“Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed” Headed West this Summer

Publisher XSeed Games has announced that Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed will be receiving a western release in summer 2021 for Steam PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch, following the Japanese launch on 20 May 2021. Hellbound & Debriefed is an HD remake of the 2011 original on PSP.

In addition to a standard release, there will also be a special “Day 1” 10th Anniversary Edition that looks to include a two disc soundtrack, art book, and a collector’s box.

But what is the game all about? Ripping the clothes off of vampiric demons, that’s what!

Set in Akihabara, Japan, players must use a special camera to identify Shadow Souls, vampire-esque beings who can make themselves indistinguishable from normal people and also possess normal humans by biting them. Once identified, however, you can attack the Shadow Souls in hand-to-hand combat, tearing away their clothes in the process. They only die when they are fully exposed to sunlight, hence the vampire comparison.

It will be interesting to see if the powers that be at Sony allow that the PS4 version to be released uncensored, as censoring Japanese games certainly seems to be the trend on PlayStation platforms.

You can check out the trailer below, followed a full breakdown of the game from the official Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed website.

Welcome to Akihabara, agent.

If this is your first time here, you may find the culture a bit unusual, to say the least. But to those who lead their lives here, it’s a paradise. They see it as a safe haven from the outside world, where they can celebrate the music, the games, the shows, and the characters they love.

We’re here to keep it that way.

None of them know what’s happening here. What’s watching them, hunting them, picking off their friends who get lost after dark. Why those friends resurface as hopeless shut-ins, barely able to speak, let alone walk outside ever again.

We’re still gathering information for now, but check back soon for the latest on our contacts, intel, equipment, and techniques.

For Japan and humanity,

Acting Director Ryuji Sejima

Source: Niche Gamer


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