Publishers XSEED Games and PQube have announced that Akiba’s Beat, Acquire’s action RPG with a musical twist, is releasing on May 16 in North America and May 19 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. It will be available physically and digitally on both platforms.
The answer is… it doesn’t!
…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.
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.
Akiba’s Beat allows you to choose between Japanese and English audio, and there are nearly 22,000 lines of voice-acting in the game, from over 180 characters.
By pre-ordering Akiba’s Beat, you’ll receive a a pocket plushie of the game’s mascot, Pinkun (at participating retailers and while supplies last).