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:
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.)