Exist Archive Launches in North America October 18th on PS4 and PSVita

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Aksys Games took to the PlayStation Blog today to announce the news that they will be localizing Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky for PlayStation 4 and Vita. It will be released on October 18th as both a physical and digital release. Exist Archive is a JRPG by tri-Ace, the developers of Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile. The gameplay is very similar to Valkyrie Profile as you control your character on a 2-D plane by walking left and right and jumping etc. Combat is also similar to Valkyrie Profile as your four party member’s actions are mapped to the four face buttons (cross, square, circle and triangle).

The story begins when your character dies in an explosion and is given a second lease on life by the evil god who triggered the explosion, Yamatoga. Aksys Games’ Danny Miscevich explains the story thusly:

Exist Archive isn’t your standard RPG fare. You die right off the bat in a massive explosion. Boom! Gone. The end. Or is it? While you certainly aren’t explosion proof, your journey is certainly not over before it started. Instead, you awake in a surreal realm, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Are you dead? Are you alive? Are you now an immortal being that wields the power of an evil god?

The short answers are “Yes,” “No,” and “Yes.” The explosion that ended your everyday life was triggered by the soul of an evil god named Yamatoga. You and 11 other people (who are also no longer living) are now immortal vessels for the soul of Yamatoga. As is to be expected when one becomes newly imbued with evil god powers, you and your comrades find yourselves mixed up in an ancient conflict involving a gaggle of gods and massive stakes.

Exist Archive was originally published by Spike Chunsoft in Japan. You can see how combat works in the following trailer: