This is definitely one of those cases where I was so excited to share this announcement, that I was going to write the title of the article in caps. Quirky puzzle platformer Vib Ribbon is coming to North America, Latin America and Japan later today when PSN updates, President and CEO of SCEA Shawn Layden has announced on the PlayStation Blog. By the way, the game’s also coming to Europe, but if you live there, you’ll have to wait until next week to download Vib Ribbon.
Before moving on, let’s provide some context. A few months ago, during Sony’s E3 Press Conference, everyone (and I mean everyone) was talking about how the company teased the re-release of PlayStation One game Vib Ribbon in our territory. But not only did the company not announce the release of the game in North America, but they blatantly ignored anything regarding the tease. Until now.
“It was not my intention to rub salt in the Vib Ribbon wound, but to express my admiration for it as the genre-busting title it is and was. My mistake was that I had assumed that everyone who had been around in the original PlayStation era would have had their chance to play the game. I had forgotten that the American gamer was effectively denied the opportunity. To mention it at E3 was to delight some and to squirt lemon in the eyes of others. For this, I apologize. It was not my intent to dangle the delight of Vibri in front of those who longed for but could not have. It was to make a point about having the courage, and talent, to break the mold. To do what your heart demands. To me Vib Ribbon — well, to be honest, Nanaonsha for that matter — has always been committed to that ideal. An ideal I wish to celebrate”, Shawn Layden said as part of this announcement.
But what’s Vib Ribbon? For the uninitiated, Vib Ribbon is an action-rhythm game similar to PaRappa the Rapper (both games were created by the same development crew.) In the black and white game, you play as a rabbit that explores two-dimensional environments. But there’s a catch! The game loads into the RAM, allowing you to use any music CD in your collection and the game creates levels using your favorite music tracks.
The game’s coming to the PlayStation 3 and Vita (the team’s working to bring the game to the PlayStation 4) and interestingly, the PS3 version of the game allows you to use your CD collection to create levels.
Source: PlayStation Blog