XSEED Games has announced dual voice-over options and a Pinkun pocket plushie pre-order bonus for Akiba’s Beat in North America.
Akiba’s Beat features over 22,000 spoken lines, and will have both English and Japanese language dialogue options. On PlayStation 4, both language options will be present on-disc, while on PS Vita, the Japanese-language voice-overs will be available separately as a free piece of downloadable content.
Here is the English voice cast:
- Asahi Tachibana – Chris Patton
- Boss – Mick Wingert
- Hazuki Aihara – Alexis Tipton
- Kanon – Todd Haberkorn
- Kotomi Sanada – Cherami Leigh
- Megane Taro – Justin Briner
- Mizuki Aihara (and Dog) – Ray Chase
- Moe Suzumori – Alexis Tipton
- Pinkun – Brittney Karbowski
- Saki Hoshino – Erica Mendez
- Reiji Shinomiya – Ed Bosco
- Riyu Momose – Tia Ballard
- Yamato Hongo – Robbie Daymond
The Pinkun pocket plushie included with pre-orders of Akiba’s Beat, the game’s “cute little ugo” mascot character, is 3.5 inches tall and available while supplies last.
Here’s an overview of the game, via XSEED:
A spiritual successor to Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, Akiba’s Beat is a modern-day satirical spin on a classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward (“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.
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.
The PlayStation 4 version of Akiba’s Beat will launch in Japan on December 15, with the PS Vita version’s release date still to be announced. A North American release is due out across both platforms in Q1 2017.