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Kizuna AI - Touch the Beat! Rhythm Game's PS4, Switch, PC via Steam Launch Delayed to May 25

posted on by Adriana Hazra
Rhythm game featuring VTuber Kizuna Ai launched for PS5 with PSVR 2 support on February 22

Developer Gemdrops announced on Friday that it is delaying the PlayStation 4 (with PSVR support), Switch, and PC via Steam launch of its Kizuna Ai - Touch the Beat! virtual-reality rhythm game from April 27 to May 25. The staff stated the delay is "in order to improve the quality of the content."

The rhythm game featuring the famous VTuber Kizuna Ai launched for PlayStation 5 alongside the PlayStation VR 2 device on February 22.

The game includes 15 songs by Kizuna Ai. The game's PlayStation 4 version will also be compatible with the PlayStation Move controllers. A "Non-VR" mode for the game will allow players without VR devices to still play the game.

The Kizuna Ai YouTube channel "A.I.Channel" first launched in 2016. Since then, she has become the world's most iconic virtual YouTuber and was on Newsweek Japan's list of "globally respected Japanese people." Her main channel has over 3 million subscribers, and her "A.I.Games" channel has over 1.51 million subscribers. She has since appeared in television programs and commercials, and performed as a musical artist.

In April 2020, Nozomi Kasuga signed on as an adviser at Kizuna Ai Co., Ltd. — thus formally confirming that she is the voice actress behind the character. The company was formed out of Activ8, the talent agency that managed Kizuna Ai and other virtual YouTuber talent.

Kizuna Ai voiced cameo roles in the Ingress and Magical Girl Site anime, and she also performed the theme song in the Laidbackers movie.

Kizuna Ai's staff billed the "Kizuna Ai The Last Live 'hello, world 2022'" concert in February 2022 as her final concert before she goes on an indefinite hiatus. The staff cited an update to "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" as the reason for the hiatus. The concert also unveiled Kizuna (#KZN), an original singing CeVIO AI. #KZN is "serving as a hub to connect with everyone and [support] Kizuna Ai and creators while she is asleep." (CeVIO is a suite of software that includes voice synthesis.) Kizuna Ai's original character designer En Morikura designed the AI with character concept art by Keigo Inoue.

Kizuna no Allele is an upcoming anime project for Kizuna Ai that will premiere on Monday with Crunchyroll streaming.

Source: Gemdrops' Twitter account via Gematsu

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