Code: Realize – Future Blessings is a visual novel adventure game. It is a sequel to Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth, a game that was released in the western markets in 2014. The new game was developed by Otomate Studios, a subsidiary of Japanese company Idea Factory. As the name of the studio suggests, the developers are specializing in developing otome games. Otome is a subgenre of visual novels that recently became more popular in the West. In these games, the main female protagonist – usually a young girl – becomes surrounded by handsome men with characteristic, stereotypical personality. Otome games usually feature many different endings and are focused mostly on romances between the protagonist and selected men. Code: Realize – Future Blessings is a so-called fan disc – a set of additional scenarios and scenes that expand the story of the original game with new features (characters and events) and with alternative endings. Before playing this game, it is recommended to first play the original Code: Realize. This will make it easier to understand the world of the game and the relations between its characters.
The story of the original Code: Realize focuses on a young girl named Cardia who lives alone in a ruined house in the suburbs of London. She must live a lonely life and she cannot fall in love because an unknown poison is found in her blood. This poison kills all living creatures. One day, Cardia’s house is assaulted by law enforcers who intend to kidnap Cardia. A thief named Arsene Lupin helps her escape. Together, they embark on a journey in search of the girl’s missing father who might help her. During the journey, the pair encounters other characters inspired by nineteenth century’s stories and legends.
Code: Realize – Future Blessings features four campaigns with a story that expands the plot of the original game. They also present further adventures of its protagonists. The first campaign takes place after the original game and it focuses on Cardia. The second and the third one present the already known events from the perspective of Finis and Sholmes. The last campaign is a completely new story that was only signalized in Code: Realize.
Code: Realize – Future Blessings is a typical visual novel game. The dialogue text is displayed on the screen. It is illustrated with two-dimensional, modestly animated character portraits and backgrounds. Contrary to the scenarios in the original game, the new stories are linear and they mostly lack any important decisions. The players have access to all four campaigns from the beginning and to a gallery of unlocked illustrations.
The graphics of Code: Realize – Future Blessings were developed by artists who worked on first Code: Realize. All character voices were dubbed by professional Japanese actors.