Today the Nintendo Switch version of the remaster of the original game of the Akiba’s Trip franchise was temporarily listed on the website of the Japanese retailer Yodobashi Camera alongside the previously announced PS4 version, titled for the west Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed.
While the listing has been taken down, the remaster for PS4 and Switch, titled for Japan “Akiba’s Trip: First Memory,” left a trail in the form of cover art and images, which you can see below, courtesy of Twitter user れんか.
On top of the standard edition, both consoles will receive a limited edition including a 40-page artbook, the reprint of the 132-page guidebook, and a two-disk soundtrack.
The local release date is May 20.
The western version Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed has been announced back in 2019 by Xseed games, and we know should be coming in 2021. That being said, Xseed only announced PS4 and PC as platforms so far. It’ll be interesting to see if the game will come west on Switch as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it was originally released in 2011 for PSP, followed by the sequel Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed in 2013, and then Akiba’s Beat in 2016.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, you can read the official description from Xseed below.
“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.
Developed by Acquire Corp. and published in North America by XSEED Games, Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed is in development with the launch date to be announced at a later time.”