Kaiji VR 'Steel Beam Crossing' Game Delayed to July

posted on by Karen Ressler

Game developer Solid Sphere announced on Friday that Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~), its PlayStation VR game based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga, has been delayed due to "various circumstances." The game is now slated for July in Japan.

Solid Sphere initially announced a winter 2016 release date. In its notice about the delay, the company said its most recent plan was to release the game in February.

The game will be based on part of the manga's "Despair Castle" arc where contestants attempt to cross four steel beams across skyscrapers, with the beams getting narrower the farther contestants go along. In the story, contestants are encouraged to push each other in an effort to be first. The VR game will also feature famous scenes from the manga.

In the Kodansha Manga Award-winning story of the original 1996-1999 Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji series, a consummate gambler named Kaiji bets on games ranging from janken (rock-paper-scissors) and human racing to falling pachinko balls and two-player mahjong.

The story inspired two television series and two live-action films with director Tōya Satō (live-action Gokusen, Gatchaman) and main star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light, Battle Royale's Shuya).

[Via Gematsu]

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