Every once in awhile along comes an idea or collaboration that seems utterly absurd. In the world of gaming, especially from the perspective of Westerners, these gems frequently come out of Japan. Today's announcement is no different, with Andriasang revealing an absurd combination of franchise, developer, genre and artists.
The initial foundation of the game doesn't sound too crazy. The title is to be based off Rebuild of Evangelion. It's a remake of the immensely popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series, which many Westerners will no doubt be familiar with. Not too crazy, right? There's been Evangelion games in the past, so there was bound to be more to come.
Next up is the developer, who is a name many will recognise - Grasshopper Manufacture, the delirious minds behind Killer7, Flower, Sun, and Rain, the No More Heroes series, and the upcoming Shadows of the Damned. Known for stylish presentation and ludicrous themes, the addition of Evangelion to the mix would no doubt excite a good few fans.
But what of the genre? This is where it gets weird. Though an Evangelion game would be well suited to an action title, a brawler or even a role playing game, this title is...a rhythm game. A musical rhythm game, titled Rebuild of Evangelion Sound Impact. Featuring over thirty musical numbers, the game mixes these tunes into six gameplay modes, each focusing heavily on both visuals and audio.
Lastly, and for the cherry on top, we have the core team. Game direction will be headed by Kazutoshi Iida, who is best known for work on Doshin the Giant and Aquanaut's Holiday, as well as the extremely bizarre Discipline, while the game's soundtrack will be headed by none other than Silent Hill veteran Akira Yamaoka. Lastly, Goichi Suda (or Suda 51) is marked down as 'creative producer', completing this cocktail of crazy.
Will Rebuild of Evangelion Sound Impact ever make its way to Western shores? We doubt it. But, for those interested, you can look forward to what is bound to be a memorable journey on 29 September 2011, as the title releases in Japan for the PlayStation Portable.