Grounding Inc. announced that it will release “Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!” for PlayStation VR (PSVR), Feb. 25 in the Americas, and Feb. 26 in the rest of the world.
The long-awaited new entry into the “Space Channel 5” franchise will be available on the PlayStation Store for $39.99 USD. This is the first standalone game from Sega’s music and dance-themed franchise to be released in 18 years.
Members of the original development team have returned to usher “Space Channel 5” into a new decade. “Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!” is set in “Space Channel 5,” the premiere space TV station of the 25th Century. For the first time, the player will physically join senior reporter Ulala as a rookie, by dancing, posing and grooving while holding PlayStation Move motion controllers. Returning cast members join brand new characters in new stages and music for a groovin’ good time.
The English voice cast includes Cherami Leigh taking over the lead role as Ulala, and Tom Clarke-Hill returning to reprise his role as Jaguar. Other cast members include Cassandra Lee Morris as newcomer Kell and Greg Chun as the being terrorizing the galaxy, Glitter.
The dance game “Space Channel 5” was released for Dreamcast by Sega 20 years ago. Intended “for everyone who loves music, dance and game,” the game introduced Ulala, a reporter for a future space TV station Channel 5. She battled mysterious aliens called Morolians with dance, rescued captured humans and saved space.
A live music event to celebrate the game’s release, as well as the franchise’s 20th anniversary, will be held in Shibuya, Japan on March 27. “Space Channel 5 Ukiuki Music Festival” will feature live DJs, a performance by a horn section, dance performances by the Ulala’s very own choreographer, a talk with Yuki Nakajima, one of the voice actors from “Space Channel 5 VR,” and more. “Space Channel 5 VR” will be playable at the event, joining merchandise booths, never-before-seen artwork displays, and an auction for rare items all before the main event starts.
For more information, visit http://www.sc5-vr.com/en