Gravity Rush 2: Another Story: The Ark of Time - Raven's Choice (also known as Another Story - Raven's Choice or The Ark of Time - Raven's Choice for short) is the substantial story related downloadable content for Gravity Rush 2. It was announced December 3rd, 2016, and later released on March 21, 2017, for free.
Once downloaded, it becomes available to play from the main menu, unlike the DLC's in the previous title. The DLC should take players anywhere between 2 to 3 hours.
The story starts with Raven and Kat trying to obtain a sufficient amount of energy from Nevi in order to awaken the lost children inside the Ark, which had made it to Hekseville at the end of Gravity Rush. Raven is approached by both Gade and Cyanea with concerns about the upcoming experiment of Dr. Brahman. Once he commences the experiment, a boy warns him that the experiment will not give him the results he is looking for. Despite the warnings, he begins the experiment, but then the Ark suddenly destabilizes, causing Raven to panic. She attempts to stop the Ark, but is sucked into a wormhole.
Raven awakens as her younger self, Sachya, in a mysterious location called The Labyrinth, where forgotten memories are preserved. Sachya is told by Bit (the same boy who warned Dr. Brahman of the danger earlier) to gather her lost memories before the Collectors eat them, in order to repair time and space, informing her that she is part of the solution. After gathering her childhood memories, Raven is reunited with her guardian, Xii. She then guides an illusion of Zaza to the safety of the Ark, assuring him that it will save him.
When Raven gets back to Hekseville, she is horrified to find the world she knew is stuck in a frozen time state. However, Kat's companion, Dusty, is not affected, and he leads Raven to Kat, who is frozen in time in front of Vendecentre's train station. Bit informs her that the problem is much bigger than he expected, and that Raven will need the elements of Light and Dark and to send them back to the Ark in order to repair the universe. The keepers of the elements just so happen to be Gade and Cyanea, respectively. Cyanea takes Raven to a rift plane called "Illumina" where light and dark reside.
Here, Raven must make the Light and Darkness take on physical forms. To draw them out, Raven needs to take over "territories" from the opposing side. After summoning Lumino of the Light, Raven is challenged to a fight which she comfortably wins. After summoning and defeating Tenebria of the Darkness, Illumina starts to collapse and Raven escapes with aid from Cyanea and Gade.
However, Lumino and Tenebria won't go down easily, and they re-manifest in their physical forms with their own goals. Bit orders Raven to recover the last of her memories, which seem to be related in some way to Kat. Raven unleashes her inner power to unlock her Phoenix Mode, which allows her to comfortably defeat both Lumino and Tenebria, and seal them into a glowing orb that will be used to send the Ark back its original resting place.
Unfortunately, Bit's plan has not gone unnoticed by the Collectors, as they suddenly invade Hekseville in an attempt to destroy the Ark. Though Raven is able to hold them off for a while, a huge swarm of Collectors merge together into one giant monster that will destroy the Ark. Luckily, Raven distracts the beast and lures it over to Kat. Raven eliminates the smaller Collectors, preventing Kat from being purged from the world. With the help of both Xii and Dusty, Raven transforms into the upper half of a Sphinx to destroy the Giant Collector. She, along with Bit, return the Ark to its resting place.
With the Ark put back, Bit informs Raven that two more things need to be removed from existence. One being the bus accident that happened over 50 years ago, concluding that if the accident never happened, the Ark would have never been needed. The other thing is "Sachya." Believing that Raven was never meant to be born as Sachya, he gives her a choice to essentially sacrifice her memories, to which Raven accepts without hesitation, not wanting Zaza or the other children to live a life of suffering as they had been. Raven catches the bus with stasis which in turn prevents the accident, thus rewriting history.
When Raven awakens, she is approached by Kat, who notices that her best friend is looking sad for some reason. Raven then meets two small children who drop a bunch of flowers; the kids introduce themselves as Zaza and Sachya. Sachya explains that Zaza was named after his grandfather, while she was named after an imaginary friend her grandfather once had, obviously the same Zaza from Raven's now forgotten childhood. As the kids leave, Kat sees a tear in Raven's eye, prompting her to ask if she's okay, only for Raven to simply answer: "I think I'm fine..."
There are only six episodes in Raven's Choice.
- Episode 1 - Red and Black
- Episode 2 - In the Labyrinth
- Episode 3 - Trapped in Peace
- Episode 4 - Light and Shadow
- Episode 5 - Inner Demons
- Episode 6 - Unshed Tears
- Raven - the main playable character
- Xii - Raven's Guardian
- Kat - appears throughout, but non-playable
- Dusty - Kat's Guardian
- Bit - the Creator who repairs faults in the universe
- Dr. Brahman - experimented on the Arc
- Gade - the Creator of this world
- Cyanea - the Dream Guardian
- Zaza - only appears as a figment of Raven's memories
- Sachya - playable, Raven's young self
- Lumino - physical embodiment of Light
- Tenebria - physical embodiment of Darkness
- The DLC was announced by Shuhei Yoshida at Sony Interactive Entertainment's third annual PlayStation Experience conference on the 3rd of December 2016, just one day after Gravity Rush 2 was originally scheduled to launch.
- The DLC was made available for free as an apology by director Keiichiro Toyama for delaying the game to January 2017, due to both The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV being released around the same time as Gravity Rush 2, on December 9th 2016, and November 29th 2016, respectively.
- On the series timeline, the DLC takes place some time after the first Gravity Rush, and before Gravity Rush - Overture.
- Due to being a direct follow-up to Gravity Rush, both Kat and Raven revert back to their old costume designs from the first game in this DLC.
- It also means that all characters introduced in Gravity Rush 2 itself are completely absent.
- Raven's Choice also finally reveals the name of Raven's guardian: Xii.
- In the final comic panel, if one looks in the background, Singlor and Nala can be seen, implying that the change in history has saved them from purgatory.
- The orb Raven obtains after sealing Lumino and Tenebria away resembles the Yin-Yang symbol, referring to the balance of Light and Dark.
- Although she appears throughout the DLC, this is the first time that Kat is non-playable. It is also the first time that Syd doesn't make an on-screen appearance, though he is mentioned.
- With the DLC being self contained, the main story now has its own title: "Kat's Fate".
- Unlike the rest of the series, this DLC is completely linear, with no room to deviate. There are also no challenge missions nor side quests for Raven to take as a result.
- The events of this DLC were the main reason why both Gade and Cyanea weren't able to help Kat in Gravity Rush 2. It also explains why Kat doesn't recognise Dr. Brahman in that game, as the events of this DLC are essentially erased, thus the two would never have met as a result (directly or otherwise).