Why else would it have sent me an email suggesting I pre-order Xseed’s Akiba’s Trip, a game about going to Tokyo’s Akihabara nerdtopia district and fighting vampires by stripping their clothes off and exposing them to sunlight?
Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is being released in the first week of August for the PS3 and the Vita. According to the preorder site, it features:
– A “faithful recreation of Japan’s Electronics Mecca”, with over 130 actual shops depicted
– “Unique and customizable brawler-style combat” that lets you use signposts and other pieces of the environment as weapons
– Irreverent takes on “common anime and video game tropes for social satire” (is it still really “social satire” when it’s aimed at a subculture of fans?)
– The ability to strip opponents and wear their clothes
Aside from the fact that the gameplay does sound fun (assuming Xseed pulls off good “brawler-style” gameplay) there are a few strange points here. Well, just one: the stripping. The game remains unrated, but I’d bet cash money on its being stamped with an M rating.
The strangest part of this whole deal is the quote from an Xseed executive talking about the dub: ‘This is the biggest voiceover project ever at Xseed. Part of the reason we’re doing it is we feel this game can appeal to more of a mainstream audience and just not otakus,” said Executive Vice President Ken Berry.’
To be fair, Akiba isn’t out yet. But for some reason, I don’t feel like this particular game is going to attract a lot of “non-otakus”. Maybe Ken Berry knows something I don’t. I might buy it if I hear the gameplay is good, but I am one of those nerds Berry is referring to (also kind of perverted, but that’s true for almost everyone, right?) If I do, though, I’ll definitely have to buy it online – there’s no way I can approach another human intending to purchase a game like this.