Touhou 16, 15.5 Games Get Steam Release in 2018
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) revealed on his "Nikenme kara Hajimaru Radio" livestream program on Monday that Team Shanghai Alice will release the Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons (Tōhō Tenkūshō) and Touhou: Antinomy of Common Flowers (Tōhō Hyōibana) games on Steam. According to ZUN, Touhou: Antinomy of Common Flowers is slated to release in early 2018, while Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons is slated to release "soon." In addition, ZUN stated that depending on sales of Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons, he will consider releasing previous installments of the series on Steam.
Touhou: Hidden Star in Four Seasons is the 16th and latest main installment in the Touhou Project series of "bullet hell" (danmaku) shooters. Team Shanghai Alice released the PC game at this year's Summer Comiket (Comic Market) event on August 11.
Touhou: Antinomy of Common Flowers is the third game in a series of Touhou fighting games developed by Twilight Frontier (Tasogare Frontier or "Tasofro") in collaboration with Team Shanghai Alice, and is officially counted as the "15.5th" game in the series.
Twilight Frontier's series began with Touhou: Hopeless Masquerade in 2013, followed by Touhou: Urban Legend in Limbo in 2015. The latter received a PlayStation 4 port last December. Twilight Frontier previously developed the Touhou: Immaterial and Missing Power, Touhou: Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, and Touhou Hisōtensoku fighting games, although the company used a different system than the current series.
Playism released Touhou: Double Dealing Character in May 2015 as the first official release of any game in the Touhou Project series in English-speaking territories.
Team Shanghai Alice released the first game in the series, Touhou: Highly Responsive to Prayers, in 1995 on the PC-98 platform. Since then, the series has spawned 15 other main games, multiple spin-offs, and many fan-made derivative works based on characters and stories from the series. Playism, NIS America, and XSEED Games have released some of the fan-made games based on the franchise.