Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: Acquire
Release Date: Summer 2023

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'Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director’s Cut' Will Get Limited Retail Release This Summer

by Rainier on March 3, 2023 @ 1:12 p.m. PST

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed takes players on an eclectic trip through Tokyo’s “Electric Town” electronics district in which they will battle vampire-like foes in over-the-top, highly stylized role-playing action.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed tells the story of a young man named Nanashi who was lured into a trap and transformed into one of the walking undead. Lucky enough to be spared the worst of his fate by the kiss of a mysterious Synthister hunter named Shizuku, Nanashi is sworn to rid Akihabara of the Synthister threat. Together with the rest of his companions in an organization unofficially dubbed the “Akiba Freedom Fighters,” Nanashi and Shizuku must uncover the truth behind the Synthister plague and save Akiba from being overrun by their kind.

In Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed, players work to repel a brooding malevolence that has suffused Tokyo’s popular electronics district, Akihabara (Akiba for short), which has been painstakingly remodeled in the game to resemble its real life counterpart. Akiba has been invaded by creatures known as “Synthisters” who prey on the otaku patrons of Akihabara like vampires, but feast on their will to live and energy to socialize rather than their blood. Only direct exposure to sunlight can destroy the Synthisters, and it’s up to players to ensure that that’s just what they get. If only it weren’t for those pesky clothes protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays…

That’s where players come in. It’s their task to roam this sanctuary of anime and gaming fanatics, identify the outwardly human Synthisters with the help of a handy smartphone app, and then beat and pull at them until they’ve been relieved of their clothes, exposing them to sunlight and sending them to the netherworld. Everyday objects from baseball bats to comic books to motherboards can be used as weapons, and players can take their enemies’ unique clothing for their own personal use as well.

XSEED Games announced Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director's Cut, an expanded version of the original Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed released in North America in 2014, is in development and will be releasing on Nintendo Switch in Summer 2023.

The publisher also announced a new story route focused around lovable Finnish exchange student, otaku, and part-time maid Kati Räikkönen, considered the “true ending” for the game, will be included in the Nintendo Switch release, along with all of the original game’s downloadable content. “Kati’s Route” will also be available for purchase separately as DLC on PS4 and PC for owners of the original release for $7.99/€7.99/£6.99 at launch.

XSEED Games announced that Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director's Cut will be available digitally on Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 when it releases this summer, with also a limited physical Day 1 Edition available for a MSRP of $39.99 on the XSEED Games Store and at participating retailers in North America.

Updated from its original release for a new generation, Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director's Cut places players in the role of Nanashi, an otaku mysteriously transformed into a vampire and thrust into a conspiracy of “Synthisters” plaguing the electronics mecca. Alongside a colorful cast of allies known as the ‘Akiba Freedom Fighters,’ Nanashi must defend his fellow otaku from vampire predators, discovering that the best strategy to defeat them is to strip them of their bare essentials and expose them to the cleansing power of the sun!

Featuring a fully voiced “true ending” route starring lovable maid Kati, original side quests introducing more offbeat otaku denizens of Akihabara, and an arsenal of new weapons and armor, Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director's Cut brings modern supernatural adventure for the Japanophile of discerning tastes.

A limited physical Day 1 Edition containing a musical selections CD and a set of nine oversized art cards featuring original illustrations by various Japanese artists to commemorate the 10-year anniversary since the release of the original title with be available for pre-order in North America shortly.

Previously released for Vita, PS3, PS4, PC (Steam), Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Director's Cut is coming to Nintendo Switch in Summer 2023.

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