After a wildly successful pre-launch program, The New Prince of Tennis: RisingBeat has gone live for iOS and Android. The new rhythm game from Bushiroad (Love Live! School Idol Festival) is based on the popular multimedia sports franchise, which has conquered manga, anime, and stage musicals.
RisingBeat couches rhythm games in a chibi tennis match style, using a wide variety of character songs. Players can also collect teammates and set them up in “My Space,” a multi-room home base they can design and furnish to their own specifications. It also features a new story to play in visual novel style.
As mentioned before, the successful prereg initiative means all new players will receive an adorable statue of TeniPuri manga author Takeshi Konomi, which can be displayed in the aforementioned My Space. Additionally, all new players will receive 3,000 Beat Stones, the app’s in-game currency. (The Konomi statue will disappear from your present box if not retrieved by May 31, 2018, so please free him ASAP.)
There has been no word yet on whether RisingBeat will be available outside Japan. However, the continued success of Love Live!, combined with the international popularity of Prince of Tennis and the impending release of the Captain Tsubasa app, means it’s one of the more likely games to potentially see localization.
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