Sega has announced Uta Kumi 575 (Song Builder 575) , a word puzzle and rhythm game set to launch for PS Vita in 2014 in Japan.
In the game, set in Kamakura, Japan, lyrics flow on the screen while the main characters dance and sing. As the lyrics go by, there are blanks for players to fill in by choosing the words that seem to fit. Because it uses Vocaloid, the game sings it in real-time no matter the word you pick. Players can enjoy the game however they like, find the best combinations, or just use words they like to make the song original.
The game’s two main characters are Azuki Masaoka (voiced by Yuka Ootsuba) and Maccha Kobayashi (voiced by Ayaka Oohashi), created by character designer Hiro Kanzaki. Azuki is a cheerful and honest girl who acts before thinking of the consequences, and Maccha is a quiet introvert with a peculiar view on the world and enjoys making doujinshi. A strange turn of events led the girls to form the happenings and feelings from their daily lives into haiku-like phrases and start “575,” mixing these phrases into songs. They’re leading a fulfilling high school life by uploading these songs to a video website.
Participating artists include Asa, Azuma, Ad9 (HeriP), 164, Utata P, Otetsu, CosMo@Bousou P, Dios/Signal P, Tokotoko (Nishiwa-san P), Travolta, NatsuP (SCL Project), Nanahoshi Orchestra, Nem, Pinocchio P, Fuwari P, Minus P (Wonderful Opportunity!), Lamaze P, Ramune (Murabito P), and Yucha P.
Collaborating companies include Yamaha, Dwango, Aniplex, and Exit Tunes.
And Kamakura collaborators in the game include Komachi, Hato, Fujiya Peko, Iwata Coffe Shop, Kamakura Nohbutai, Enoden Electric Railway, Imoyoshi, Jojuin, Kenchoji, and Kuzuharaoka, among others.
In addition to the PS Vita game next year, a word communication tool called Uta Yomi 575 (Song Reciter 575) will be launched on iOS in Japan next Friday, July 26.
Watch the debut trailers below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.
Uta Kumi 575 (PS Vita)
Uta Yomi 575 (iOS)
Visit the game’s official website here.