Aksys Nation
posted by russell @ 10:12 am on October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012 – Aksys Games proudly announces that the men of the hit series Hakuoki are back and ready for some action!  Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi will be available for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, offering fans cut-‘em-down action, yet staying true to its Hakuoki roots with a powerful story of adventure.  Play as Saito, Hijikata or the four other main characters from the Hakuoki series in an alternate storyline and change the fate of the Shinsengumi, or relive the events of Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, the hit 2012 visual novel!  Unlock two characters for use in free play, and use special attacks and deadly strikes to plow through hordes of enemies in this action-packed follow-up to the 2012 hit!  For more information, go to the official Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi website now!

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi Key Features

Two Major Storylines – Play through events of Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom with each of the six playable characters, or change history in “Shinsengumi Chronicle”!

Shinsengumi Chronicle – Change history as any one of the six main characters in “Shinsengumi Chronicle” mode.  Play in an alternate universe where you control the fate of the Shinsengumi!

Shinsengumi Memorial – Step into the shoes of your favorite samurai and play through battles from Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom.  Join in on the action as you battle your way through Kyoto in “Shinsengumi Memorial” mode.

Fury Mode – When a character’s life is spent, he will enter Fury Mode, unleashing an inner ferocious killing machine, able to tear down anyone that gets in his way.  However, becoming a Fury too many times can unlock a particularly bad ending.

Slash & Slaughter with Furious Attacks – Each character is equipped with several different attacks, allowing players to plow through numerous enemies at once.  Keep tabs on how many foes you’ve taken down, pick up dropped items, and level up to achieve even greater strength.

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi has not been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.  For more information, visit www.hakuoki.com.

  1.  Loren
    10.30.12 at 11:47 am

    Why would you guys do this? How could you pick the worst game in the series with bad controls, shallow gameplay, and basically no story? :( I want Hakuouki to succed in the US and this is not the way to do it… I’m going to buy this anyway but I’ve played the Japanese version and it’s bad. I’m so terrified this game is going to bomb. I understand why you guys wouldn’t release Zuisouroku, but why not go for Reimeiroku if you were going to do a Hakuouki sequel? It would be perfect! It has cross-demographic appeal and the anime series just finished simulcasting too…

  2.  Pandora
    10.30.12 at 12:03 pm

    Hahaha. Thanks anyway, guys.

  3.  MagicalSakura
    10.30.12 at 12:05 pm

    Right now I don’t feel comfortable buying this game, I have no interest in Hack and slash fighting games to begin with but I would buy it if it were to help cover costs in localizing more otome games. But right now I feel like it’s a bait and switch. You got me with the first Hakuouki game, but now you’re switching to this. It makes me loose confidence that you actually care about targeting the Otome fanbase.

    I can understand if you were doing it for the money, since a game like this would likely have more appeal to all audience and make money. But if you don’t say it I have no reason to trust that if I bought this it would help you be able to localize more otome games / visual novels.

  4.  jetspectacular
    10.30.12 at 12:41 pm

    As a new fan of all things Hakuouki and an old time fan of Dynasty Warriors/Musou games, I am very VERY excited to see this. I don’t know what the misconceptions are, but fangirls in the west DO enjoy these type of games. Though I have no experience with the original JP version or criticisms of the gameplay, it’s usually a very simple formula and hard mess up. There is really nothing more fun than playing the battles/campaigns, the alternate routes sound interesting, so I’m very VERY excited about this news! I also think this title is a good branching out to a more broader base, there are tons of Shinsengumi fanboys out here in the west who just have never really had a Shinsengumi type of game, bishounen or not. While this game will probably be compared a lot to Samurai Warriors/Sengoku Musou games (you probably considered this possibility) it will still have a different appeal with the tie-in visual novel, the anime that was released, etc. It will also be something different from Capcom’s Basara forumla so there is that.

    In all honestly, Aksys doesn’t have some implicated responsibility to the Otome community as it exists right now– loyal spin off of the established niche in Japan for years. You guys have the challenge of localizing and innovating/marketing titles that can set a foundation for the western Visual Novel AND/OR Otome games, a real challenge for sure with a video game market so saturated with first person shooters and the like. A western Otome market and VN Market does not have to be the same thing as the Japanese one, and that’s the prospective of innovating a new market altogether.

    I think new fanboys who come over for the Shinsengumi Hack n Slash will at least check out the anime, they may not check out the first game but that is their loss, they will at least know that girls dig vampire Samurai.

    Aksys has a huge lineup for fanboys, I think this is a good step in the right direction for a broader appeal to female fans, otome diehards or not.

    I cannot wait!

  5.  Rogue Ninja
    10.30.12 at 1:09 pm

    This should be fun! I like musou-type games!

  6.  wobbutalia
    10.30.12 at 3:02 pm

    Okay no I signed up for an account just to comment on this because I felt like this needed to be said. This is an absolutely TERRIBLE choice of game to localize. Yes you may have wanted to target a wider fanbase besides the otome fanbase, but you could have chosen Hakuouki Reimeiroku instead. That would have been a WAY SMARTER CHOICE. The anime for the game just ended, the game barely has any romance in it- I mean seriously the only romance is between side characters (bonus for guys uncomfortable with playing heavily romantic otome games); the game instead provides deep backstory about the origins and characters involved in the Shinsengumi.
    There is a wonderful plot that can greatly appeal to both guys and girls. The girls get to see a good, detailed plot that appeals emotionally, INSANE character development, still pretty males- The appeal to guys can come from the same thing, the plot and character development is wonderful and it is very much about brotherhood and personal goals and determination, the usual things that appeal to guys.

    Not to mention the art is 2343289478329 times better than Studio Deen art. Just no. NO.

    Musouroku not only suffers from really awkward and terrible controls (a general consensus of the fandom that’s /actually played the game/, trust us, we would know better than anyone else)
    Plot holes everywhere and just a fundamental lack of plot continuuity

    I mean I really understand what you’re trying to do just wow no this is not the game to go about it- not unless you plan on redoing everything. If so, get back to us we’ll be all over the game in an instant.

    - Rep from Hakuouki tumblr fandom, aka the people who bought the first game en masse
    I see two other people from tumblr on here too just to prove my point.

  7.  Birdgirl789
    10.30.12 at 3:30 pm

    I’m so happy you decided to bring over another Hakuouki game! I sadly agree with the above comment, though. Hopefully Musouroku will do well enough here for you guys to localize Reimeiroku!

  8.  DriftingClouds
    10.30.12 at 4:49 pm

    Although I haven’t played this game or seen the gameplay (but I’ve seen screenshots before it was released) and others may say that it’s not the best, I’m all for it! I’m fangirl at heart and as much as I enjoy the otome part of Hakuouki, I would also like some sword-fighting action! As much as I support the other games to be translated and released in America, this game wasn’t a bad idea. They’ll be targeting the girls as well as the GUYS.

    I’m not going to play this game for the romance part of it, oh no, but I’m playing it because I LOVE all the Shisengumi characters (as well as Kazama) and I would love to see everything not from Chizuru’s POV, but from theirs. I want to see what they’ve been through and the final moments of their deaths. I’m sure I will shed tears, just like how I watched the anime and saw everyone’s last moments.

    I don’t know what to expect, but I’m sure that it won’t let me down. If it’s Hakuouki, then I’m all for it.

  9.  Savvy
    10.31.12 at 9:27 am

    I loved Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, so I will buy anything and everything Hakuoki related forever and ever.

  10.  Maverynthia
    10.31.12 at 9:51 am

    Hakuoki AGAIN… no thanks. I’m taking a pass at this one. I wanted a different otome game like Uta Pri or even Hiiro no Kakera (if it has to be otomate). From what I here this isn’t even really an otome game. So yeah, thanks for saying basically you’ll only localize stuff as long as it cater to “teh menz” too.

    So yeah, count me out.

  11.  Belly
    10.31.12 at 11:23 am

    I already playd half of the game in japanese, and now I’ll finally be able to understand what they talk about in their new routes! Yay! =D
    I’m kind of disappointed that we won’t get another otome game because A CERTAIN COMPANY (yes you) made me totally addicted to these kinf of games xD
    But on the other side I think it was kind of clear that they were going to widen the Hakuouki universe a bit more and try to target both of the genders, so I’m just happy and think of this as a start for something maybe greater ^^

    Although I have to say having played both Musouroku and Reimeiroku I would have preferred Reimeiroku way over this one because it’s just WOW. Maybe next time? I really hope so, because it shows so much information for all of these great characters and ha… I can just hope for it =/

  12.  BlackAngel
    10.31.12 at 11:54 am

    OMG SERIOUSLY?!?! u guys r bringing another hakuoki game to the US?!?! This can’t possibly get any better~ Thanks Aksys so much!!!! One of our few hopes for Japanese games like these to get serialized in the US! Can’t wait to see what’s coming next. Maybe the upcoming hakuoki game that’s on 3DS?

  13.  Aura
    10.31.12 at 5:03 pm

    I have mixed feelings. While I am excited to see more Hakuouki games getting translations I don’t think this was the best choice. The game I have in Japanese and while it’s not horrible it gets pretty repetitive. Particularly when people attack since they only have one line they say. As much as I enjoy listening to Kazama telling people to ‘die’ I can only play it in short stints.

    I assume they picked this game because out of all the games it’s the one with the least text (and likely the easiest) to translate. If they want to target large fans of the first game, I’d say they should pick up Yuugiroku. Of all the Hakuouki games I’ve played it was one I enjoyed the most after the first one.

    Reimeiroku wasn’t bad but I could see it being a lot more work/investment for a game that’s not all that otome to me. There’s not really romance except in one of the 6 endings. It would be interesting but I actually prefer the fighting game to it. So I think it’s not a bad choice, just wasn’t the best choice. I’ll certainly pick it up to help support, though I didn’t expect it to get a port or I wouldn’t have gotten the game in Japanese. Whoops…

    I’d like to see Aksys pick up more otome series though so I will do everything I can to support that in the meanwhile.

  14.  Kaitou-al
    11.02.12 at 5:53 pm

    My body is ready for more Hajime Saitou. XDDDDD

    Maybe Toki no Kizuna next time? I was kind of looking forward to Reimeiroku as well, but I wouldn’t mind buying this game.

  15.  Sam15
    11.03.12 at 6:12 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for deciding to bring the game to the states. I know there are many people that are a little disappointed that your not releasing another otome game(I was kinda hoping you will but this game will due since the premise seems pretty cool). I was wondering if you guys plan on releasing otome games in the future; i feel like it would be nice for other US otome gamers to give input or provide a game request section in the forums to see what kind of otome games people want to see translated(a feature I like from NIS America). I’m glad with your current choice for this game but wanted to point out to have otome gamers have a chance to say what otome games they are willing to pay for your next project.Possible projects I would like to see “Amensia” please TRANSLATE it omg the art is awesome and most of their merchandising they sell in Japan sell out like crazy(But you know, its your decision in the end). Otherwise, keep up the good work :)

  16.  CheshireCat
    11.03.12 at 7:04 pm

    I’ll pass. I played the japanese version and that game is just your mother is a classy lady. The controls are a pain. Even the art is ugly. Reimeiroku would have been a much better choice and trust me I’m not very fond of that game either. (The hero is just as weak and useless as Chizuru. x_x)

    I still hope that someday a company will discover QuinRose and translate their psp games. I’m certain that the Alice-Series would be a hit. Everyone knows at least ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and so I bet a lot of people would check it out. Plus ‘American McGee’s Alice’ is popular too. Heart No Kuni No Alice is not quite so dark, but there is still lots of bloodshed and many weapons. xD
    (I mean the Mad Hatter is a mafia boss, that says it all. xD)

  17.  Lunar Princess
    11.04.12 at 9:15 am

    Thank you so much for the great news! I’m excited. I know some are upset about this game, but as long as it’s a Hakuouki game I don’t care, I’m buying! This just goes to show you that it’s gaining popularity here in the States and that’s a good thing.

    Aksy, I look forward to more in the future!

  18.  animelly
    11.05.12 at 2:50 am

    As long as there are more Hakuoki games coming out in English, knowing that it’s gaining popularity, I’m happy! But at the same time, I wish Aksys would release more other otome games. I wanna see Hiiro no Kakera, Uta Pri, Clock Zero, Amnesia, and a bunch of other otome games in english!

  19.  Sackgirl101
    11.05.12 at 11:51 am

    Hmmm. It’s nice to see another Hakuoki game out in english, as i absolutely love the series, but speak no japanese, but, um, could you please make sure to release Hakuouki: Zuisouroku sometime soon? I really need it to complement Demon of the fleeting blossom :L and of course release the other games too, like Yuugiroku and Reimeiroku… :3 Hakuoki visual novels are the best, so could you get them all released first please? :3
    oh and release more otome games from other names!! XD
    …But mostly Hakuouki: Zuisouroku XDXDXD
    Thanks, you’re so awesome for releasing Hakuoki!! :D

  20.  DarkAwake
    11.07.12 at 8:37 am

    woah, woah… ‘will be available for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system’ no mention that it’ll be a PSN download exclusive… are, a-are you releasing it physically as well?!! if so, super auto-buy!! Must support physical release localized PSP games till the system’s last breathe…
    *waits impatiently for Ragnarok: Tactics*

  21.  mippa
    11.13.12 at 10:45 am

    To echo the majority of sentiments – I’m disappointed. I am on the market for *otome games*, not action or RPGs…especially one that’s not all that great.

    I’ll purchase it because I want to support the franchise, but I certainly hope this isn’t the end of Aksys’s distribution of otome games. I would love to see Hiiro no Kakera!

  22.  hype night
    11.24.12 at 5:11 pm

    While I agree that I want to see more otome games, I also want to see much more Hakuoki! So I’m super hyped for this!! Thank you SO much (again!) Aksys!! <333 I hope this isn't the last we see of otome games, but I also hope this isn't the last we see of Hakuoki!

  23.  blacktaro
    1.31.13 at 9:17 pm

    I have been a fan of hakuouki for almost 3 years, and I was really happy when you localized the first game, however after I found out that the next game was a fighting game, I wasn’t really pleased. I hope you will localize Yuugiroku and Reimeiroku next!

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