Black Rock Shooter: The Game release date set

Imageepoch-developed PSP RPG finally arrives this month.

April 5, 2013 / 03:50 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Long-awaited PSP RPG Black Rock Shooter: The Game will hit PSP via PlayStation Network on April 23 in the U.S. and April 24 in Europe, NIS America has announced. 

Due to licensing restrictions, the game will not be available in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries.

Find a story blurb and a list of key features below.

Story

2032 AD – Earth has been ruthlessly assaulted by extraterrestrials, and nineteen years of nonstop battle now threatens the very existence of humanity. The last hope for human survival is BRS, a heroine created solely to save planet Earth; she is the ultimate battle android. But when she is awakened to end the battle once and for all, there are only twelve human beings left on Earth…

Key Features

  • The World: Explore ghostly city ruins, bizarre alien structures, and more as you travel through illustrator Huke’s vision of a devastated future Earth!
  • The Enemy: Engage in lightning-fast battles where your choices and reflexes are the only thing standing between you and total annihilation!
  • The Girl: Level up BRS to equip her with a bevy of attacks and skills to make full use of her superhuman abilities and gigantic cyber-cannon!
  • The Last Hope: Complete a variety of missions for the last remaining humans to unlock new guns, costumes, challenges, and more!

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery. Watch two new trailers below.

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  • almostautumn

    Finally!! I remember seeing reviews bashing this game, but man I really loved it. The combat system is just so fun, and I actually really dug that the game was shorter; the length accentuated the fast-paced combat in a meaningful way, I felt, plus it never became a grind-fest rather than just a way to play. Plus the first map, that light-blue/orange city, is just gorgeous.
    And now I’ll be able to actually experience the story! Hip hip!

  • MosquitoLemon

    Hahaha, wow, a publisher making a promise on a PSP game and actually keeping it? There is a (portable console) god!

  • https://www.facebook.com/miyabigaming 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

    This game disapeared off the radar for the longest time and I thought it got cancelled

    I need to finish the anime

  • DarthBrian

    Awesome news! ^_^

  • Jontaku

    I didn’t even know this was a thing and it’s coming to Europe!

  • TheExile285

    Make it Vita compatible and I will buy it

    • DrForbidden

      Aren’t all PSP games on PS store Vita-compatible? That was my impression anyway.

      • Elvick

        Sometimes new PSP games take awhile to be compatible on the PS Vita for some reason. It’s not been an issue recently, so I’d assume they ironed out the kinks.

        • Karl Josef

          all games on psp can be played on vita :P
          just saying

          • Elvick

            No they can’t.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            No… No. They most certainly can’t, lol. I can think of a few JP titles off the top of my head that aren’t compatible (yet?) with Vita :P

  • Adol Christin

    Thank god the PSP and Vita are region free :)

  • Houeclipse

    I’ve been waiting for this! and now my wish has come true!!

  • Eclipse

    What a pleasant surprise~!

    Well done, NISA.

  • Sevyne

    I honestly thought the localization was scrapped even though they said it wasn’t. It was just taking way too long to stay optimistic, so this comes as a huge surprise to me. Glad I was wrong.

  • fireemblembeast

    YEEEEESSSSSS!!! But is there dual audio? <3 Kana Hanazawa

    • Nerroth

      Actually, this incarnation of BRS is voiced in Japan by Sakamoto Maaya.

      • fireemblembeast

        Really? I had no idea :(
        I wonder why…Well, regardless, I still am looking forward to this! :3

        • Nerroth

          The OVA/anime BRS and the game BRS are different incarnations of the same concept, in separate universes. (The closest comparison I can think of is how Fate/Stay Night Saber is different from Fate/Extra Saber, despite how the two may look at first glance.)

          Indeed, Max Factory have a separate set of listings for the Figmas of each version; they refer to this BRS as “BRS2035″:

          http://www.goodsmile.info/product/en/3252/figma+BRS2035.html

      • PrinceHeir

        i love both of them :D

    • DrForbidden

      No PSP game has dual audio, AFAIK. It’s just not possible on 1.7GB,

      • fireemblembeast

        Well, shit.

      • LynxAmali

        You haven’t played the Disgaea games then.
        Nor Z.H.P.

        • DrForbidden

          No, I haven’t. Why?

          • LynxAmali

            They have Dual Audio.

            You said it was impossible.

            • DrForbidden

              I see. I stand corrected, then.

        • PrinceHeir

          Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles has dual audio as well!!!

          Wild Arms XF too!!!

    • DesmaX

      I don’t think this was dubbed in English.

      Pandora’s Ignition wasn’t either

  • Nerroth

    Congrats to those in territories which will get the game, but it’s unfortunate that the Canadian PSN will miss out.

  • fireemblembeast

    I won’t mind too much if they don’t, but hope they keep the opening the same. Knowing NISA, they probably will.

  • Kurisu Makise

    “Due to licensing restrictions, the game will not be available in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries.” Thanks a lot NISA, thanks a lot…

    • Budgiecat

      Blame the greedy license holders that didnt want to play ball

      • Kurisu Makise

        I’ll blame them both >(! Though I understand that for whatever crazy reason, Japan loves to separate Canada from the US license (though honestly, Mexico too? Should be grateful people in Mexico are willing to commit to the hobby with the prices they’ve got to pay).

  • GODDUKEMONEXA

    not available canada or mexico? XD ha PSP with LME 1.8 and free games for everyone

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Took them this long? Might as well have just made an enhanced version for Vita.

    • Budgiecat

      or PS3 lol

      • Elvick

        Or both.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Have you ever heard of a publisher creating an enhanced port specifically for their foreign markets?

      • LynxAmali

        Actually, yes.
        That did happen once.

        Sakura Wars V, anybody?

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Great game. Unfortunately, that was the only one we ever got, iirc =3=

          Lots of great PC titles.

        • MosquitoLemon

          Wow, you know your stuff. I actually thought Sengoku Basara 2 was as well, but that turns out that was Japan only -_-

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        I wasn’t thinking of their foreign market. I was thinking it would have been nice had they released an enhanced version in Japan, then THAT’S the one we could have got. I mean, geez… Sure, the Vita is doing poorly in North America, but the PSP has been dead for quite some time.

        • MosquitoLemon

          I don’t know, did it sell well in Japan? In my experience, the game is kind-of garbage (ImageEpoch, what do you expect…) and none of my friends, even the BRS fans, like it.

          I just take this as a rare example of a publisher/localization team actually making good on a promise. Imagine if Type-0 got a release date! I don’t think we’d hear any complaints.

        • MosquitoLemon

          I don’t know, did it sell well in Japan? In my experience, the game is kind-of garbage (ImageEpoch, what do you expect…) and none of my friends, even the BRS fans, like it.

          I just take this as a rare example of a publisher/localization team actually making good on a promise. Imagine if Type-0 got a release date! I don’t think we’d hear any complaints.

  • OverlordZetta

    Well this is a pleasant surprise. Hopefully it’ll be playable on the Vita (I’m sure it will be, right?) so I can actually play it – haven’t been able to find my PSP for weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micheal.scott.315 Micheal Scott

    Man i remember this game along time ago hahaha
    go to see it comeing state side at last :D

  • new_tradition

    I personally wasn’t interested in this game, but I’m curious what licensing issue prevents this being sold on the Canadian PSN. If I change my mind, I still have my EU PSN account to fall back on, or I could just make a US account and buy respective region psn cash codes. That’s the beauty of (mostly) region free content <3

  • sonyntendo

    OH MY GOODNESS!

    One of the best PSP games ever made of all time is finally here to be played properly.

    Thank you thank you! NISA!

    Back with another one of those block rockin’ beats!!!!

    So very special!
    So very stylish!
    Super love this game.

  • MightySpirit

    After being in the dark so long, I’m glad NISA finally brought some light to this game release. Although it’s a bit sudden, and I’m quite disappointed they’re not releasing a limited edition physical copy. But I still look forward to buying and playing this game!

  • Roxy

    Screw that, make a new BRS game for the Vita.

    This game is old news. And everyone that wanted it already played it through other means.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Nice…. But what about the figma? They did said about wanting to bring it here…

  • Elvick

    Great, I live in Canada.

    Oh well, was only interested in the game for the figma anyway, but when they said they’d bring it with a digital copy of the game I lost interest then. So even if it were in Canada, I’d still not care for the digital only approach.

    And I think their silence for so long on this has been pretty unprofessional, people have been asking for this for ages. To the point where I personally just viewed it as localization vaporware.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Final Fantasy Type-0, VSXIII are irresponsible. This, on the other hand, is unprecedented!

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Why couldn’t they use the ONE OK ROCK song?

    I get financial issues, but c’mon their songs are literally english most of the time

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      *engrish

      I think its licensing issue. IIRC one of the past article they commented on the possibilities of changing the OP song.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

    No UMD version (If Aksys can still do it, NISA should be able to) and the awesome intro song missing…sorry NISA, going to be passing on this one.

  • artemisthemp

    So I guess no Black Rock Shooter in Denmark

  • Ni

    My japanese version is missing only 2 achievements (I fucking hate the bike stage). I’ll buy this version too for the sake of support. Now they need to bring Fate/Extra CCC to the west.