XSEED Games and developer ACQUIRE today announced that Akiba’s Beat, the follow-up satirical JRPG to Akiba’s Trip, will be released in North America on May 16, 2017 and May 19, 2017 in Europe. It’ll be available for both PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. Anyone who preorders the game will receive the mascot character, Pinkun, as a 3.5″ tall pocket plushie while supplies last.
A spiritual successor to AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, AKIBA’S BEAT is a modern-day satirical spin on the classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara district (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality.
There are two sides to the gameplay: first, players will wander the streets and question the quirky Akihabara residents on a variety of subjects related to the mystery at hand, ultimately unlocking fantasy-themed dungeons known as “Delusionscapes” which are infested with monsters called “deluseons.” These deluseons are encountered on the map and fought in a party-based action battle system, putting players’ skills to the test and creating a uniquely challenging experience that seamlessly blends a real-life locale with the secret delusory world of its residents’ innermost desires.
A brand new trailer was also released today to coincide with the announcement, providing a glimpse at the themes and gameplay we can look forward to on this upcoming adventure within Akihabara. Check it out below!
Being a fan of Akiba’s Trip, it’s exciting that we finally have a release date for the sequel. While the gameplay and overall tone of the first game was a bit silly, this one definitely has a different feel to it, and it’s welcoming that there are more traditional JRPG mechanics baked in.
Stick with Level Down Games, as we’ll have more coverage on Akiba’s Beat leading up to that May 16 release date.