Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Releases July 29th for PlayStation®VitaJul 23rd 2014
5pb./Mages' hit side-scrolling beat'em up makes its digital download debut on the PlayStation®Network
Tokyo, Japan – July 23, 2014 - Today, 5pb./Mages, a publisher of interactive software, announces the upcoming release of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®Vita video game and entertainment system on July 29, 2014. A spin-off to the 2D fighting game "Phantom Breaker", "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds" is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat'em up that hearkens back to the glory days of the 8-bit era with modern 3D technology. The game features four playable characters from Phantom Breaker (Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki and Yuzuha), as well as Makise Kurisu of Steins;Gate fame as a playable DLC character.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds will retail for $12 (North & South America) and €10 (Europe) in countries where PlayStation®Network applies (in select European countries and excluding Brazil and South Africa). The Makise Kurisu DLC retails for $6 (North & South America) and €5 (Europe).
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds was previously released to great success on XBox Live® Arcade for the Xbox 360® system, and was 5pb./Mages' first game released in North America.
A mysterious man known as the Phantom has awakened and hatches a plan to unseal his dark powers. By giving ancient weapons known as the F.A. (Fu-mantion Artifacts) to youths with special abilities, he convinces them to battle each other with the promise to grant the wishes of the victors. However, each time the Fu-mantion Artifacts are used in battle, the space-time continuum weakens. This creates a rift between two parallel worlds, which will inevitably unseal the Phantom's powers.
Waka, the daughter of the Kumon Family, a clan tasked with protecting the world from the Phantom, and her friend Mikoto, attempt to stop him. However, the Phantom manages to escape and kidnaps Waka's younger sister, Nagi. Waka and Mikoto, along with Itsuki, the self-proclaimed “Ally of Justice" and Yuzuha, a ninja unpersuaded by the lure of the Phantom, set off to rescue Nagi and stop his nefarious plan.
- Combines the best 8-bit retro aesthetics with modern 3D technology.
- 4 different modes of play: Story, Arcade, Co-op and Battleground.
- Fight as Itsuki, Yuzuha, Waka, and Mikoto from Phantom Breaker, each with their own signature moves and attacks.
- Play as Makise Kurisu from popular anime and game series Steins;Gate, available as DLC.
- Team up with up to 3 of your friends in Co-Op Mode or see who's the greatest warrior in Battleground Mode.
- Earn experience as you battle through the enemy horde to unlock devastating new skills and build up your attack strength, defense, and speed.
- Battle against ginormous, screen-filling enemies!
More information can be found on the official website at http://5pb.jp/games/pbbg/en/
About 5pb. Games and Mages
In a time of rapid technological development, 5pb.Games and MAGES strives to provide deliver fun and exciting experiences to audiences worldwide. With a strong focus on visual novels, 5pb. has developed and published several well-received IPs including the Phantom Breaker series and Steins;Gate in its native country of Japan.