By Alexander Jones / January 3rd, 2016
Sekai Project has been doing a lot of great work releasing niche stuff stateside via Steam, and that trend will continue into 2016, much to the delight of many of us at Operation Rainfall, including yours truly. This time, rather than a visual novel, Sekai has teamed up with a Taiwanese developer CreSpirit to release a side-scrolling platformer known as Rabi-Ribi. Blending pixel and anime art is not a drastically new idea, but the aesthetic has an undeniable charm that makes me want to jump right in and play. Add some bunny girls and you have a weird, wonderful niche title. I look forward to the Steam release later this year.
LOS ANGELES – December 31, 2015 – Ring in the new year with bunnies and bullets! Sekai Project, a publisher and licenser of Japanese new media and electronic entertainment, today announced their partnership with Taiwan-based development circle, CreSpirit. Together, the two will bring Rabi-Ribi, a 2D side-scrolling platformer with bullet-hell style boss battles to Steam for PC in early 2016.
Rabi-Ribi follows the “mishop” adventure of Erina, whose routine life as a rabbit is turned upside down and inside out when she awakens to discover that, not only is she in an unfamiliar new world, but she has been transformed into a human girl…with rabbit ears and a fuzzy lil’ tail to match! As Erina ventures out into this magical new world in search of her Master, she meets the spunky pink-haired fairy, Ribbon, who mysteriously chooses to stick by Erina’s side. Together, these unwitting heroes embark on their quest to restore Erina’s life to normalcy, unbeknownst to the troubles that await them.
Players will hop into the shoes of bunny-girl, Erina, who happens to specialize in close-quarters combat. Ribbon the fairy will act as a support class character, providing Erina with ranged attack reinforcement and attribute buffs. Learning how to use the two characters in unison is crucial if players are to survive boss battles where the screen can become blanketed with enemy fire in a matter of seconds!
And while Erina may be a fuzzy little rabbit turned human, this doesn’t stop her from being capable of some pretty spectacular moves and combos! As the game progresses, both Erina and Ribbon’s relationship will grow and their abilities will improve by learning new skills and attacks, and by collecting items, weapons, and equipping upgrades that are hidden throughout the world. What trinkets and skills to acquire is solely up to the player’s ability to discover them. Rabi-Ribifocuses on non-linear gameplay. There game does provide players with guidance hints, but they are never required to adhere to them, which allows for complete freedom to explore the world a-la “Metroidvania” style.
Rabi-Ribi is packed with more features than a carrot has vitamins:
- Retro 2D exploration platformer featuring an adorable bunny-girl
- Over 8 main areas and over 20 sub-areas to explore in a massive open world environment
- Over 60 items, weapons, and upgrades to be discovered
- Multiple difficulty settings for players of all skill levels (Godspeed to players who attempt anything above Normal)
- Over 40 insanely awesome bullet-hell-esque boss battles in Story Mode
- Over 20 fully-illustrated characters with gorgeous cutscene illustrations by Saiste
- Boss Rush mode featuring over 1000 different attack patterns
- Speedrun mode – removes all section of the game where the player is unable to control the main character
- Multiple playable characters
- Wide-ranging soundtrack with over 40 original tracks
- Over 100 Steam Achievements to unlock
- English, Chinese, and Japanese language support
- Even more bunnies!
Watch the announcement trailer for Rabi-Ribi:
Visit the official Rabi-Ribi website: rabiribi.kano-bi.com
CreSpirit is a Taiwanese video game developer striving to make exceptional games worthy of creating memories that players will treasure. Games we are currently working on include Rabi-Ribi for the PC and D-Squad for mobile platforms. www.crespirit.com
About Sekai Project
Sekai Project is a Los Angeles-based licensing and publishing company focused on Japanese media content and electronic entertainment. Founded in 2013, the company strives to improve the way in which fans can connect with creators through the creative use of publishing, social media, and crowdfunding opportunities. Sekai Project aims to bring quality content to the Western world.www.sekaiproject.com