Aksys Games to Release Hakuōki: Memories of the Shinsengumi 3DS Game in N. America

posted on 2013-04-23 15:06 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
3DS port of original Hakuōki game features AR photo function

North American video game publisher Aksys Games announced on Tuesday it will release the Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi visual novel game for the Nintendo 3DS console. The game is a port of Idea Factory's Hakuoki Shinsengumi Kitan video game that Aksys Games published in North America as Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom in February 2012 for the PlayStation Portable console. Aksys Games has not yet revealed a release date or price for the upcoming game.

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi takes place in Japan in the 19th century and follows a girl named Chizuru after she travels to Kyoto to search for her missing father. Chizuru runs into the famous Shinsengumi samurai group and accidentally stumbles upon their supernatural secret.

Aksys Games notes that in the 3DS game players can learn what happens between major events in the original Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom game through side stories. The game will include a photo and movie gallery, and will use the 3DS' augmented reality function to let players take photos of themselves or others "posing" with the game's characters with a variety of themes and backgrounds to look like sticker booth photos.

Otomate originally released the 3DS port in Japan in November 2011.

Aksys Games also released the Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi action adventure game for the PSP in North America in February.

The game franchise from Idea Factory has spawned numerous anime adaptations. The Hakuōki anime franchise includes the 12-episode Hakuōki series, the 10-episode sequel series Hakuōki Hekketsu-roku, the 12-episode Hakuōki Reimeiroku prequel series, and the 6-episode Hakuōki Sekkaroku OAV series. The franchise also includes two upcoming films, the first of which will premiere in Japan on August 24 under the name Hakuōki: Daichishō Kyoto Ranbu (Hakuōki: Chapter 1 Kyoto Dance). Sentai Filmworks has released the three television anime series and the OAV series in North America.

Image © 2013 Idea Factory / Design Factory.

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