Today Acquire released a batch of new screenshots of Akiba’s Beat, that will be released in Japan for PS4 and PS Vita this Fall and in the west this Winter, courtesy of XSeed Games.
First of all, we get to meet two factions that we’ll encounter in the game, the Akihabara Vigilantes and the Delusion Administration. The former has the goal to destroy the erosion caused by delusions, while the latter aims to the betterment of the world, believing that delusions are necessary to that goal.
Among the Vigilantes we meet their leader, simply called “Boss,” and the twin sisters Akari and Aoi. For the Delusion Administration we get to see their Director General Mikado Kurosaki, and his underlings Yuki Kasuga and Mari Tojo.
Last, but not least, the mysterious dark merchant is also introduced. She is thought to be female, and she is always thinking of business, trying to make money in all kinds of ways. She basically acts as a sort of black market within Akihabara.
We also learn more about the gameplay. The imagine gauge will unlock new stages with the progression of the story, and going into imagine mode will generate weapons that will be more spectacular with the progression of the stages (up to five).
During imagine mode it will also be possible to launch powerful skills named EX Skills.
When the imagine gauge fills up, a cutscene involving headphones is displayed and the Imagine Field is activated. While music tailored to each character plays, some values are displayed: “Total” shows the increase in damage applied to the enemy, “Rate” indicates the growth over time of the total value.
There are 12 battle songs, of which seven dedicated to the main cast. This means that other characters will also be able to go into Imagine Mode.
Weapons are named “Personal Weapon,” abbreviated “PasoPon.” This is a wordplay with “PasoCon” which is how the Japanese call a PC. In fact, you can customize your PasoPon with computer parts like CPUs, HDDs and more.
Last, but not least, during the story a series of sub-scenarios dedicated to the main characters will trigger, in addition to many sub-events letting you delve deeper in the world of the game.