Great news, Space Channel 5 fans. Recently, Sega announced that the virtual reality game, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! is getting localized and coming to western VR enthusiasts.
This news comes from the official Sega Twitter account, which tweeted out the announcement. Aside from getting a Western release, the publisher also revealed that Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! will make its first debut in the West this coming weekend at the world’s largest immersive technology festival, VRLA. Which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 4 until May 5. Additionally, the game’s developer will be holding 15-minute demos for the game throughout the two-day event.
Hi, #SpaceChannel5 fans!
With great pleasure, we would like to announce our new Space Channel 5 VR game, “Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!”
— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) April 27, 2018
Initially released as a Japan-exclusive, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! is developed by Grounding, Inc, an indie developer whos staff consists of several staff members who worked on notable Sega IPs such as Panzer Dragoon, Rez, as well as the Dreamcast classic, Space Channel 5. In Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! players take control of Ulala from a shoulder-level perspective and must protect the earth from invading extraterrestrials. The developer has also stated that the game employs arm tracking, so players can literally dance to the music in the game.
Currently, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! has been announced that the game will launch in arcade’s first and will be played exclusively on the HTC Vive, while the console release currently listed on the game’s website as “TBD.”