I’m sceptical of a map system. I did like mappie in Rewrite quite a lot, and I even enjoyed the map-based mini-game in MOON. (even if it did get a little repetitive after a while.) I’ve never played First Beat, so I can’t comment on the map system in that, but there is a VN I’ve read recently with a map system: Da Capo.
The map system in this VN obnoxious and obtrusive in my opinion, and from the looks of it, the Summer Pockets system is similar.
I wasn’t sure about how
Air 2 Summer Pockets would turn out when it was announced , but as time has gone by and more details have been revealed, I’ve become more hopeful. However, the idea of a map system makes me worry.