In the videogame heartland of Tokyo the delusions of otaku are coming to life - threatening the vey fabric of reality. As a good-for-nothing geek, you must take to the streets and battle the imaginations of the citizens of the legendary Akihabara district in this hyper-stylish, urban JRPG. Akiba's BeatÂ is anÂ action role-playing video gameÂ for theÂ PlayStation VitaÂ andÂ PlayStation 4Â video game consoles. It is the third entry in theÂ AkibaÂ series, after the Japan-onlyÂ Akiba's TripÂ forÂ PlayStation PortableÂ and the worldwide releaseÂ Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed, though it is the first entry that plays as aÂ JRPG. The game was released on December 15, 2016 in Japan, and in May 16, 2017 in North America and May 19 in Europe, published byÂ Marvelous USAÂ and PQube. The game is considered a follow-up to the twoÂ Akiba's TripÂ games, but does not share any of its gameplay mechanics, instead focusing more on JRPG related features and structures.The game plays as anÂ action RPG, with battles initiated once the player moves theÂ playable characterÂ into an enemy character, sending involved characters into a separate battle screen The game takes place inÂ AkihabaraÂ and starsÂ protagonistÂ andÂ NEETÂ Asahi Tachibana, living a regular life after deciding to drop out of college.Transfer student, Saki Hoshino, recently moved to the area and runs into Asahi.Other main characters in includeÂ Japanese idolÂ Riyu Momose, the very young looking Yamato Hongo.The game involves the party getting stuck in a world of delusions, trapped in a repeating day long cycle on a Sunday.The party also keeps coming across a strange, unidentifiable man in a pink sash, that always seems to be around when unexplainable incidents occur. The game was first announced on May 30, 2016, as developer Acquire's firstÂ action role-playing video game.First information on the title, such as it being a game for theÂ PlayStation VitaÂ andÂ PlayStation 4, were first revealed in an issue ofÂ Famitsu.The game was 75% complete as of the time of the announcement.On June 7, 2016,Â Xseed GamesÂ announced they would be releasing the game in English on both platforms.The game will be the second of threeÂ AkibaÂ games to be translated to English; the originalÂ Akiba's TripÂ forÂ PlayStation PortableÂ was never translated or released in English, but the second game,Â Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed, was translated and published by Xseed Games.The game's story was announced to be more serious in theme than the prior two games in the series.Despite this, similar to the prior games, it will still take place in a realistic recreation ofÂ Japan'sÂ Akihabara, coupled with surreal dungeon areas more akin to games such asÂ Persona 3.Key staff for the game include director Kohta Takano ofÂ Divine Gate, character designs by UCMM, and a theme song titled "Again", sung byÂ ClariS.On October 27, 2016, PQube confirmed a European release. The game was originally scheduled for release in Japan during the fall of 2016, but was later delayed to winter of that year, before the release was narrowed down to December.The PlayStation 4 version launched on December 16, 2016, with the PlayStation Vita release pushed back to March 16, 2017.Both PS4 and PS Vita versions were released on PSN digitally and retail on May 16, 2017.