XSEED Games announced today announced that its JRPG Akiba's Beat is now available in North America for PS4 and PS Vita. On the other hand, European players will have to wait unti Friday, May 19th, to get their hands on the game.
I recommend this game for anyone who is interested in Japanese culture, and I believe Western players will experience a fun and unique adventure in Akihabara through this title. The message that I would like to convey through Akiba's Beat is that people should try not to dwell too much on the past, or stick with something just because they're used to it – there's still so much to look forward to in the future.
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.
Those who pre-ordered the game will get receive a mascot character Pinkun as a 3.5" tall pocket plushie at all participating retailers while supplies last. The game is available for PS4 and Vita for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively both physically and digitally.