Zen Studios Announces KickBeat, Exclusively For PlayStation Vita

May 23, 2012Written by Nick Michetti

On the PS Blog, Zen Studios has announced KickBeat, a music combat game for PlayStation Vita.

In KickBeat, enemies circle around the player before attacking from one or more of the four “cardinal” directions. Enemy attacks are synced up with a track’s beat and other high-energy moments in the song. Enemies are defeated when the player presses the button that corresponds to the enemy’s direction right as the enemy begins to attack the player. (For example, if an enemy attacks from the right, press right on the D-pad or O at the right time.) Also, tapping the portion of the screen where the enemy is attacking from will work as well. If two or three enemies are on screen at once, players will have to push all of the required buttons at once. The Vita’s D-pad and buttons can be used simultaneously, which will be essential when players get to the expert difficulty levels.

KickBeat‘s soundtrack includes music from the following artists:

  • Papa Roach
  • Celldweller
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Rob Zombie
  • Blue Stahli
  • Pendulum
  • P.O.D
  • In Flames
  • Shen Yi
  • Pre-Fight Hype
  • Southpaw Swagger
  • Styles of Beyond
  • Voicians

KickBeat will also allow players to use their own music.

KickBeat will be a digital-only release and will come out sometime this year. More details about the game will be revealed at E3. Also, Zen Studios Creative Director Neil Sorens confirmed that a demo will eventually be released for KickBeat.

To view the debut trailer for the game, click on the video below:

To view screenshots of the game, click on the Media Gallery below:

What do you think of KickBeat? Let us know in the comments!