Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed launches May 20 in Japan for PS4, Switch [Update 2]

Revisit Akihabara circa 2012.

Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Original 01/05/21 at 2:40 a.m.: Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed, the June 2019-announced remaster of the original Akiba’s Trip released for PSP in 2012 in Japan, will launch for PlayStation 4 and Switch as Akiba’s Trip: First Memory on May 20 in Japan, retail listings at Yodoashi (PS4, Switch) reveal.

The remastered version of the “strip action RPG” was initially announced for PlayStation 4 and PC by western publisher XSEED Games. This is the first confirmation of a Switch version.

First-print copies of Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed in Japan include a bonus clear sticker. An 8,778 yen “10th Anniversary Edition” will also be available, which includes the 40-page full color visual book “Akiba’s 10 Years of Memory,” a reprint of the 132-page unbranded gameplay guide “Akiba’s Trip Official Complete Guide,” and the two-disc soundtrack “Akiba’s Trip 1st Complete Soundtracks.”

It is currently unknown whether a standard physical edition of the game will be available in Japan, as Yodobashi only lists the 10th Anniversary Edition.

Here is an overview of the game, via XSEED Games:

Take a trip back to the origin of a series that will knock more than just your socks off! In Akiba’s Trip, players expose vampiric creatures called Shadow Souls to deadly sunlight by liberating them of their clothes. Now, a fully remastered version of the original “Strip Action RPG” is coming to the West for the first time. Following the success of Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, which was released as Akiba’s Trip 2 in Japan and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed completely rebuilds the first title in a modern engine, bringing back the beat-’em-up, strip-’em-down gameplay fans know and love while accurately rendering Akihabara, Japan’s geek paradise, from circa 2012 in glorious HD.

Update 01/05/21 at 8:30 a.m.: Here are the first images and box art:

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Thanks, @Renka_schedule.

Update 01/06/21 at 1:17 a.m.: Here are some additional details from Weekly Famitsu:

  • The standard edition will cost 4,800 yen in Japan.
  • The Akiba’s Trip series has sold 800,000 copies worldwide.
  • Costumes have been adjusted to better match their illustrations. Underwear looks even better.
  • A badge collection element has been added. (These are shared with PlayStation 4 trophies.)

Thanks, Ryokutya2089.

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