The interstitial story — it’s set between 2012’s Gravity Rush and next January’s Gravity Rush 2 — will debut in advance of the second Gravity Rush installment, which is coming to PlayStation 4. Players of the first physics-defying action title, released on PlayStation Vita (and later PS4), will recognize characters like Kat and Raven, who star in the animation. It fills in their story following the cliffhanger that concludes Gravity Rush.
Studio Khara produced the anime; it’s known best for its work on the Rebuild of Evangelion film franchise. Unlike those longer features, Gravity Rush the Animation ~Overture~ should run about 20 minutes. It also appears to capture the Gravity Rush games’ unique aesthetic, which places cel-shaded characters amid a beautiful fantasy setting.
Picking up the first print of Gravity Rush 2 nets Japanese fans a copy of the animated special on a separate Blu-ray disc. Those in the country around Christmas will get to watch the premiere on TV; it airs Dec. 25 at 1:05 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo.
Update: Stateside audiences can check out the anime on YouTube, according to the PlayStation Blog. The video will go live at 8 a.m. PT on Dec. 26.