Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER devs share the anime, manga, and live-action shows that inspired them
Guided by the classics
Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER, the spiritual successor to Read Only Memories: 2064 Integral, is making its way to Switch this year. The game certainly follows in step with ROM 2064 by offering a mostly visual novel experience, but this time around, the team has some very specific inspirations guiding the project.
In an interview with Twinfinite, MidBoss Creative Director, John “JJ” James, shared some insight into the anime, manga, and live-action shows that provided touchpoints for the dev team during NEURODIVER’s coneption.
There are a lot of things very early in development that I would show our writers to catch them up to speed for a specific vibe that we are going for with this game. Of course, you can’t pass up Stooshi Kon’s Paprika, as we are dealing with going into people’s heads.
Other things like Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill, which is a live-action movie, and Ai City are also really good inspirations. Ai City especially, as it is a very fun ride visually and musically, and its story doesn’t take itself super seriously. It just feels like a fun ride, and that is what I want with this—a fun ride for people to go through and think about after they’ve played it.