5pb Fuses Strategic Combat With A Visual Novel In Kadenz fermata//Akkord:fortissimo

By Sato . August 12, 2014 . 2:40am


5pb. Mages are currently working on a new visual novel titled Kadenz fermata//Akkord:fortissimo for PlayStation Vita, that seems to have some strategic RPG elements as part of the action. The official website gives us an idea of how it plays.



The story of Kadentz revolves around the protagonist Freiya, who’ll need your help in taking on the Magician, with your wits and strategies using the game’s “FF” and “EXS” buttons, which are the key commands in combat.


While in combat, you’ll often face two situations of a chance at victory, but you’ll also need to live through the enemy’s special attacks. The other situation will put you in a pinch, where you’ll need to use the special attack, yourself, to turn the tables.



The “FF,” or Free Finish, is a special attack that can be used whenever you feel like it, but you might want to save it for the best possible scenario, on certain occasions. There are several of them to choose from, so that’ll also be something worth keeping in mind.



On the other hand, the “EXS” is similar to the FF special attacks, but their effects will also differ according to the fight. For example, Mikoto might be able to choose from three “sacred treasure” types, which can change the development of the battle.


The EXS can potentially let you control the flow of battle when used correctly.


Finally, there’s a “FA,” or Full Access” mode, a system that lets you pull off a super special attack that can be used for a huge come-back victory when behind. However, the catch is,it can only be activated by certain characters.


Kadenz launches later this fall in Japan for PlayStation Vita. You can also check out a teaser trailer of the game, in our earlier report.

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  • Smiech

    That name, though.

    • Shippoyasha

      Take your music classes, Miles Edgeworth!

  • wererat42

    The character pages with all the stats and whatnot remind me of Fate Stay/Night and I wonder what if that game had strategy elements. Looks cool either way.

    Aksys has been localizing 5pb games, so we at least have a chance of seeing this, maybe?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Aksys? Localizing 5pb games? I haven’t heard of it at all, even localizing VN one
      5pb most likely won’t localize VN games

      • wererat42

        Isn’t someone localizing Robotics;Notes and Stein’s Gate? For some reason I thought Aksys was doing it, maybe not.

        Probably serves me right for posting when I’m tired and drinking.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Robotic;notes isn’t got localized
          And steins;gate was only localized for the PC version and it even wasn’t by Aksys

    • アニメ ヴォルテックス

      LOL, the only VN titles that Aksys publish are Hakuouki titles and Xblaze

  • WhyWai

    that title, 7 Crusaders, human partner… yea… definitely inspired by Fate/Stay Night. No complaining tho.. looking good.

  • indra jaya

    what’s with this title? another moonrune language I dont know? :(

    • darke

      The title is caused by Japanese in general thinking English is cool, and punctuation is cooler. >.>

  • Armageddon

    SRPG + Visual Novel,how would that work I wonder?
    on another note:(note, LOL)

    • DyLaN

      Tears to Tiara/II was one as well. Presumely it just switch into SRPG gameplay in between the VN scenes.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        This is even not one as tears to tiara, that game has battle scenes
        This one seems not

      • Kai Kazuhiro

        Yes, There are actually plenty of VNs with SRPG.
        Like Sakura Wars, Utawarerumono, Kamidori Alchemy Meister, Eien no Aselia…etc.. etc..

        Most of them are just for PCs and most are just 18+

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    Looks very promising so far, I will buy this as soon it’s released :3
    fortissimo EXA is one of my favourite VN on PC, so can’t wait for this!

  • Aesma

    …umm… SRPG + VN isn’t really something new, though…

    Well, here’s hoping it’ll be localized.

    • Its not an SRPG at all, just a classic case of mistranslation by sillyconera.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Nope, it’s 5pb
      Heavy text games are hard to be localized

      • Aesma

        I assumed so. Well, one can hope I guess.

  • This might actually work out. Can’t wait to see gameplay video’s :)

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    They all seem to have names of summons, like Ifrit, etc

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Well, I guess “magical beings’ would be more appropriate

  • neogeno

    That name looks like a line of codeing.

  • Its not an SRPG >.> if it was there would have been battle grid shown.
    The thing is that the so called battles are just text with choices and certain choice can lead to victory or defeat/game over, im not the best person to explain this so sorry.

    • machomuu

      It may not be an SRPG, but I will say that something does not have to have a battle grid to be one. Take Makai Kingdom and Phantom Brave, for example.

  • John Smith

    I’d care a lot more if an English port of the original visual novels were available.

  • Yan Zhao

    Dem uniforms.

  • MrTyrant

    Will this one get a pc version? previous akkords games were on pc but I dunno how related are with this one.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Random Person: What the heck is this game?

    Me: Kadenz Fermata Forward-Slash Forward-Slash Akkord Colin Fortissimimo… duh!

  • Kornelious

    A Visual Novel with some actual gameplay?…..Sounds interesting…

    • Kai Kazuhiro

      You sound like you never played a VN with “actual” gameplay..

      • Kornelious

        I’ve played very few with such a feature :P

  • Afternoon Intergalactic
    • TheAnswerisback

      LMAO !!

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