The beatmania series has been the most prolific title of Konami’s BEMANI series of games since it’s creation in 1997, and the games are still going strong to this day with over 27 versions of the title. Throughout the years Konami has concocted new and innovative ways to keep players coming back for more and their series mainstay, beatmania IIDX, keeps growing with each iteration of the game. On Thursday, October 15th, Konami will start the 5th and possibly final round of Arena Mode for their current iteration of beatmania IIDX, beatmania IIDX 27 Heroic Verse.
As previously mentioned, Arena Mode takes four players from random locations across the world or locally in the same game center and pits them against each other in a battle for supremacy with each win netting a player a predetermined number of points. These points stack up and allow the player to progress through ranks topping out at the rank of A1, which trust me, is nothing but the top players in the game. I am currently ranked A5, and I struggle to even get in the top two, and I have been playing beatmania IIDX for 17 years almost.
With new each round of Arena Mode, Konami introduces either new charts into the game from its “Leggendaria” folder, which contains the most difficult charts in the game, or they use it to re-introduce songs which have been removed from the game previously. There have also been some instances in the past where they have used it to introduce completely new songs as well.
With beatmania IIDX 28 BISTROVER seemingly on the horizon, it will be interesting to see if this fifth round of Arena mode will be the final one for this version of the game, or if there is more to come. With COVID-19, everything has been pushed back and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case here as well.