In a move that's as surprising as it is commendable, Aksys Games announced the localization of Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi, for the PSP. That's right folks, more English language Hakuoki is coming your way for that system that had supposedly died out west ages ago.
Warriors of the Shinsengumi is a little bit different from the original Dawn of the Fleeting Blossom, in that it's actually a Dynasty Warriors type of action game. You can choose from six different members of the Shinsengumi and play out an original storyline made specifically for the game, or even run through the events of DotFB. Of course, none of that is really important. What matters here is that you'll be playing as a bunch of sexy men. Hell, what more could you possibly ask for?
The game features some light visual novel elements, but for the most part this is an action game heavy on the fanservice. Quite frankly, I'm blown away by the fact that Aksys actually went ahead and decided to localize another title in this franchise. I'm hoping this means that the original Hakuoki was successful enough that they see a potential niche market for this kind of thing out in the west.
I've included the press release below for those who want the details straight from Aksys. Fingers crossed that this leads to more otome games getting localized down the road.
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.