Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] confirmed for an American release this year!
Great news came to light at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles earlier this week!
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st], the latest update to the Under Night In-Birth game series, has been confirmed for an American release by Aksys Games! No release date has been given yet, but the fanbase has been assured that it will be out by the end of 2017.
— Anime FGC News (@AFGCNews) July 1, 2017
In 2012, Under Night In-Birth made its debut as a Japanese-only title for the Playstation 3. Since then, the series has been expanded with content updates in a similar manner seen in the Street Fighter 4 series, which debuted in 2008. Its newest installation will impact Japan on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita platforms on July 20th, as confirmed via an announcement made by Famitsu back in April 18, 2017.
Online cross-play is currently available for the current version, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (released in Japan on 2014 and one year later in the Americas), on the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles. This convenience will carry over to this year’s update.
Exe: Late[st] rebalances the initial roster and game mechanics while introducing two new cast members to the fray: Enkidu and Wagner. It also welcomes a new feature called Cross Cast Veil Off. A story mode – properly titled “Chronicle Mode” – and a Combo Challenge Mode will be made available with this update as well.
Below is the first trailer for Exe: Late[st].
The game has been developed by French Bread (who is also credited for the creation of the Melty Blood series) and published in Japan by Arc System Works. Aksys will in turn port the product to the West on the same platforms for which it will be available in Japan. Again, no release date for America has been announced. Plans for a release on Steam are also in the works.
Fans of the Guilty Gear and Blazblue franchises will be likely to enjoy the next chapter in the Under Night In-Birth series as all three games share the same publisher, meaning that similarities in gameplay could be observed alongside the differences.
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