Whereas this was talked about on the weblog the opposite day, press releases have a tendency to present us one more reason to debate new sport releases in additional element. The 20th anniversary version of Andamiro’s seminal dancing sport Pump It Up is now obtainable worldwide for arcade places so as to add to their venues.
We first noticed the sport on the IAAPA 2018 commerce present, the place many followers acquired an opportunity to examine the sport out (and present it off). It wasn’t a protracted wait to succeed in the discharge nevertheless, as places abroad already grabbed their improve kits (going from Prime 2 2018 to XX in the entire situations I’ve seen to this point, however kits will work for a lot of different present PIU fashions as talked about within the PR).
There’s a lengthy press launch under the trailer, one of many longer PR’s I’ve come throughout in current reminiscence. It will get into the brand new options (such because the renewals and reward titles), but in addition takes a paragraph to tout the enchantment to informal avid gamers. Whilst you clearly don’t need to rock the boat so exhausting that the followers bounce ship, releases like this want to herald new gamers or the collection will stagnate in gross sales. I’d have an interest to listen to from informal gamers who come throughout one thing like a PIU and if it could deliver them in or if they might really feel intimidated by it (and why).
I’ve heard from one location that the freestyle charts are in want of enchancment, however with on-line updates, followers can relaxation assured that it’ll obtain the eye that’s wanted. For those who’ve already had an opportunity to play it, what did you suppose?
Right here’s the in depth press launch, which incorporates some enjoyable info and historical past concerning the collection:
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and LOS ANGELES, CA–January 31, 2019–
This 12 months, Andamiro‘s Pump It Up music and dance videogame celebrates its 20th anniversary. Due to this fact, it’s no shock that Andamiro’s Music Enterprise Group has created a totally new software program system, including a number of new music and gorgeous graphics to mark the sport’s milestone, and to present each dance professionals and informal gamers one thing particular.
It was additionally no shocker that greater than 40 Pump It Up velocity and freestyle fanatics, generally known as “Pumpers,” made the trek to Orlando’s IAAPA Sights Expo in mid-November to be the primary to check out the dance sport’s 20th Anniversary version, dubbed PIU-XX; click on right here to see reside stream of contest occasions. Changhee Son, who heads up Andamiro’s M-Enterprise workforce, was readily available in Orlando to observe the brand new sport. A Pump It Up trial adopted in South Korea in December and last touches had been made to the 20th anniversary sport in January.
Rejoice! Pump It Up 20th Anniversary began transport on January 29 and may start to seem in U.S. gameroom places quickly.
The world’s No. 1 dance simulation sport, Pump It Up was initially launched in August 1999 in South Korea. The sport instantly turned an enormous success in its house market, and it quickly after reached North and South America, and Europe, in addition to different components of Asia. Right now, Pump It Up is a popular culture icon world wide and instructions a zealous fan base.
The brand new version introduces a number of options to the participant interface. These embody renewals for tune and step difficulties, and greater than 100 reward titles. Each renewals and reward titles are key components of the XX interface. Renewals enable gamers to proceed (or “renew”) song-and-dance periods from the place they left off. Reward Titles are designations assigned to a participant’s person ID; they may embody “titles” like “superior,” “specialist” and “beginner,” amongst many others. PIU-XX additionally has an internet matchmaking system, which might “match” gamers of comparable talents and types.
The 20th anniversary software program is transport in Andamiro’s present Pump It Up LX cupboard geared up with 55″ show. Improve kits with the brand new software program and “20th Anniversary XX” marquee are additionally obtainable; upgrades assist PIU cupboard variations CX (43”), TX (55”) and FX (42”), together with the present LX mannequin. Coinciding with the discharge of PIU-XX for arcades, Andamiro is anticipated to introduce a Pump It Up cellular model. Dubbed PIU-M, the cellular sport underwent an alpha check this previous summer time in Korea and is anticipated to start a beta check quickly.
“Pump It Up enjoys a wealthy historical past and has a really vibrant future,” mentioned Andamiro USA advertising director Nick Montano. “With the 20th Anniversary version, Andamiro’s improvement workforce is on the high of its sport and the Pumper neighborhood has by no means been extra energized. Moreover, the brand new sport may have better enchantment to informal gamers.
“A dance sport devotee just lately defined to me that probably the greatest attributes of Pump It Up is that it permits gamers to develop with the sport as their talents advance,” Montano continued. “They’ll transfer up via rising ranges of difficulties on the identical tune for which there could be as many as 30 ranges.”
Andamiro’s first sport was named “Pump It Up 1st Dance Flooring.” The Korean gamemaker has up to date and improved the collection yearly, with main system introductions rolling out each different 12 months. Notable highlights within the line’s timeline embody Pump It Up Zero for arcades and PlayStation Transportable, launched in 2006. Later that 12 months, Pump It Up New Genesis, or NX, arrived. Zero launched previews of background movies and the flexibility for 2 dancers to play on separate difficulties. The NX launch shipped with a brand new mode with nonstop remixes. Pump It Up Professional collection, co-developed with Enjoyable in Movement, was launched in 2008 and was designed to enchantment to “four-step” dance-gamers.
Launched in 2008, Pump It Up NX2 added assist for Andamiro’s proprietary USB flash drives, which saved a participant’s progress and worldwide rating.
In 2010, Pump It Up Fiesta marked the sport’s 10th anniversary. Fiesta launched two new mission modes, Quest and Talent Up, and eliminated problem ranges in favor of chart choices. A Fiesta sequel in 2012 featured a big selection of music. Pump It Up Infinity rolled out in 2013 and, like Professional, it boasted a “primary mode” to attract in new gamers. Infinity featured songs from all Pump It Up variations. Then got here Prime in 2014, which commenced the worldwide rating mode. With Prime2 software program in 2017 and 2018, Andamiro piled on options for all participant ranges. For learners, there’s a “find out how to play” mode. For core gamers, a rival system was added, whereas a steady play possibility stored them on the platform longer.
The present LX cupboard – with a big 55″ display, highly effective sound system (4 audio system and two subwoofers) and better Web capability – was unveiled two years in the past with Prime2 software program and music. A.M.Go card for gamers has since changed PIU’s flash drives.
FROM Ok-POP TO PACHELBEL
Pump It Up songs are principally derived from Korean influences and licensed from Ok-Pop artists. Ok-Pop, by the way in which, has been rising in recognition within the U.S. and world wide for the previous 5 years. Throughout Pump It Up’s early years, a lot of the sport’s music was created in home by artists identified collectively as Banya. Two of Banya’s members, Yahpp and Msgoon, finally turned impartial artists. Regardless of restricted entry to licensed music, Pump It Up affords considerable songs in lots of genres, which lend themselves to a dance sport setting. PIU’s music range covers all the things from basic pop to heavy steel to hip hop, together with a large assortment of jazz, people and ska. A few of Banya’s songs lined nice classical items, together with Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” carried out in a symphonic rock fashion.
The 20th Anniversary sport ships with 500 songs, 100 of that are new releases. That is the biggest quantity to roll out with a brand new Pump It Up model. Andamiro launch music updates with new songs each two months.
FACTS & FEATURES
Listed below are few Pump It Up info and options which have made it stand out for 20 years.
» The Pump It Up music videogame was developed by Nexcade and revealed by Andamiro in 1999. Amongst its distinguishing options are 5 arrow panels on the dance stage, in contrast with 4 on different fashions. PIU’s arrow panels are up-left, up-right, bottom-left, bottom-right and heart (which is an non-compulsory step in lots of tune/step combos). Extra gameplay modes make use of two five-panel pads side-by-side.
» Pump it Up caters to each freestyle and “technical” (or velocity) gamers. It’s identified for its freestyle-friendly charts, interesting to dances preferring the freestyle and breakdancing disciplines. Nevertheless, PIU’s huge assortment of songs with difficult step charts appeals to technical gamers.
» Pump It Up is likely one of the few dance video games that formally options “palms” play in a few of its cease charts. “Arms” are a part of PIU’s uncommon steps by which three or extra arrows should be pressed on the similar time. That is purported to be achieved through urgent two arrows with the ft and the additional arrows with the participant’s palms, therefore the identify “palms”. Utilizing rigorously positioned ft to hit a number of arrows directly can be acceptable.
Headquartered close to Seoul, Korea, Andamiro Co. Ltd. designs and manufactures ticket redemption amusements, prize merchandisers, and sports activities and video video games, together with the world-famous Pump It Up dance stage. Extra details about Pump It Up could be had by contacting the corporate’s U.S. division, Andamiro USA, at (310) 767-5800 or gross email@example.com.