North American publisher XSEED Games latest JRPG release Akiba's Beat is set for release next month on May 16 and the publisher has released a brand new story trailer teasing the game's reality-bending premise. The trailer also offers a glimpse at the game’s Akihabara-inspired environments, party-based action battle system, and hand-drawn art style.
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 during a repeating Sunday from which none of them are able to break away.
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.
The game is also one of the publisher's biggest localizations to date, with dual-audio support with both English and Japanese language dialogue options for its nearly 22,000 spoken lines. Those who pre-order the game will get its mascot character Pinkun as a 3.5" tall pocket plushie at all participating retailers while supplies last. The game will be released on the PS4 and Vita for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively both physically and digitally. PQube will be releasing the game in European territories a few days later on May 19.
If you want to know more about the game, you can check out the game's official website, which is now live at akibasbeat.com.