After its initial release in Japanese arcades in 2012 and following up onto Japanese-region PS3 in 2014, 2D visual-novel/fighting game Under Night In-Birth is coming to US and EU consoles this month.
Styled as Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, the game will be available on February 24th 2015 for PS3 players in the North American region, and on February 27th 2014 for EU region PS3 owners.
Under Night In-Birth was co-developed by Ecole Software and French-Bread studios, who are known best for their Melty Blood visual-novel/fighting game series. Under Night In-Birth was published in Japan by Arc System Works, and in the US by Aksys Games, both of whom have brought us similar 2D fighting games such as Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Persona 4: Arena.
Much of the story of Under Night In-Birth is told through 2D cutscenes that take place before battles, primarily through the game’s Arcade mode. In Under Night In-Birth, a mysterious event known as Hollow Night takes place every month on the full moon; an area in the world is taken over by shadowy supernatural forces known as Voids, who then prey on the people who have been captured within the Hollow Night. Few people are able to perceive the Voids, but those that do – and stay sane enough to keep their cool upon witnessing them – become “In-Births”, granting them access to unique special powers with which they can do battle.
There are 16 different characters to choose from in Under Night In-Birth, each with their own special abilities, techniques and strengths. This includes Hyde and Linne, the game’s protagonists, Carmine, whose special abilities as an In Birth allow him to manipulate blood as part of his fighting style, Byakuya, one of the new characters included for the console release of Under Night In-Birth and not playable in the original arcade version, and Merkava, a former In-Birth-turned-Void who has somehow managed to retain its human intelligence after its transformation. Under Night In-Birth also includes guest characters from other fighting game franchises among its roster: the player is able to fight as Eltnum, a character from the aforementioned Melty Blood series, as well as Akatsuki, from SUBTLE STYLE’s Akatsuki Blitzkampf.
Players are able to take part in various game modes familiar to most who’ve played fighting games before, which includes an Arcade Mode – doubling as a Story Mode – online and local Versus modes, Time Attack, Survival and Training modes.
Under Night In-Birth is a Playstation 3 exclusive, and there’s been no information on whether we can expect a PS4 or PC version of the game anytime soon.