The Hakuoki series is part of the otome (female market-targeted) visual novel subgenre, offering a harem of cuddly warriors for players to woo in a 19th-century Japanese setting. While Aksys released the Dynasty Warriors-like spinoff Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi for the PSP earlier this year, the upcoming Stories of the Shinsengumi sticks closer to the series' roots, featuring text-based gameplay that focuses entirely on dialogue choices and branching narrative.
Aksys recently announced that it will also bring the Nintendo 3DS series sequel Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi stateside. A release date for Stories of the Shinsengumi has not been announced.
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi will come to US!
October 22, 2013 Torrance, CA - Aksys Games is pleased to announce that the critically-acclaimed otome visual novel series Hakuoki is coming to the PlayStation®3 entertainment system with a new game-Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi! Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (released in Japan as Hakuoki Junsouroku), tells the tale of Chizuru, a young woman who finds herself fighting alongside the infamous Shinsengumi as competing factions war for control of Japan. In the midst of all this bloodshed and chaos, will Chizuru find love?
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi Key Features
More Than Just One Story - This choose-your-own-adventure-style game offers players a chance to choose one of six possible love interests. Playing through the main game unlocks the "Stories of the Shinsengumi": Several additional events that add roughly 20 hours of content.
A Modern-Day Tale - Playing through "Stories of the Shinsengumi" can also unlock more content, including a series of short stories written specifically for this game about the Hakuoki cast in a modern-day Japanese high school!
Media Gallery - Get up close and personal with your favorite scenes from main game and the "Stories of the Shinsengumi" added content!
Available DLC - Download Hakuoki's massive art gallery archives and view your favorite characters in a variety of outfits. If you're desperate for more adventures, there will be DLC side stories to scratch that itch as well!
Engage the Characters - Watch your favorite characters come to life as they converse with you with expressions!
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). For more information, please go to http://www.esrb.org.
About the Hakuoki Series
Released in February 2012, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom drew praise from critics and fans alike as an original and beautifully-written visual novel. EGMnow.com hailed its story as something "you'll want to experience until its end, filled with interesting characters, lovely artwork, and a great English translation." Aksys Games has expanded on this series here in the US with the action-adventure spin-off, Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi, and the visual novels, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi and Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi. Hakuoki's success has spawned an anime that is currently being published in the U.S. by Sentai Filmworks.
About Idea Factory
Located in Tokyo and founded in 1994, Idea Factory has developed and published many well-received RPGS and innovative visual novel games. Some of their more popular titles include, the Record of Agarest War series, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, Sweet Fuse and Sorcery Saga. Idea Factory is part of the Idea Factory Group, which comprises Idea Factory, Compile Heart, Design Factory and Idea Factory International.
To learn more about them, see the information on the Idea Factory web site: http://www.ideaf.co.jp.