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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Heads West for Switch

posted on by Alex Mateo
Trailer streamed for game launching on May 24, 2022

KOEI Tecmo America announced on Friday that it will release Touken Ranbu Musou, a collaboration between the Touken Ranbu -Online- and the Musou/Warriors game franchise, as Touken Ranbu Warriors for Nintendo Switch in North America on May 24, 2022. The Japanese Nintendo Direct livestream revealed that the game will launch in Japan on February 17, 2022.

Announcement Trailer

Official Presentation Video

DMM Games will show more of the game at this year's Tokyo Game Show on October 2, starting at 11:00 p.m. JST.

KOEI Tecmo describes the game:

In Touken Ranbu Warriors, members of Touken Danshi have been drifting through time without their master – the Saniwa – to lead them, when they are suddenly attacked by the fearsome History Retrograde Army (HRA). After the initial conflict, the Touken Danshi are approached by the Government of the Time, and sent on a mission into the war-torn Sengoku Era where the revision of Japanese history is already underway. Can the Touken Danshi heroes restore order while restoring the original timeline? The fierce but beautiful battles of the Touken Danshi are finally a reality!

This will be the first Touken Ranbu game for a game console system, and it will recreate the Touken Ranbu world in 3D. The game will feature 15 characters from Touken Ranbu -Online-

The game is also getting a PC release in Japan.

The developer ω-Force, which has worked on several KOEI Tecmo Games' action titles, and the Ruby Party brand are collaborating on the new game's production.

Johren released the original Touken Ranbu browser game in English on April 27, and will release the smartphone version of the game as well. Johren describes the game:

Revisionists seeking to change history have begun to attack the past. To prevent such threats, the Chronos Ministry has sent Saniwa to each age. Saniwa, with the power to arouse an objects' hearts and emotions, could bestow powers to fight and wield themselves. Thus, created as the Tsukumogami, Saniwa flies in the past with Touken Danshi to maintain the true history. The players become the Saniwa, and will materialize the Touken Danshi, the famous swords taken the forms of honorable warriors. Gather eight types of Touken -- Tanto, Wakizashi, Uchigatana, Tachi, Otachi, Naginata, Yari and Tsurugi. Create your own unique battalion and prevent the history revisionists from changing the past. Touken Ranbu Online is a collect-and-raise simulation game featuring Touken Danshi, the historical swords. Don't miss the conversations between Touken Danshi, too! Head into battle with Touken Danshi at your side!

The "sword personification training game" takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan in January 2015. The franchise has inspired the Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime series and an upcoming anime film, the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru spinoff's two anime series and upcoming anime film trilogy, and a compilation anime film. A live-action film opened in Japan in January 2019, and a sequel film will open this year. The franchise has also inspired a series of stage musicals and a series of stage plays, as well as various manga.

Sources: Press release, Nintendo Direct via Hachima Kikо̄

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