There aren't nearly as many quirky Japanese-developed PS Vita games out there as we hoped at the moment, but hopefully confirmation of a release date for Orgarhythm by XSEED Games will help that along.
Orgarhythm is a unique, music rhythm RTS title which is developed by ACQUIRE along with Takashi Hirai's Neilo studio. XSEED Games is skipping retail for the North American release and the game is scheduled to hit only the PS Store on October 23rd for $29.99.
Take a look at the new release date announcement set of screens and a bit more info.
Read on for the announcement from XSEED.
XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today announced that the upcoming music and real-time strategy rhythm game, Orgarhythm, will be released on October 23rd in North America on the PlayStation Network as a digital download for the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, for a retail price of $29.99. Orgarhythm was developed in Japan by ACQUIRE in conjunction with Neilo, the new studio founded by Takashi Hirai who is best known for his past work on Space Channel 5 and Rez.
In Orgarhythm, rhythm and sound act as the user interface, allowing players to control their armies and protect their god through rhythmic interaction with on-screen prompts. The result is a truly hypnotic mobile gaming experience unlike any other. Playing as the God of Light, players will battle the forces of the God of Darkness by deploying elemental soldiers for rhythm-based attacks synced to a hypnotic mix of rock, club and tribal music.
In the game, rhythm is a weapon and different attacks occur on different beats, making the game’s catchy soundtrack dynamic to user input. Each unit type is based on one of the three elements of Earth, Water and Fire, and each elemental troop has a “rock, paper, scissors” relationship between the opposing elements. With these dynamics in mind, players must choose how to effectively deploy their forces while keeping beat with the music. Players use three taps to choose the unit and attack type, then a swipe of the finger across the screen to choose position and formation. Using the same interface mechanic, players can also unleash their divine powers to boost attack, defense and healing, or slow down enemy troops. The game also includes both versus and co-op two-player modes via ad-hoc network play.
Additionally, XSEED Games and ACQUIRE hosted a fan music submission contest in September, which is now closed. Submissions are still being evaluated, and announcements will be made shortly.
XSEED Games will publish Orgarhythm exclusively on the PlayStation Store on the PS Vita in North America on October 23 for $29.99 – look for more updates in the coming weeks. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB, and additional information can be found on the product site at www.orgarhythm.com