The 'Spiritual Successor' To DJMax Is On Its Way To North America

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The folks behind my favorite rhythm game franchise might not be making DJMax games anymore, but the series’ spirit lives on in Superbeat: Xonic, coming this fall to the PlayStation Vita.

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Developed for Korea by Nurijoy, a company founded by the creators of DJMax upon leaving Pentavision, Superbeat: Xonic comes to North America via a publishing collaboration between PM Studios (DJMax Fever, DJMax Portable 3) and Acttil.

“I’m extremely excited to work with my former colleagues and bring what I feel is our spiritual successor to DJMax. We’ve been listening to the fans and decided that the Vita was the best platform for our players,” said Michael Yum, CEO of PM Studios via exclusive announcement. “I’m also very honored to work with the talented folks at both Nurijoy and Acttil on this new endeavor. With the former DJMax developers at both PM Studios and Nurijoy developing what they’re best at and by allowing Acttil to help us bring this game to the market, I feel we can give the players something they can really enjoy.”

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Let’s see, what players enjoy. For one, that’s frantic rhythm action on a screen that makes no sense to anyone not playing the game.

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Looking at this image I have no idea what’s going on. We’re off to a good start.

Then players want a selection of quirky music. K-Pop? Great. Asian rappers trying desperately to speak English? Even better. Superbeat: Xonic features more than 45 audio tracks and multiple difficulty levels, from four tracks to six tracks and a kick in the pants.

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And we don’t just want quirky music. We want quirky art announcing the quirky music.

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Perfect.

Well, everything seems to be in order here. Superbeat: Xonic will be shown at E3 next week in trailer form at the Sony booth, and will be in every rhythm game fan’s Vita come this fall.

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For more info on the game, check in with http://superbeatxonic.com/ tomorrow.

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Another game that may interest you is Deemo The Last Recital, same as the smartphone game but with more contents, expanded story, animated cutscenes and more. It’s digital only and coming out in all of Asia on June 24. I’m really hoping this comes to the west so I don’t have to buy a foreign PSN card.

The Asia/HK version will have English.