A.W.: Phoenix Festa for PS Vita Comes to North America on July 26

A simulation action game that combines dating sim mechanics and combat, A.W.: Phoenix Festa is releasing on July 26 for PlayStation Vita in North America as a digital title.

Based on a popular Japanese light novel, The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water, where a catastrophic event in the 20th century known as the Invertia destroys many large cities, here’s what you need to know about A.W.: Phoenix Festa:

In order to recover from the devastation, the Integrated Enterprise Foundation is formed and cities are reorganized including one city called Rikka, also known as Asterisk. Within Asterisk, six academies hold tournaments called “Festas” pitting students from each academy against each other.

A.W. : Phoenix Festa combines dating sim mechanics and combat in one game and features its own original storyline carved from the light novel series. The game will let fans experience a true love adventure with numerous endings. A.W. : Phoenix Festa will also offer players various options to enhance relationships between their favorite characters which can be influenced through battles and conversations with non-playable characters (NPCs). Players may start the game as main character Ayato or an original character and go about daily school life by making friends and competing in the “Phoenix Festa” tournament. Players also train themselves in order to increase their combat abilities as they prepare to participate in the “Phoenix Festa” tournament with their favorite characters.

Bandai Namco didn’t offer up a price for A.W.: Phoenix Festa, and they didn’t say when it would be released in Europe.