Shenmue lead programmer reveals Vita rhythm game

The lead programmer behind Shenmue founded a studio in 2010, and has announced its first big project: a music game with strategy elements for the PlayStation Vita, titled Orgarhythm.


One of the leads behind the Dreamcast classic Shenmue has founded his own studio, and the developer has now announced its first major project. The game is a music title for the PlayStation Vita, titled "Orgarhythm." It's not the cleanest word-smash we've ever seen, but it's a step up from Theatrhythm.

Tak Hirai served as the lead programmer on Shenmue, and he formed the new studio Neilo in 2010. Famitsu magazine (via Andriasang) reports Orgarhythm is due out this summer through the publisher Acquire. So far details on the game are scant, other than a few key details. It aims to blend music and strategy, and will have cooperative and competitive modes.

Hirai also seems to imply that it's a fairly complex game, claiming that it's rare to find a game that's difficult to understand. He says that even around the offices of Neilo, the complexity is a bit divisive.

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