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Akiba’s Beat Launches on PS4, PS Vita May 16

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Akiba’s Beat Launches on PS4, PS Vita May 16

The follow-up to Akiba's Trip trades its predecessor's risque motif for a more complex action RPG mystery.

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OK, so Akiba’s Beat! This game has been the source of much confusion, and we’ve gotten many questions about it, so I’m here to set the record straight and give you all the information you’ve been seeking. H-Hopefully. (*anime-style hand-behind-head facial emote with blushed cheeks*)

First off, release date! We have one now. The game will be arriving on both PS4 and PS Vita, physically and digitally, on May 16 in North America. If you plan to get the game physically be sure you pre-order, because pre-order copies will be shipping with a pocket plushie of the game’s lovable (?) “ugly-cute” mascot, Pinkun (at participating retailers while supplies last).

Another big one: “How does this relate to Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, XSEED’s previous Akiba-related game release?” The answer is… it doesn’t!

Akiba's Beat

…Well, not entirely, anyway. It is from the same developer, Acquire, and it does share the same setting, but everything else is completely new: the story, the characters, the gameplay style, and even the tone! For those who don’t know (or can’t tell from the name), Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed was a bit of a risque brawler we published back in 2014, tasking players with stripping the clothes off of vampires so they melt in the sun. It earned a well-deserved M rating from the ESRB, and was an awesome game with a great tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and a heaping helping of Japanese cultural satire. (And is available now on PS4, PS3, and Vita; buy today, don’t delay!)

Akiba’s Beat, on the other hand, is a (mostly) non-risque action RPG that tasks players with traversing surreal “Delusionscape” dungeons and fighting monsters in action-packed battle scenes. It has a much longer and more complex narrative, a bigger cast of all-new characters, a more involved and nuanced battle system, a more narrowly focused satirical tone (still satirical, but less in-your-face about it), and – most notably – no stripping. None! This one was rated T by the ESRB, and is decidedly much tamer than its Akiba forebear.

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What you’re getting here is a story-focused mystery about disenfranchised millennials trying to understand the world we live in today, set in a faithful recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara district – the so-called “Electric Town” most renowned these days for its bevy of game and anime shops, maid cafes, arcades, used goods retailers, and electronics specialty shops. The cast of characters is, as you might imagine, an eclectic representation of the types of people you might find in such a place, including a jobless nerd with an aversion to responsibility, an aloof visitor from afar, a junior pop idol with a can-do attitude, an emo teenage fanfic-writer who’s too cool for school, a “Gothic Lolita” with a privileged upbringing, a world-weary ex-programmer filled with self-doubt, and the ever-present anime staple of the childhood friend with a conflicted heart.

Oh, and it’s fully voiced. As in, FULLY voiced. As in, there are nearly 22,000 lines of voice-acting on offer here, from over 180 different unique characters, presented in both English and Japanese. And our English voice cast features the likes of Chris Patton, Erica Mendez, Tia Ballard, Robbie Daymond, Cherami Leigh, Ed Bosco, Ray Chase, Mick Wingert, Cristina Vee, Todd Haberkorn, and Brittney Karbowski appearing in her first ever video game role as the game’s mascot character, Pinkun – among many, many other talented people, of course!

So, yeah. This is a big game, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure you guys get your money’s worth out of it. So go preorder today! The streets of Akihabara are calling your name…

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  • Man, May is packed for the Vita. This is crazy. Thank you!

  • Do you only play as the main character or are all of the characters playable?

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      Oh, you play as everyone — once you have them as part of the story, anyway. Combat is party-based, with the player controlling any one of up to four characters from the currently available roster, with the other three controlled by computer and following a set of AI instructions you can program. You can switch direct control over to any of the other characters at any time during battle, however.

  • I have been keeping an eye out for this as I loved Akiba’s Trip 2 (also known as Undead & Undressed). However, I am not sure that the combat is something I will like. It looks very reminiscent of the tales games and I don’t like the combat in those.

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      That is potentially a concern, then. Though if it helps you decide, this game is very story-heavy — you’ll be going for long stretches with no combat whatsoever, instead talking with NPCs and trying to solve the game’s overarching mystery. It’s only at certain points in the story that you’re tasked with entering Delusionscape dungeons, and those are the only times you actually fight. And the game does have selectable difficulty levels, so if you don’t want to think too hard about combat, you can always set it to easy and coast your way through to the next story scene!

    • Thanks Tom! I think I will pick it up knowing that.

  • Ramen_4_Life

    Great to finally have a release date! Is Amazon one of the retailers getting the pre-order bonus?

  • Vita!!!!!!!

  • A little sad that there’s no LE, but it’s a game I look forward to nonetheless!

  • Loved Akiba’s Trip, wish it was more of the same.

    Happy you guys localized the Vita version and Physically to boot.

    So many great games out…..hard keeping up the completion rate. Still stuck on TOCS2, hopefully will get this someday.

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      We love Akiba’s Trip as well — and so too does Acquire, clearly, since they’ve got the Akiba’s Trip anime airing now. Akiba’s Beat is by no means a replacement for Akiba’s Trip, but a supplement — it’s Acquire branching out into new territory and trying something a little different, as something of an experiment.

      That’s one of the takeaways I’m hoping people will get from this blog, as I think it’s important people buy this game knowing that it’s NOT an Akiba’s Trip title.

  • Hi Tom,

    I can’t decide on which version to get! Can you talk about the differences between the Vita and PS4 version? Obviously the frame rate and resolution will be higher on PS4. Is the frame rate pretty solid on the Vita? How are the loading times? I’m leaning towards Vita (thanks for a physical release!) but this info would help me decide.

    Thanks!

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      There is a considerable difference in load times between the two, with the PS4 version being the faster-loading. The frame rate is solid, though, and the game is otherwise more or less identical from one platform to the other — so you should be fine with either.

  • whereymyconary

    fiddle sticks… well guess I’ll get another game pre-ordered for May. I imported Akiba’s Trip and always felt bad i didn’t support the localized version, so I’ll get this to make up for that. and plushie!

    Also I like the words Lots of story. :)

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      Not too late to pick up Akiba’s Trip, too! If you haven’t played that game in its localized form, you’re definitely missing out — it may be one of the best dubs we’ve ever done.

      Akiba’s Beat’s dub is pretty swanky too, though. It had better be, after two straight months of recording! ;)

  • Damn, that voice cast is fantastic. I’ll pick it up over the summer! I look forward to it

  • This post convinced me to get Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed which is conveniently on sale on the playstation store right now, coincidence? I think not. Vita support is much appreciated, gotta love XSEED. <3

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      You won’t be sorry! That game is one of my favorites I’ve ever worked on. It’s a silly, over-the-top good time.

  • Option for Japanese dialog with English subs/text?

    • Are you able to read?

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      Actually, that is something I forgot to mention: yes, the game is fully dual voice, and dual text as well! You can play in English with English voices, in English with Japanese voices, in Japanese with English voices, or in Japanese with Japanese voices.

  • This was an excellent write-up. Fill of pounds and humor, and was a joy to read. Thanks for the creative hard work here. Keep it up.

  • Thanks for brining this over and thanks especially dubbing the title. Me and others really appreciate it.

  • I’ll be picking this up on release day.

  • DarkHarmonixer

    Loved Akiba’s Trip so i’m getting this but it would be nice to see the first Akiba’s Trip ported to PS4.

  • PERSONAlly, this reminds me of another franchise. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I was so enthused about Akiba’s Beat that I went over to Amazon. At the moment you can’t order the PS4 version, but I suspect that will get fixed soon. Anyway, this is something to look forward to in May!

  • I’m sure I’ll be getting it anyway.

    But, what is this JRPG combat looks like? is definitely not a turn based, but is it an instanced combat field a’la Tales series or just hack and slash a’la Dynasty Warriors?

    • VinsanityV21

      It came out in Japan awhile ago. You can always just look up Youtube videos of games like these – there’s tons of gameplay videos (and full walkthroughs for the game) out there already ;)

      To answer your question, it is instanced like the Tales games. You wander around and see enemies on the field. Run into them to trigger an encounter. Unlike more recent Tales games though, it doesn’t have free movement to run around in fully 3D. Looks more like Xillia or something where you are locked onto a 2D plane for left-right movement while targeting an enemy (though there is sidestepping).

    • VinsanityV21

      It came out awhile ago **in JAPAN**. Don’t know why I blanked on that while typing it :P

  • DiabloXIIIofWar

    Pre-ordered back in E3 2016 safe to say I’m really looking forward to it ^^.

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