Forget waiting for Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy VII remake, the real game we’ve all been waiting for is the follow up to the grandaddy of dance games: Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!
Originally released on the ultimately Sega Dreamcast, the franchise disappeared with the end of the platform (unless you count Space Channel 5: Part 2 from 2002), but now the title rears it’s sexy snake hips for once last dance, only this time – the PSVR. That’s right, Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash! is a VR game – spoiler!
Before your parents even met, a small portion of gamers was playing another not-so-popular female lead, Ulala. I’m referring to Lara Croft – was never a fan in those days. Ulala is a reporter working for Space Channel 5 but ends up getting involved in a staged battle against aliens orchestrated by her boss to boost rankings.
How better to defeat the alien invasion? Through dance. Who else better to represent a dance-off, but a cameo from Michael Jackson a.k.a. Space Michael. This was before all that happened with you-know-what, but back in the day, it was a big deal. Whether there will be any cameos in the new game, we’ll have to find out but we’re unlikely to see the Moonwalk.
In Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash! you take the role of a rookie under the wing of Ulala who will show you the ropes, rather, footsteps to succeed. As a PSVR, you will be able to use the Move controllers and as with any dance format, burn off a bit of energy in the game – there’s even a calorie tracker included, among other features.
It’s being developed by Grounding Inc in Japan, who are made up of former Sega developers – some of which were involved in the original game back on the ol’ Dreamcast. What can we expect to see in the game? They’ve given us some bullet points:
- Story Mode: Join Channel 5 as a rookie reporter alongside Ulala
- Arcade: Play an introductory mode recommended for VR beginners
- Trial Dance: Play 100 dances in a row in this exercise and endurance mode
- Viewing: Watch the story again through a third person perspective and multiple camera angles
- Friendopedia: View character biographies
- Dressing Room: Change Ulala’s outfits as you unlock them through the game
- Calories: Track the calories burnt during gameplay
There’s not long to wait: North America, Central and South America get it first on the 25th February as a digital download, while the rest of the world including Japan, will get it on the 26th February. Groovy.