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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session Marches to PS4 November 2

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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session Marches to PS4 November 2

The cult rhythm hit comes stateside, featuring songs from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Tekken, IdolM@ster, Hatsune Miku, and more.

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We’re overjoyed to announce that Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session is coming to PS4 on November 2, 2018!

The game will feature iconic songs from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Disney favorites including Frozen and Zootopia, and tracks from Kemono Friends, Osomatsu San, Hatsune Miku, and even Touhou Project. We didn’t forget to include some of our own personal favorite songs from the Tekken series, Tales of Berseria, Ridge Racer, and IdolM@ster!

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Looking for something more contemporary for your Drum Session? The classical song category is your ticket! Jam out to the likes of Rossini, Offenback, and Carmen. These tracks are a great way to get used to Taiko no Tatsujin’s mechanics and gameplay.

The dev team in Japan is also super-pumped to share Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session with everyone, so without further ado, here are a couple of messages from Ueda-san, the producer and Sasoaka-san, one of the members of the development team.

Taiko no Tatsujin

“Hello everyone, I am the producer for the PS4 version of Taiko no Tatsujin, Ayano Ueda. Taiko no Tatsujin was released in 2001 in Japan as an arcade game. This is the first time that we’re releasing the series in the United States on PS4!

“One cool new feature I would like to tell you about is that you’ll be able to battle online with ghost data collected from players all over the world. We’re also including some popular anime songs from Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Attack on Titan, so be sure to check them out when you pick up the game!”

–Ayano Ueda

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“Hello, this is Takehito Sasaoka, a member of the Taiko no Tatsujin development team. It’s been 18 years since Taiko no Tatsujin showed up in arcades in Japan for the first time. “Taiko no Tatsujin” was born with the concept of ‘Anyone can easily enjoy playing Taiko through the rhythm of music.’ Eighteen years later, I hope that everyone in the world enjoys the series and what it represents. Please enjoy and play the game with the kawaii characters including Don-chan!”

— Takehito Sasaoka

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Once again, we’re absolutely delighted to finally release Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session in the United States. See you November 2 on PS4 for some incredible drum sessions!

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  • But will they release the drum peripheral? Or is it just button pressing. I’m hoping for the drum!

    • without the drums this is going to be dead on arrival. I really hope this gets a physical release.

    • You could import the drum if need be. Not that that is cost effective. Let’s hope they do the right thing here.

  • Ahh! I’ve always wanted to play this but never had the chance. This will be my first time, and i’m superexcited.

    • Dmitryi Khlynin
      Dmitryi Khlynin

      Woooo! Hate to beat our own drum but we’re super excited for you to play it too!

  • Xcaligamer1

    I want the drum but maybe importing it works, want this

  • Sangetsu-II

    Will the drum peripheral be available for purchase? After Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution died. You guys could dominate the peripheral market.

    Or could you at least make a PSVR mode where we hit a virtual drum with the move controllers?

  • ARtsIndustries

    Nevermind the drums; what about PS Move drumsticks?

  • kerasthimanes

    Unbelievable!! I love this game. I played this in the arcades in Japan, but never thought it would come to a modern console. I just want to add my vote and say please include Move controller support as an option. Thank you for your work!

    • Dmitryi Khlynin
      Dmitryi Khlynin

      We are so happy to be able to bring it back to the US! Look for a full song list soon!

    • kerasthimanes

      Also, please keep at least a few of the truly traditional Japanese taiko tracks from the original arcade game. Those specific tracks can be some of the most challenging because the beat is a bit fluid and doesn’t keep an exact beat like we’re used to here in the West.

  • Parasitepaladin

    Thank you so much! Happy to see the series make a return to the west! Will we get the drum controller again? And any plans for songs from Taiko Drum Master, whether in the game or DLC? Please let me play Don Rangers again.

    • Dmitryi Khlynin
      Dmitryi Khlynin

      Yay! Can’t wait for you check out the new tracks and modes! No plans yet for any DLC, but you never know ;)

  • PVSR Support Please?!?!

  • Fell in love with Taiko in Japan and so glad to see it coming here! I hope some of the Japanese tracks from Japan’s release come as well like TT. Thank you for bringing it here I’ll be picking this up. The VR some have mentioned with Move sounds like a great idea actually.

  • oh yeah… *0*

  • This and Tetris Effect I am extremely excited about! I hope they sell this with the drum!

  • SUPER excited to finally get my hands on this and the Switch version!!! Thank you, Namco Bandai! Also wanted to add my voice to the list – a combo set with the drum peripherals for both PS4 & Switch would be automatic buys, no question about it. Thanks again!!!

  • Physical?

  • kerasthimanes

    Please keep at least a few of the truly traditional Japanese taiko tracks from the original arcade game. Those specific tracks can be some of the most challenging because the beat is a bit fluid and doesn’t keep an exact beat like we’re used to here in the West.

  • Should be awesome. I loved the PS2 version back in the day. I still have the drum…

  • N7Spartansw0rd

    I played Taiko in Yakuza 5 and loved it! Super excited to get this

  • Finally a use for the Donkey Kong Jungle Beat controller!

  • Wow. What a time to be alive! Taiko back in the West!!!

    For 14 years, since the US PS2 version came out, I’ve made it my mission to promote this series to as many people as possible. I couldn’t be more excited!

    Here’s hoping for a physical copy + drum controller bundle for Western fans!

    Thank you, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America!!

    さぁ、始まるドン!

  • arnoldmcguire335

    Can’t wait! Hopefully its DLC come in too- I would love to Dodon to “Be The One” from Kamen Rider Build! (Yes, that song was DLC in the JP release.)

  • You gotta include the drums. You just gotta.

  • Mister_Zurkon

    Will it still have “Rainmaker” and “Love and Energy”?

  • Can’t wait! And like everyone else, if there’s a combo pack with game + drum peripheral, it would be an instant buy!! (Perhaps even 2 drums!)

    Please make it happen!

  • Notserp2814

    Let’s go! This is the best news since the Spider-Man PS4 announcement!

    And to everyone eager for the game and needs something to distract you. You can get the physical PS Vita copy and buy it online. It was released not too long ago and is a blast. It’s in Japanese but it’s easy to read and get through the menus.

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