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Space Channel 5 returns this month

Ulala’s coming to PlayStation VR, with a PC version coming later

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Fans of Dreamcast cult classic rhythm game Space Channel 5 will be able to revisit the stylish dance-’em-up later this month, thanks to developer Grounding’s remake for PlayStation VR (a PC version is also in the works with support for HTC Vive, SteamVR, and Oculus Quest).

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 25. The game will cost $39.99.

The virtual reality version of Space Channel 5 sends rookie reporter Ulala to space to cover an alien invasion — one planned by her channel’s boss to boost ratings — and players will take on the role of a viewer. They’ll dance and pose, using PlayStation Move controllers, to rally fellow dancers and fight off the Morolian alien menace.

In addition to the main story mode, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! will include an arcade mode for “recommended for VR beginners;” an exercise and endurance mode; a viewing mode that lets players watch the story from multiple camera angles; and non-gameplay modes, like a character viewer and dressing room where players can swap Ulala’s unlockable outfits.

Space Channel 5’s VR re-release was unveiled back in 2016. Then known as Space Channel 5 VR Ukiuki Viewing Show, the game was originally developed for HTC Vive.

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