Gemdrops Inc. announced a new rhythm game featuring virtual idol Kizuna Ai. Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat! releases on February 22, 2023 on the PS5, and will be compatible with the PSVR 2 headset. PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC versions will release on April 27, 2023.
You can watch the trailer for Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat! here.
Originally released for Oculus Quest, this new version of the game features new content. These features include controller support, a Non-VR Mode that allows play without VR equipment, and the new View Mode, allowing the player to move freely within the stage during VR Mode. The PS5 version will be compatible with the PSVR 2, which will be releasing on the same day as the game. The PS4 version will support VR Mode via PSVR and the PlayStation Move motion controller.
The game includes 15 popular songs sung by Kizuna AI, including “Hello, Morning.” The developers plan to support the game post release, by adding additional elements such as additional songs, additional costumes along with songs performed by #kzn, a Vocaloid-like AI-based voice synthesis character.
Kizuna Ai is the first character to popularize the concept of Virtual Youtubers, following her debut in November 2016. Gawr Gura of Hololive EN surpassed her subscriber count in July, 2021.
Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat! releases on PS5 and PSVR 2 on February 22, 2023. The PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions are scheduled for release on April 27, 2023.