Japanese developer Grounding Inc. has confirmed that rhythm-action title Space Channel 5 VR: Kind Funky News Flash! is once again being delayed, pushed back from its 2019 release window into the Spring of 2020.
In a statement on the official Space Channel 5 VR: Kind Funky News Flash! website Grounding Inc. says: “Thank you for your support for “Space Channel 5”. We regret to announce the “Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!” will be delayed. Originally scheduled to be released end of 2019, it has since been pushed back to Spring 2020. The new release date will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you again for your support to our game and apologize for the delay.”
While the English version is devoid of any reason behind the delay the Japanese version does note the delay is to improve the quality of the videogame.
A reboot of the Sega Dreamcast classic from 1999, Space Channel 5 VR: Kind Funky News Flash! was originally announced in early 2018 as Space Channel 5 VR: Arakata Dancing Show in Japan. A couple of months later it was confirmed the videogame would be getting a western launch with its new title.
Just like its predecessor, Space Channel 5 VR: Kind Funky News Flash! is a dancing rhythm videogame where you have to strike poses to catchy tunes to score as many points as possible. The gameplay should be a good fit for virtual reality (VR) headsets which have seen a growing abundance of rhythm-based titles arrive, such as Beat Saber, Synth Riders and BoxVR to name a few.
The story is set in 25th century involving Space Channel 5’s top reporter Ulala. She is hosting a news report on a mysterious dancing incident involving aliens known as “Morolians”, forcing people to dance. This means you need to fight the invading aliens by strutting your stuff in the ultimate dance battle, receiving more views and helping Ulala in the process.
Space Channel 5 VR: Kind Funky News Flash! is slated to support PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive when it eventually arrives. When details of a more concrete release date are confirmed, VRFocus will let you know.