Kaiji Manga Gets PlayStation VR Game About Crossing Steel Beams
Japanese developer Solid Sphere announced on Monday that it is developing a PlayStation VR game based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto‘s Kaiji manga titled Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~). The game is slated for release this winter.
The game will be based on part of the manga’s “Despair Castle” arc where contestants attempt to cross four steel beams across skyscrapers, with the beams getting narrower the farther contestants go along. In the story, contestants are encouraged to push each other in an effort to be first. The VR game will also feature famous scenes from the manga.
In the Kodansha Manga Award-winning story of the original 1996-1999 Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji series, a consummate gambler named Kaiji bets on games ranging from janken (rock-paper-scissors) and human racing to falling pachinko balls and two-player mahjong.
The story inspired two television series and two live-action films with director Tōya Satō (live-action Gokusen, Gatchaman) and main star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note‘s Light, Battle Royale‘s Shuya).
Sources: Famitsu.com, Comic Natalie