It might seem a little odd to be talking about location tests right now, but not everywhere is locked down, as Japan has mostly recovered from the pandemic. Various locations have re-opened their doors (whether or not people are electing to go out to the arcade is another facet that I’m sure locations have been facing), which allows testing to resume. Let’s get up to speed on some brand new arcade games that will soon be available not just in Japan, but in other parts of the world including the US and Europe, via the Exa-Arcadia platform. More tests of some of these games as well as others are expected to be forthcoming, although this all depends on what happens with The Virus in Tokyo.
Strania EX (G.Rev)
Location testing for this game began on the 10th and ended today; The Japanese arcade blog Small Room Aries captured some direct video of this one and posted it for us to enjoy:
I haven’t had much luck in finding player feedback on Twitter on this one yet, except for this tweet talking about the Exa-exclusive HELL mode. Another test for Strania is expected to take place soon.
Vritra Hexa (Neotro)
(Btw, click on the “Play” button on their website to play a fun little shoot ’em up in your browser)
Initial testing for Vritra was similar to Strania, but held at a different location. There is a lot more feedback to glean from this on, possibly in part due to Strania already being familiar to more players, while Vritra had gone under-the-radar. To quote one translation: “Stage branching and armed select are added for a different finish from the PC version. seems interesting! Unlike the PC version, you can solidify with 3 kinds of favorite weapons, so it’s easier to play and recover the boost while rotating