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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Action
Publisher: PQube (EU), Aksys Games (US)
Developer: French Bread
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2018

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'Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] ' (ALL) Introduces Phonon Character - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 17, 2018 @ 9:53 a.m. PST

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is a stylish 2D fighting game set to bring explosive effects and fast-paced fighting, with a combat system that is easy to pick up but difficult to master.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late offers up a peculiar cast of characters. Merkava is a bizarre being who can alter his form, gliding with bat wings in one moment, and extending his deadly arms toward his opponents the next. Linne is a young, seemingly innocuous girl who quickly decimates her enemies’ expectations, utilizing her sword to viciously filet would-be assailants. 16 characters bring with them a distinct appearance, as well as their own fighting style to dole out the punishment! 

A multitude of game modes are included: Versus, Arcade, Score Attack, Time Attack, Survival, Training, Gallery, and an Online Mode!


New characters join the battle with the inclusion of Phonon, a fresh entry in the UNDER NIGHT cast, playable for the first time in UNIEST. Let's take a closer look at the lady who is set to whip scores of players into submission – Phonon.

A young lady who admires skill and strength above all who recently developed powers as an In-Birth, Phonon was discovered by the Existence Force Guardians, a student vigilante group dedicated to protecting people during the hollow night.

She was given training and was entrusted with a powerful weapon called Muniel in return for agreeing to help them. She decides to break her agreement with the EFG and strikes out on her own during the hollow night to test herself and the extent of her powers, and prove that she doesn't need help from anyone.

Phonon is an offensive zoning character that uses her long-range whip and projectiles to control space on screen. With her rangy whip moves she is able to both push the opponent away as well as pull them towards her in order to manipulate her opponent's positioning, and is able to make the opponent worry about blocking attacks from any range on screen.

With a variety of projectiles and whip attacks, Phonon can both keep away and pressure at will, and has the ability to control where her opponents are on the screen through constant harassment.


Phonon's ‘Affliction' is a versatile projectile attack that she can launch either along the ground or from the air at a diagonal angle. The EX version can also be followed up with a combo on hit or will leave you in an advantageous position to continue your attack on block!

‘Guidance Ascension' is a powerful upwards attack with the whip that acts as a great anti-air and reversal attack for Phonon. The A version hits close to Phonon and is a great anti-air attack, while the B version hits further away and makes taking to the skies a risky move at any range against Phonon.

The EX version tracks the opponent and is an invincible attack, making it a great way to challenge pressure from an opponent.

‘Restraint' is an attack that leaps up from the ground and whips down at the opponent, able to hit both close and far with the A and B version respectively; she can cancel it into her air projectile even on block for continued aerial pressure. The EX version handily tracks the opponent as well and is a very fast overhead attack that can hit from full screen.

Her Force Function (B+C) move is called ‘Impulse', where she swings the whip overhead and then slams it down into the ground. It's an excellent anti-air attack and if you hold the buttons to charge it, the attack will bounce the opponents off the wall, leaving them vulnerable for follow-up attacks.

‘Binding Beatitude' is Phonon's Infinite Worth, a super move that requires a full stick of butter to perform, freezes the opponent with a quick hit and then slams the opponent into the wall with a follow-up.

Phonon takes her place in the cast of UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH as an offensive powerhouse that is sure to be a force to be reckoned with. She has the ability to manage any situation and would be a great pick for players who enjoy controlling the space on screen, having a wide variety of options at hand, and harassing their opponents with quick long ranged attacks.

‘Rythmic Satisfaction' is a multiple part move where Phonon swings her whip in a forward moving attack that can be followed up on. The A version moves more horizontally, while the B version covers more vertical space. The follow up attack, done by holding backwards and either A or B, works similarly – the A version sends the opponent downwards while the B version launches them upwards.

The EX version is a combination attack with extremely long reach that leaves her at a considerable advantage afterwards, making it an ideal combo ender.

Key Features:

  • Once the match starts, a constant, fierce battle erupts! Throughout the match, players attempt to best one another to gain temporary offensive abilities. Every moment counts, and every fight is intensely fast-paced!
  • Move inputs are streamlined so that newcomers can easily jump into the fray. This also prevents players from having to pause to look at move lists all day, but don't worry, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late has plenty of depth to satisfy experienced fighting gamers! Study less, and fight more!
  • Legend tells of a dark shadow that consumes the souls of the living, but is there any truth to it? Play as each character to discover their role in this mysterious, dark world!
  • Develop and train at your best with Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late’s Network Mode, developed by famed fighting game experts Arc System Works. Test your skills against players from the North America or go beyond our shores to make new friends in Japan!
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late’s accessible controls allow beginners to pull off special attacks and fight against opponents. However, for experts, the game gives you chances to learn special combos and utilize its complex system to pull off even bigger and more powerful attacks!
  • Whether you want to delve deep into the lore of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late or train to be the best fighting in Network Mode, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late offers players a chance to master each of the 16 characters with its plethora of modes. Experience the story in Arcade Mode or train and master your skills in Training Mode.  For a challenge, enter Score Attack, Time Attack and Survival modes!
  • With 16 characters, each with different moves and fighting style is a great introduction to fighting games, but also gives veteran players a chance to learn each character’s complex move system.
  • World-shattering special moves intensify matches!

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will bring the ultimate battle to PS4, PS3 and Vita in Europe on February 9, 2018.


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