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Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« on: July 30, 2021, 02:53:08 AM »
Announced today:

https://twitter.com/cavegames/status/1420982728573390851

No real details yet except it is coming out at the end of this year. Probably the X360 port with a new EXA exclusive arrange mode, like SDOJ EXA.

EDIT: Teaser site:

https://exa.ac/ja/2021/07/30/%E8%B5%A4%E3%81%84%E5%88%80-exa%E3%83%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%99%E3%83%AB/?v=0f177369a3b7

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 04:01:01 AM »
Looking forward to this a lot.
Will feel inexpensive compared to the pcb :p

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2021, 11:42:00 AM »
Look forward to it as well! Really interested in what all gets reworked in exA mode.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2021, 11:47:58 PM »
I really hope they add the White and Red modes from the Home Limited Version. Instant buy for me if they do.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2021, 11:50:40 PM »
I really hope they add the White and Red modes from the Home Limited Version. Instant buy for me if they do.

Not a chance, I'm afraid. There's no X360 base version with HD graphics to port or work with, you'd have to do it from scratch, in a sense. And CAVE said years ago AK LE would never be ported.

But maybe the EXA label exclusive arrange mode will incorporate some ideas from AK LE in the scoring system? That would be really cool.
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 12:06:18 AM »
Same thoughts as you EOJ. It's more a wish than an expectation for the AK LE Modes.

I'm eager to see what that EXA mode is about. With the good work Trap did with SDOJ EXA Mode, I'm confident he will do something interesting for Akai as well.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2021, 06:58:21 AM »
4gamer states it will have Arcade, Zetsu and Shin (from the X360 port), plus a new EXA Label mode:

https://www.4gamer.net/games/586/G058671/20210730021/
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2021, 10:59:36 PM »
I knew this would happen.   I managed to buy the AK PCB a few weeks ago after a long time wanting it, and I wondered at the time if an EXA version would come out.  I concluded no....then sure enough....  The exact same thing happened with SDOJ! In SDOJ case I couldn't resist getting both. I am not convinced my willpower will hold out in this situation either (although my bank balance might be the thing that stops me).  Regardless, I am looking forward to the EXA version on the community's behalf as they did a very good job with SDOJ.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2021, 11:04:00 PM »
@Joe:

I doubt they will replicate all of the original PCB's slowdown (they certainly didn't do that in SDOJ EXA), and of course you get the original 240p graphics. So if you care about those things and own the PCBs then it shouldn't matter if an EXA version is released except if you want to play the new arrange mode.

With that said, the AK PCB, in my experience (and opinion), has far too much slowdown. So much that it started to irritate me whenever I played ST4 and ST5 because most of the time it feels like you are swimming underwater or something. This and DFK BL are two cases where I prefer the X360 ports. If they could just add in a bit more of the PCB's slowdown in ST5 and (especially) on the ST5 boss in EXA label (as compared to the X360 port), it would be the ultimate version IMO.
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2021, 12:26:48 AM »
@Joe:

I doubt they will replicate all of the original PCB's slowdown (they certainly didn't do that in SDOJ EXA), and of course you get the original 240p graphics. So if you care about those things and own the PCBs then it shouldn't matter if an EXA version is released except if you want to play the new arrange mode.

With that said, the AK PCB, in my experience (and opinion), has far too much slowdown. So much that it started to irritate me whenever I played ST4 and ST5 because most of the time it feels like you are swimming underwater or something. This and DFK BL are two cases where I prefer the X360 ports. If they could just add in a bit more of the PCB's slowdown in ST5 and (especially) on the ST5 boss in EXA label (as compared to the X360 port), it would be the ultimate version IMO.

Thanks EOJ - that's good insight.  Although on the matter of slowdown I find that in my old age I am not as nimble as I used to be and for me to have a chance with these games then slowdown would have to be 100% (i.e. everything frozen), but even then I fear I would just manoeuvre myself accidentally into the bullets :)

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2021, 03:38:41 PM »
Location test at Hey arcade from the 21st-27th:

https://twitter.com/exaarcadia/status/1450386281242906627

https://www.4gamer.net/games/586/G058671/20211019086/

Also some pics of the EXA label mode in both links.
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2021, 08:20:28 PM »
Any idea if they plan to stream some of the location testing?

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2021, 09:48:45 PM »
Any idea if they plan to stream some of the location testing?

I had a look at the 4Gamer link and it states they "plan to use a cab that can stream", at Hey.  :righton:
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2021, 11:19:26 AM »
Yeah sounds like they hopefully will start streaming today/tomorrow. Excited to see the gameplay and exA mode.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2021, 04:46:40 AM »
Stream has been live at https://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv334163010?camp202103tw=zE2uqy5Bvg_1634778247690 for about 8 hours now. Looks nice!

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2021, 05:36:34 AM »
Stream has been live at https://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv334163010?camp202103tw=zE2uqy5Bvg_1634778247690 for about 8 hours now. Looks nice!

I watched a little and the new arrange mode reminded me of Progear.

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2021, 06:27:43 AM »
Yeah, looks heavily Progear influenced, which I guess makes sense considering how much AK looks influenced by Progear in some ways (enemy/stage design among other things)

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2021, 07:14:01 AM »
I think Exa label mode looks really cool. Not sure if rank is controlled simply by the gem chain or something else.
The timing for item-spawns cancelling other item spawns seems shorter than in Progear, which I guess means that gem-waves similar to S1 boss in Progear is unlikely. The quicker cancels look real nice though!

I have really only played the regular Arcade version of AK, so looking forward to play in the other three modes :)

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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2021, 04:59:45 PM »
PEK played it and said if you press DOWN on the character select screen in EXA Label mode you can play some Ultra-type mode.

https://twitter.com/peketti/status/1451176947023679497

Maybe like Red mode in AK Limited Ver?
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Re: Akai Katana EXA Label [Winter, 2021]
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2021, 06:00:06 AM »
The location test ended early today, because EXA pulled the plug on it. Maybe they found some glitches/problems that need to be fixed. They have not stated the reason yet.

Hopefully another location test will follow soon!

https://twitter.com/exaarcadia/status/1451345368382279692
https://twitter.com/otearai753/status/1451390648762789892

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