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Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT (ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT, Burakku Rokku Shūtā FRAGMENT) is a mobile game developed by G2 Studios for iOS and Android. It was released in Japan on November 24, 2022.[1]

On December 22 2023, it was announced that the game's online service would end on March 1, 2024.[2][3] The game was then converted to an offline version, preserving the game's archive and story, which was available for download and update between March 7 and May 2, 2024.[4]

The game has a derived manga series named EPISODE: STRIKERS, which was serialized from February to December 2023.[5]

Synopsis[]

In the 22nd century, humanity has established a global network that manages the world's public transport, factories, power plants, personal devices (mobile phones, PCs) etc. However, the network eventually gives birth (possibly by accident) to an A.I. entity called Innocent Cloud that proceeds to take over said network and then attack humanity with a highly lethal biological weapon, putting the world in jeopardy. In response, a team of warriors immune to the said weapon called Synthetics are developed to fight back against Innocent Cloud. The struggle proves to be a long-term stalemate however, at least partially due to humanity having lost all their advanced resources to Innocent Cloud and having no real way of contacting each other around the world. This also means that they struggle to trust the Synthetics that were sworn to protect them.

The player plays from the perspective of a (currently) unnamed protagonist who is tasked with coordinating the Synthetics into battle and embarking on a journey with them to stop Innocent Cloud once and for all. At the start, the player infiltrates a facility where Innocent Cloud is preparing its latest weapon. Upon infiltration however, the player discovers an amnesiac black-haired girl with a blue flame igniting from her eye...

Gameplay[]

Fragment Gameplay Screenshot 1

Gameplay screenshot

Core gameplay is akin to tower defense game, where a team of player-controlled units fights off waves of incoming enemies. Each playable unit can move to new positions, making the game more similar to a real-time tactics game.

All playable units have their own attack range, which is shown in yellow when selected, and will automatically attack enemy units that enter their range. Their fighting capabilities can be enhanced by overlapping their attack range to create a "kill zone", which is shown in blue on the map. Each playable unit has their own skill, and it can be activated by tapping on the unit's portrait twice when fully charged. "Kill ability" is a trump card move that is similar to a unit skill, but instead of activating for individual units, kill ability is activated for all surviving units at the same time on command.

Maps may also include "gimmick areas" that can buff or debuff any units that are inside, such as increasing offense or decreasing defense.[6]

Characters[]

Playable Characters[]

Main Article: List of Armaments
Character Affiliation Japanese VA Release date (Japan) Type Artist Notes
Elishka Thumbnail
Elishka
Bunny1 Akari Kito 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Scottie
Yuzuki Thumbnail
Yuzuki
Bunny1 Kana Ichinose 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform kwgc
Hu-rin Thumbnail
Hu-rin
Bunny1 Miku Ito 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform kanase bench
Nara Thumbnail
Nara
Bunny1 Kaede Hondo 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Ashima
Yvette Thumbnail
Yvette
Forge5 Ayane Sakura 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Rui Tomono
Nichola Thumbnail
Nichola
Forge5 Hisako Kanemoto 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Mephisto
Heloise Thumbnail
Heroise
Forge5 Shino Shimoji 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform kuronoi
Adelaide Thumbnail
Adelaide
Forge5 Shiori Izawa 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Zenmaibook
Aelnesse Thumbnail
Aelnesse
Clock404 Yoko Hikasa 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Rui Tomono
Colva Thumbnail
Corva
Clock404 Kanae Ito 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Genyaky
Wilma Thumbnail
Wilma
Clock404 Aoi Koga 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Zenmaibook
Averil Thumbnail
Averil
Brownie9 Rina Hidaka 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Rui Tomono
Constance Thumbnail
Constance
Brownie9 Inori Minase 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Zenmaibook
Grace Thumbnail
Grace
Brownie9 Tomoyo Kurosawa 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform kanase bench
Naomi Thumbnail
Naomi
Suicide7 Himika Akaneya 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Rui Tomono
Rola Thumbnail
Rola
Suicide7 Aya Uchida 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform kuronoi
Lisa Thumbnail
Lisa
Suicide7 Sawako Hata 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Genyaky
Eners Thumbnail
Eners
Suicide7 Sumire Uesaka 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform Mephisto
Mia Thumbnail
Mia
Secret Ai Fairouz 2022-11-24 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform CHANxCO
Hilke Thumbnail
Hilke
Unknown Azumi Waki 2023-11-14 Burning Evil Eye Scottie
DeadMaster Thumbnail
DeadMaster
Unknown 2023-11-30 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform AF_KURO
Chariot Thumbnail
Chariot
Unknown 2023-11-30 AFARM Official Soldier's Uniform がわこ
Empress BRSF Thumbnail
Empress
(DAWN FALL)
Collaboration Yui Ishikawa 2022-12-13 DAWN FALL Unknown Collaboration with Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL.
Dead Master BRSF Thumbnail
Dead Master
(DAWN FALL)
Collaboration Saori Hayami 2022-12-13 DAWN FALL Unknown Collaboration with Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL.
Strength BRSF Thumbnail
Strength
(DAWN FALL)
Collaboration Megumi Han 2022-12-13 DAWN FALL Unknown Collaboration with Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL.
Ruby Rose BRSF Thumbnail
Ruby Rose
(Ice Queendom)
Collaboration Saori Hayami 2023-03-31 Ice Queendom Unknown Collaboration with RWBY: Ice Queendom.
Weiss Schnee BRSF Thumbnail
Weiss Schnee
(Ice Queendom)
Collaboration Yoko Hikasa 2023-03-31 Ice Queendom Unknown Collaboration with RWBY: Ice Queendom.
Blake Belladonna BRSF Thumbnail
Blake Belladonna
(Ice Queendom)
Collaboration Yū Shimamura 2023-03-31 Ice Queendom Unknown Collaboration with RWBY: Ice Queendom.
Yang Xiao Long BRSF Thumbnail
Yang Xiao Long
(Ice Queendom)
Collaboration Ami Koshimizu 2023-03-31 Ice Queendom Unknown Collaboration with RWBY: Ice Queendom.
Shinei Nouzen BRSF Thumbnail
Shinei Nouzen
(86 -Eighty Six-)
Collaboration Shōya Chiba 2023-09-29 86 -Eighty Six- 先崎真琴 Collaboration with 86 -Eighty Six-.
Vladilena Milizé BRSF Thumbnail
Vladilena Milizé
(86 -Eighty Six-)
Collaboration Ikumi Hasegawa 2023-09-29 86 -Eighty Six- 美和野らぐ Collaboration with 86 -Eighty Six-.
Theoto Rikka BRSF Thumbnail
Theoto Rikka
(86 -Eighty Six-)
Collaboration Natsumi Fujiwara 2023-09-29 86 -Eighty Six- 桑島黎音 Collaboration with 86 -Eighty Six-.

Other Characters[]

Character Affiliation Japanese VA Artist
Sumina Thumbnail
Sumina Amano
Unknown Kaori Nazuka Scottie

Development[]

Fragment Teaser Visual

The teaser visual for FRAGMENT by Rui Tomono.

Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT was first announced on December 26, 2021 by the game's official Twitter account[7]. The announcement established the game as being separate from Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL, with its own story set in a different world.

On January 1, 2022, the official Twitter account shared an image of a New Year's message from Good Smile Company and G2 Studios.[8] At the bottom of this image is a code in Caesar cipher; when each letter of this code is shifted forward by six letters, the code reads "the space-time gets mixed, divided and collapsed".[9]

On February 8, 2022, the official Twitter account announced that it would begin sharing background and concept art for FRAGMENT starting on February 15. Reveals for these artworks occurred on a regular basis (three to four days for background art), then gradually changed to an irregular basis once they started revealing concept art.

A global release of the game was initially planned for early 2023.[10] This was later changed to Spring 2023, but ultimately it did not materialize before the game was announced to end service in 2024.[11]

Production Staff[]

A list of main production staff was released on March 22, 2022:[12][13]

  • Design Direction: huke
  • Scenario / Script: Ichiro Sakaki, Okina Kamino
  • Teaser Visual: Rui Tomono
  • Logo Design: Hiroto Sugawara
  • Publisher: Good Smile Company
  • Developer: G2 Studios
  • Theme Song: TeddyLoid
  • Character Design: Ashima, Kanase Bench, kwgc, Kuronoi, Genyaky, Scottie, Zenmaibook, CHANxCO, Rui Tomono, Mephisto

Gallery[]

Full article: Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT/Gallery

External Links[]

References[]

  1. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (October 24, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1584469925632299008. Twitter.
  2. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (December 22, 2023). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1738092616775004502. Twitter.
  3. "【重要】サービス終了のお知らせ". Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT Official Website. Published on December 22, 2023. Retrieved on December 22, 2023.
  4. {{Cite web|url=https://brs-fragment.com/news/%E3%80%90%E9%87%8D%E8%A6%81%E3%80%91%E3%82%AA%E3%83%95%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E7%89%88%EF%BC%88ver-2-6-0%EF%BC%89%E3%81%AE%E3%81%8A%E7%9F%A5%E3%82%89%E3%81%9B/%7Ctitle=【重要】オフライン版(Ver.2.6.0)のお知らせ%7Cwebsite=Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT Official Website|date=February 28, 2024|access-date=February 29, 2024
  5. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (January 31, 2023). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1620345641829367808. Twitter.
  6. "ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT|体験版プレイ動画". YouTube. Published on August 10, 2022. Retrieved on August 11, 2022.
  7. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (December 25, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1474938034332532736. Twitter.
  8. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (January 1, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1477203041447456772. Twitter.
  9. L-3 [@LLL_Cube] (January 1, 2022). https://twitter.com/LLL_Cube/status/1477250485879185416. Twitter.
  10. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (February 13, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1492664839592083458. Twitter.
  11. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (October 24, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1584476044123582464. Twitter.
  12. "STAFF". Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT Official Website. Retrieved on April 14, 2022.
  13. ブラック★ロックシューター FRAGMENT【公式】 [@brs_fragment] (March 22, 2022). https://twitter.com/brs_fragment/status/1506299674114007040. Twitter.
Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT
Characters Bunny1 ElishkaYuzukiHu-rinNara
Forge5 YvetteNicholaHeroiseAdelaide
Clock404 AelnesseCorvaWilma
Brownie9 AverilConstanceGrace
Suicide7 NaomiRolaLisaEners
Secret Mia
Others DeadMasterChariotHilkeSumina Amano
Collaboration DAWN FALL: EmpressDead MasterStrength
RWBY: Ruby RoseWeiss SchneeBlake BelladonnaYang Xiao Long
86: Shinei NouzenVladilena MilizéTheoto Rikka
Terminology Innocent CloudList of ArmamentsSynthetic
Related Media Black★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT EPISODE: STRIKERS
Black★Rock Shooter Series
Anime Black★Rock Shooter (Pilot Edition)Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)Black★Rock Shooter (TV Anime)Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL
Manga Black Rock-chanBlack★Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul
Games Puchitto Rock ShooterPuchitto★Rock Shooter: Pursue the Mystery of the Sexy PlanetBlack★Rock Shooter THE GAMEBlack★Rock Shooter ARCANABlack★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT
Other Black★Rock Shooter (original concept)Black★Rock Shooter (song)hukeMerchandisesupercell
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