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Yatagarasu leaves 3DS for Vita, now called 'Legend of Raven'

Jordan Mallory

Japanese indie fighter Yatagarasu was originally meant to find its way onto the 3DS, but will instead be released on the PlayStation Vita as Legend of Raven, publisher Nicalis has announced. Originally released on PC in 2011, a westernized 3DS port of Yatagarasu was announced just before last year's PAX Prime, though Nicalis has remained radio silent since. No release date has been given for the Vita version, which will be available through PSN.

The platform jump was made due to "incredibly overwhelming response from the fighting gaming community," Nicalis CEO/Executive Producer Victor Rodriguez said in the announcement. The Vita version of the game will feature parallaxing backgrounds and a new soundtrack, in addition to "lagless" ad-hoc local multiplayer.

Legend of Raven should not be confused with Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm, the PC-only, enhanced version of Yatagarasu that was just successfully funded through Indiegogo.

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For Immediate Release

An enhanced, portable version of the high-speed 2D fighting game,
created by ex-King of Fighters developers

Santa Ana, Calif., (August 21, 2013) - Nicalis, Inc., developer and publisher of independently awesome video games announces 2D fighting game, Legend of Raven, for release on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment via the PlayStation@Network.

"We are extremely excited to launch Legend of Raven on the PS Vita," said Victor Rodriguez, CEO and Executive Producer, Nicalis, " Originally announced for the Nintendo 3DS, we've since moved development over to PSN due to the incredibly overwhelming response from the fighting gaming community. With Legend of Raven on PS Vita we can take advantage of the beautiful Vita OLED screen and spend time developing new features like parallaxing backgrounds and an original new soundtrack."

Legend of Raven Features

■ Featuring Eight exquisitely, hand-animated characters by King of Fighters artist, Kotani Tomoyuki
Every character features their own unique set of special attacks and super moves

■ Enhanced from the original
Featuring a new soundtrack, parallaxing backgrounds, ad-hoc versus play and more!

■ Innovative parry and damage mitigation systems allows for a multitude of defensive options
Execute well-timed counter attacks to turn the tide of battle.

■ Flawless Local Play!
Battle nearby friends with lag-free ad hoc Versus mode!

The year was December 25th, 1926. Japan was on the verge of welcoming a new era...the era of "Koubun".

Instead a revolution broke out, led by those who hoped to revive the Land of the Gods, Japan, and return her to its former glory. The Prime Minister's cabinet, the police department, the Zaibatsu families, the mass media...the flow of information to the outside world was immediately suppressed.

Out of options, the old government resorted to creating a group of elite assassins, called the "Yatagarasu" in order to maintain order and suppress the rebellion.

These government agents have become known as the "Government's Dogs" by the general populace. Now, they are on the move towards "Iga-sei", which is said to still function as the government's intelligence hub.

Legend of Raven continues Nicalis' partnerships with ultra-talented and super-awesome independent developers. Previously Nicalis has teamed up with 8bits Fanatics (1001 Spikes), Edmund McMillen (The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth), Studio Pixel (Cave Story, Ikachan), Nicklas Nygren (NightSky), and Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV).

More information can be found on the official website at


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