Exist Archive

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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky
Exist Archive.jpg
Developer(s)Spike Chunsoft
tri-Ace[1]
Publisher(s)
Artist(s)Mino Taro
Composer(s)Motoi Sakuraba
Platform(s)PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release
  • JP: December 17, 2015
  • WW: October 18, 2016
Genre(s)Role-playing[1]
Mode(s)Single-player

Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (Japanese: イグジストアーカイヴ, Hepburn: Igujisuto Ākaivu) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Spike Chunsoft, with assistance from tri-Ace, for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 video game consoles. It was released in Japan in December 2015, and worldwide in October 2016.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The game is a side scrolling Japanese role-playing video game, similar to tri-Ace's previous Valkyrie Profile series of games.[3][4] Many journalists considered it a spiritual sequel to Valkyrie Profile.[3][5]

Story[edit]

The game involves the player following twelve youths who are killed by an explosion in modern-day Tokyo.[6] After their deaths, they find themselves on the fantasy-like planet of "Protolexa".[4] There are three different endings, based on the players actions over the course of the game, and some actions affect the game's new game plus mode as well.[7]

Development[edit]

The game was first announced in July 2015, as a collaboration between Spike Chunsoft and tri-Ace in a fourteen-page article in Weekly Famitsu.[8] The game will be developed by much of the same tri-Ace staff that had worked on the first Valkyrie Profile game, with assistance from Spike Chunsoft staff as well.[5] Other key staff for the game include character designer Mino Taro of Konami's Love Plus series, and music composer Motoi Sakuraba, composer for tri-Ace's Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean series.[8] A trailer for the game was shown at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2015.[9] Trailers for each of the game's characters were released over time through Famitsu's Youtube channel.[10] The game was first announced to be released on November 26, 2015,[3] before being delayed to its final release date, December 17, 2015.[6] Shortly after the game's Japanese release, Spike Chunsoft announced that there would be downloadable content collaborations some of tri-Ace's other games, including Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean 5 games.[11] The collaborations, released in March 2016, consisted of character costumes based on character's from the two aforementioned titles, along with a costume to dress up as Monokuma, the primary antagonist from Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa series of video games.[12]

Until April 2016, no information had been announced in regards to an English language release of the game.[11][12] NIS America, a frequent publisher for Spike Chunsoft games in English (Danganronpa 1, Danganronpa 2, Danganronpa Another Episode), gave a "no comment" response when asked about localizing the title.[5] On April 25, 2016, Aksys Games announced that they would be localizing Exist Archive for release in North America on October 18, 2016.[2] On September 8, Aksys Games confirmed that it would be released in Europe on the same day as a digital-only release.[13]

Reception[edit]

Famitsu gave both the Vita and PS4 versions of the game a 33/40 rating, with the four reviewers giving the title scores of 8/8/8/9.[14] The game sold 37,398 copies in its opening week in Japan, with 17,414 copies sold for PlayStation 4 and 19,984 copies sold for PlayStation Vita.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky". IGN.
  2. ^ a b c Miscevich, Danny. "Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Launches October 18 on PS4, PS Vita". PlayStation.Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment America. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Spike Chunsoft And tri-Ace's Exist Archive To Release On November 26 In Japan". Siliconera.
  4. ^ a b "Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky first screenshots". TechnoBuffalo.
  5. ^ a b c "Exist Archive is tri-Ace's Spiritual Successor to Valkyrie Profile".
  6. ^ a b "Exist Archive Trailer Shows Us An Overview And The Importance Of Bonding". Siliconera.
  7. ^ "Earning Exist Archive's Three Endings Is Easy - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. ^ a b "Spike Chunsoft x tri-Ace RPG Exist Archive announced for PS4, PS Vita". Gematsu.
  9. ^ "Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Trailer - TGS 2015". IGN.
  10. ^ "4 Character Trailers for Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky". PlayStation LifeStyle.
  11. ^ a b "Exist Archive getting Star Ocean 5 and Valkyrie Profile collaborations". Gematsu.
  12. ^ a b "RPGFan News - Exist Archive Gets Free Star Ocean 5 DLC Costumes".
  13. ^ Romano, Sal. "Exist Archive coming digitally to Europe on October 18". Gematsu.
  14. ^ "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1410". Gematsu.
  15. ^ "Media Create Sales: 12/14/15 – 12/20/15". Gematsu.

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