Akiba’s Beat Will Not Feature Fan Service Found in Past Entries

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Akiba's Beat

Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed took the West by storm in 2014; the game gave players a chance to take on vampire-like otaku in a fictional version of Akihabara (A real life district in Tokyo). This year, Akiba’s Beat was revealed as a spiritual successor to the Akiba’s Trip series. However, after sitting down with director Kohta Takano, we found out that there are few similarities between the two titles beyond the name.

Akiba's Beat

When we asked Takano-san if the over-the-top fan service will make a return in Akiba’s Beat, he replied:

“There won’t be the fan service that was present in Akiba’s Trip, because these are two totally different titles. Akiba’s Trip will be around for the people who like Akiba’s Trip, but I’m hoping this game will be picked up by gamers who maybe didn’t like Akiba’s Trip.”

Akiba's Beat

The director seems to want to change course from the silly and fast paced mechanics of his previous game. Although, when speaking with XSEED localization staff, we were told that the conversations during character interaction scenes were still as hilarious as ever, and true to Takano-san’s previous projects.

Akiba's Beat

Akiba’s Trip Undead and Undressed

We also asked if the director will be returning to the Akiba’s Trip series, in which he replied, “I won’t be involved in the Akiba’s Trip series, but that doesn’t mean Aquire won’t still continue it. I will just focus on Akiba’s Beat.”

It seems that Takano-san is eager to focus on his interest in the RPG genre. We played Akiba’s Beat at E3 and said that:

“The most notable [change] is the action-RPG battle system. Akiba’s Beat seems to borrow cues from other titles. Such as, the fast paced battle system found in the Tales series.”

How do you feel about the change of pace? Are you looking to play Akiba’s Beat? Let us know in the comments below.

  • SpecialK

    I’m ok with this. The last title was amusing and fun, but I purchased it primarily for the accurate portrayal of Akiba, not the fan-service, and found that unfortunately, it focused more on PS2-era antiquated/awkward-feeling controls & graphical fanservice, than that accuracy. Fanservice can only take a game so far, there has to be “meat” underneath, and there just wasn’t, really, with Akiba’s Strip. I’ve got no issues with fanservice, and can tolerate antiquated controls, but I’d much rather have a solid game that delivers a unique atmosphere in it’s hyped area-specific accuracy.

    • azariosays

      I think it comes with age, and he definitely wants to show his growth as a game maker. It could seem like the easy way out to him to rely on his past accomplishments. I’m excited to see what he pulls off.

  • Go2hell66

    dumb, they realise thats one of the main selling points of this game?

    • azariosays

      yea, i agree. and i was confused at first when he said it. However, I started thinking and if Akiba’s Trip continues with the fan service. Why can’t he continue with something else?

    • Sylveria Shini

      We’re just dealing with two different series now. Trip and Beat are not the same series, so there’s no reason for them not to have different focuses.

  • BurgerUnit

    I’m a little bit disappointed since it now sorta shares the same space with Caligula and Persona 5 – and I feel they will deliver that type of experience better.

    But I guess it’s not called akibas trip 2 so really we all just kinda assumed it would be more of the same.

    • azariosays

      haha fuck us for assuming!!!

    • Ragnawind

      I think you meant Akiba’s Trip 3 in that last sentence. Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is Akiba’s Trip 2.

  • Mr0303

    That’s a shame. I liked the silliness of Akiba’s Trip. That being said I may still end up getting this one.

  • Morgan “The Retro Goat” Hench

    So it seems more like a spin off than anything. Makes sense, considering almost literally everything has changed other than location.

  • Visci

    Sounds like it’s more of a spiritual successor to Akiba’s Trip. Doesn’t have to be bad. If the new things are good enough and it stays relatively true to the old games (at least, it doesn’t sound like it’s losing the silliness entirely), then it can work very well. Although there is a chance of alienating old fans, while also not really gaining any new ones, as people who avoided Akiba’s Trip might be put off Akiba’s Beat, because it’s the successor of the former.

    However, I can’t see people, who are only in it for the fanservice, even liking Akiba’s Trip. It’s really not that fanservice-y. At least, not as much as one would expect, considering the concept of the game. Everyone who likes Akiba’s Trip like more than just the fanservice and as such should be able to give Akiba’s Trip a chance.

  • morzinbo

    How does that qualify as a “spiritual successor”??

  • Nicholas Perry

    Since it’s not really a sequel then that’s fine. Though he’s preying upon recognition of “Akiba’s”