Popular idol rhythm game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! released today in English on iOS and Android, bringing one of the fastest growing franchises in Japan right now to western audiences. Check out the announcement below:
It’s the moment many of us have been waiting for!
The English version of BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! is now available worldwide*! #bangdream
Download it for free on iOS/Android!: https://t.co/12PWjIOXAa
*excludes Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao pic.twitter.com/pgyuozfvim
— BanG Dream! GBP (@bangdreamgbp_EN) 4 April 2018
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!
makes up an integral part of Bushiroad’s multimedia franchise, which launched last year along with a TV anime.
The Japanese video game developer is already behind such popular franchises as Weiss Schwarz and Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, and BanG Dream! is no exception to their successful track record. The new franchise has already reached the level of genre veterans Love Live! and The [email protected], with the game constantly on the top of the Japanese Apple Store and Play Store charts. They were also able to successfully hold a widely successful live concert last year in Tokyo Dome City.
English-speaking players will be already familiar with the gameplay of the game, which consists of tapping notes in time with the music, as well leveling up cards, rolling on the gacha and engaging with the idols in conversation. The game takes place in ‘CiRCLE,’ a live house that organizes events for the idols of the game. ‘Poppin’ Party!’, the unit that appeared in the anime, is available in the game along with other, new units.
Much like the release of Love Live! School Idol Festival! in English previously, I have no doubt that the game’s localization will prove critical in boosting the popularity of the franchise overseas. Furthermore, the game’s inclusion of cover versions of famous anime songs such as ‘Hacking to the Gate’ and ‘only my railgun’ will attract even those not interested in idol music, which was a key factor in the rise of the franchise in Japan last year.
Fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting the release of the game in English, and those who pre-registered will receive 500 stars to use on the gacha. But new fans alike can join in on the fun – I can say from experience that it’s very easy to get into, especially if you don’t have any pre-existing loyalties to other idol franchises.
Check out the official website for the English version of the game for download links and more information.