XSEED Games has attempted to help whet the appetites of fans for ACQUIRE’s upcoming May 16, 2017 launch of their satirical Japanese Role-Playing Game, AKIBA’S BEAT, by unleashing a brand new story trailer. This trailer, which you can check out below, teases the game’s reality-bending premise while also offering up a glimpse into the game’s Akihabara-inspired environments, party-based action battle system, and hand-drawn art style.
They have also launched the official website, which features further information on the game’s narrative, mechanics, and otaku offerings here.
For those who haven’t been paying attention to the title, here’s a quick rundown, courtesy of the official press release:
A spiritual successor to AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, AKIBA’S BEAT is a modern-day satirical spin on the classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara district (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality during a repeating Sunday from which none of them are able to break away.
There are two sides to the gameplay: first, players will wander the streets and question the quirky Akihabara residents on a variety of subjects related to the mystery at hand, ultimately unlocking fantasy-themed dungeons known as “Delusionscapes” which are infested with monsters called “deluseons.” These deluseons are encountered on the map and fought in a party-based action battle system, putting players’ skills to the test and creating a uniquely challenging experience that seamlessly blends a real-life locale with the secret delusory world of its residents’ innermost desires.
AKIBA’S BEAT also features dual audio support with both English and Japanese language dialog options covering each of its nearly 22,000 spoken lines. Players who pre-order AKIBA’S BEAT will receive the game’s “cute little uggo” mascot character, Pinkun, who is phasing into reality as a 3.5” tall pocket plushie that will come with all pre-orders at participating retailers while supplies last.