Online PC gaming platform, Johren has announced that they will make the super popular Japanese joseimuke game, Touken Ranbu available in English on February 23rd, 2021!! The English Release has been postponed. The tentative release date has not been announced yet. Touken Ranbu Online is a free to play, turn-based, sword raising simulation game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Game, that centers around a sage who must battle an evil entity trying to alter history with the help of anthropomorphized swords that transform into heroic, sword-wielding men.
Originally released in 2015, Touken Ranbu has amassed an impressive fanbase of 1.5 million within its first year! The game is especially popular among women, due to its supporting cast of attractive male characters and has been adapted into three anime series, stage musicals, stage plays, and a feature film.
D3 Publisher and developer VRIDGE have announced that otome visual novel Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi: Jinchuu Houkoku no Shi will be released in English, for Switch and Steam. It will launch sometime in 2021 with Japanese audio and English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese text support.
The Western release will be solely digital–available through the Nintendo eShop and Steam catalogue, while the Japan release, will be available both physically and digitally.
Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi first launched for PlayStation 2 in December 2004 in Japan, followed by DS in November 2008. The updated, Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi: Jinchuu Houkoku no Shi features high-resolution support, system improvements, and more.
Cozy up with your favorite Code: Realize characters for more adventure and romance
Aksys Games announced today that they will release both Standard and Limited Editions of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ for the Nintendo Switch™ next month on February 25th. The third chapter in the beloved interactive fiction series, Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ invites fans to join the poison-skinned heroine Cardia Beckford for further escapades with a team of famous (and famously handsome) figures from Western literature as they face new challenges, new friends and foes, and new opportunities for love.
The Limited Edition of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ includes a set of five 1.5” metal buttons featuring new holiday chibi artwork and a 3” acrylic keychain of Cardia in her winter costume. This keychain will be the third in the Code: Realize exclusive set of acrylic keychains.
~Wintertide Miracles~ takes fans deeper into the world of Code: Realize and its intriguing characters. Experience the seasonal magic and chaos of two-on-one dates and play with dynamics (and hearts) by bringing multiple members of Lupin’s gang on a wide variety of romantic romps. Learn more about the dashing detective Herlock Sholmés and the enigmatic Finis in continuing sagas involving the newest men in the Code: Realize universe, and join Cantarella, the mysterious young lady Cardia encountered in one of her many adventures, as she is caught up in the chaos that always seems to surround Lupin and his gang.
About the Code: Realize Universe The story begins with the main character, Cardia, isolated and alone in a mansion on the outskirts of a 19th century steampunk version of London. A victim of a mysterious affliction that makes her blood a virulent poison and her touch instantly lethal, Cardia is shunned as a monster. Through a number of events both grand and seemingly insignificant, Cardia is pursued by the Royal Guard, kidnapped by the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, and joined by myriad other handsome figures from the best of Western literature. With her new-found friends (and suitors) Cardia ventures out in the world to unravel the mysteries surrounding her very existence.
The Code: Realize games have been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.aksysgames.com/wintertide/. Follow Aksys Games on Twitter and Instagram at @AksysGames, and join our Let’s Play streams on Twitch at aksysgames and YouTube.
About Aksys GamesFounded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a visionary video game publisher committed to publishing unique and high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms. Its lineup of games includes the critically acclaimed Zero Escape series, Little Dragons Café, the award-winning Spirit Hunter: Death Mark and Spirit Hunter: NG adventures and Code: Realize titles, as well as the wildly successful BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, and Guilty Gear franchises. More information about Aksys Games and its unique products can be found on the company’s website, www.aksysgames.com.
Y’all more otome news!! Aksys Games confirmed that they are releasing not one, three new otome game localizations for the Nintendo Switch in 2021!! As if we needed another reason for 2021 to hurry up and get here…Olympia Soiree, Dairoku: Ayakashimori, and Variable Barricade are all making their way to the west next year!
Because I know you guys are just as excited as I am, here is a brief overview of the three upcoming releases:
Initial Release: April 16, 2020 (Japan) – Nintendo Switch
With her entire clan wiped out years ago, Olympia has been isolated for most of her life. Now she lives as the only person on Tenguu Island who can perform the ritual that restores light to a world shrouded in darkness. The heads of each Primary district—Red, Blue, and Yellow—lead a society governed by the island’s rigid class structure. As Olympia travels between the districts, she discovers their wonders and their weaknesses, as well as an entire underground community of shunned individuals whom she becomes determined to help. If she can find the person destined to be her soulmate, she will finally be able to open her heart and reveal her true name, continue her bloodline, and save the world before it is destroyed.
One of the last of her clan, Olympia seeks to perform a ritual to return light to a darkened world. Struggling within this society’s strict class system, she must find a partner to help her bring unity to the land.
Tentative English Language Release Date: Fall 2021
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