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Rhythm JRPG Keylocker Gets Summer Release on Xbox, PC

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The rhythm game-JRPG hybrid Keylocker finally has a release window: late this summer for Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam. Shown during the latest ID@Xbox Showcase, the announcement trailer (below) makes the Mario & Luigi and Chrono Trigger influences readily apparent… along with everything else the game has going on (there’s a lot). See for yourself.

Keylocker is the work of Virgo Vs the Zodiac developer Moonana. Here’s a summary of the plot and various features.

Step into the shoes of BOBO, a bold singer and songwriter on a mission to dismantle a tyrannical regime that has silenced all sound in the dystopian metropolis she calls home, Saturn. Through the electrifying power of music, BOBO must navigate real-time execution of moves in a rhythm game style to triumph over adversaries, uncover the mysteries of Saturn and its overlords, headline concerts with her cybernetic band and infiltrate the network to dismantle the corrupt system that ensnares her world.

Drawing inspiration from classics like the Mario & Luigi RPG series and Chrono Trigger, Keylocker seamlessly blends the charm of physical comedy with the depth of storytelling and challenge of strategic mechanics. With a genre-bending fusion of JRPG, narrative and rhythm elements, Keylocker promises an unforgettable experience.

Key Features:

Engaging Narrative: Dive into the dystopian world of Saturn, where rebellion simmers beneath the surface, and music is outlawed. Join BOBO on a quest to restore harmony to the land and overthrow oppression.

Dynamic Rhythm-Based Combat: Engage in tactical battles against the authorities, harnessing the power of music to fuel your moves. Swap between different movesets and tactics, mastering the rhythm to emerge victorious.

Captivating Soundscape: As you bring to life the sound of Saturn, BOBO and her band will perform an eclectic mix of pulse-pounding electronic jams that inspire the denizens of Keylocker. As long as you can keep the rhythm, that is.

Vibrant World Exploration: Explore Saturn’s sprawling cities, forge alliances, uncover secrets and challenge the status quo. Random battles are a thing of the past in Keylocker, with every face-off being an integral battle for the fate of Saturn.

Rewarding Social Interactions: Build relationships with diverse characters from various backgrounds through meaningful interactions and gift-giving. Delve into romantic and platonic connections, shaping the narrative through your choices.

Endless Possibilities: With multiple classes, branching quest lines and a dynamic narrative influenced by player choices, Keylocker offers endless possibilities for exploration and discovery

Keylocker Screenshots

Keylocker was the subject of a Crowdfunding Chronicles column back in 2021. Its Kickstarter page indicates that it met stretch goals to release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Right now, however, it’s only confirmed to be coming out on XSX and PC late this summer.

Keep checking RPGFan for Keylocker updates, including a firm release date.

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Gio Castillo

Gio Castillo

Gio is a writer and editor with a deep fondness for role-playing and management games. He lives in the Philippines with two cats he loves dearly.

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