sara. Obtaining each of these endings relies on making the correct choices throughout the scenario. After the player has completed all four of Takeshi's and the Kid's endings, the final path, Coco's path, will open. Once the player has started the game after unlocking Coco's path, new choices appear early in both perspectives that determine if the player moves to Coco's path. This path is longer than the others, switches between Takeshi's and the Kid's viewpoints, and, once the switching begins, has minimal choices to make, none of which makes a difference to the overall story.

Ever 17 also has a skip function, allowing the player to either skip through any text he or she has already seen or to skip all dialogue. There is a shortcut feature that allows the player to skip to any day on any route, provided they have already cleared that day.

Reception
The game was reviewed by RPGFan and was awarded a score of 93%, with the story receiving a 94% score. RPGFan later ranked the game at #18 in its list of "Top 20 RPGs of the Decade" at the end of 2010.


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