E3 2016: Akiba’s Beat Heading West For PS4; Abandons Clothes-Stripping
Akiba's Beat

One of the only memorable things about Acquire’s Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed was the fact that the game seemed to combine elements of Yakuza, Persona and Senran Kagura together into one trippy beat-’em-up RPG. The game’s core mechanic centered around stripping vampires of their clothes in order to defeat them. Well, for the sequel the developers decided to remove the most controversial and equally unique feature from the sequel: the stripping.

XSeed Games, Marvelous Entertainment and Acquire showcased Akiba’s Beat during this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, California. They unveiled a fact sheet and a trailer to give gamers an idea of what to expect from the upcoming JRPG.

This time around players will have a party at their command fighting against digital delusions that are encompassing Japan. The delusions continue to grow stronger and players will have to fight them off as they attempt to discover where they’re coming from and why.

There’s a trailer available to give you an idea of what to expect from the gameplay and how things play out in the beat-’em-up RPG. Check it out below.

As you can see, the action is fast and furious and players will have a number of combo attacks and party commands at their disposal, enabling them to take down foes using plenty of tactical, reflexive skills and strategic battle placements.

Details on the game are still thin, but we do know that the game is heading West, presumably later this year for the PlayStatoin 4 and for the PlayStation Vita. According to Play-Asia the pre-orders are opening soon and they have a placeholder window for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Akiba's Beat

The commenters on the YouTube page are a little disappointed that the game no longer allows you to beat the stitching off your opponents like Apple beat the Confederate flag off the iTunes app store. The gimmick was completely ridiculous but it was also the one defining aspect of Akiba’s Trip that set it apart from all the other games on the market. Acquire is going a different route with the sequel, and it could be hit or miss depending on how well received it is.

XSeed will likely drop more info throughout the year, especially leading up to or during the Tokyo Game Show in Tokyo, Japan this September. In the meantime, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more info on Akiba’s Beat over on the official XSeed Games website.


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