You can now pre-register for Hypnosis Microphone (HypMic): Alternative Rap Battle! You can follow the game’s official Twitter to start! There is also a campaign on the official website with a mini-game called Hypnosis Mic ARB Scratch Battle.
Thanks to the unofficial hypmic_en Twitter account, here are some of the key points we have compiled from their translations. The game will be available for both iOS and Android devices, described as a “rhythm and novel” game. Music will be mixed with visual novel elements, on a separate time frame from the current media (i.e. the CDs).
As the story goes:
In the H era third year, the Central Ward has established a new form of entertainment, known as Alternative Rap Battles with many divisions participating. The winner will receive 50,000,000 yen! You are DJ Rokuro Dotantsutsuji’s apprentice, a DJ invited by Central Ward to perform on the stage of the finals.
You will end up meeting all divisions and become wrapped up in an “incident”…
The main story of Alternative Rap Battle is split into two parts: Common and Individual routes. The Individual routes will focus on your chosen division from the start of the game. Rap battle scenes are in the story, original to the game. The battle within the game differs from the CDs, so will run on different rules.
The player character is confirmed to be male, with his profile kept secret for now. Though the game is under the Otomate label, it will not contain any romance elements. The game was originally meant for a December 2019 release, but has been delayed to March 2020 for quality assurance reasons. Dates are still subject to change.
Hypnosis Microphone will also have an anime project coming 2020. If you are interested, then do check out the Hypnosis Microphone / HypMic series and pre-register on the Alternative Rap Battle Twitter.