Fifteen years after its release, music-based platformer Vib-Ribbon is coming to North America. Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that the game will be released as a PSOne Classic tomorrow, October 7th.
Shawn Layden, President and CEO of SCEA, mentioned Vib-Ribbon during Sony’s E3 2014 press conference, and at the time, his comment was interpreted as a tease for some sort of re-release or revival of the game, but in fact, Layden was simply voicing his admiration for the title.
“It was not my intention to rub salt in the Vib-Ribbon wound, but to express my admiration for it as the genre-busting title it is and was,” Layden said on the PlayStation Blog. “My mistake was that I had assumed that everyone who had been around in the original PlayStation era would have had their chance to play the game. I had forgotten that the American gamer was effectively denied the opportunity.”
Layden continued, “As a result of the ‘outpouring of love’ at the E3 name drops, our engineers have developed a way to bring Vibri to life on PS3 and PS Vita (we’re still working on a way to make it available on PS4). We look to have both of them up on PlayStation Store tomorrow at a price attractive to both Vibri virgins and the rare few amongst you who found a way to experience the Singing Spline back in the day.”
As an added bonus for PlayStation 3 users, Vib-Ribbon on PS3 will retain the feature that allows players to create a level based on an audio CD of their choice.