Hakuoki: Junsouroku coming to North America
posted on 10.22.13 at 04:45 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Will Chizuru find love in the midst of war?

Aksys Games is bringing Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi, released in Japan as Hakuoki: Junsouroku, to PlayStation 3 in North America.

The Idea Factory-developed adventure game tells the tale of Chizuru, a young woman who finds herself fighting alongside the infamous Shinsengumi as competing factions war for control of Japan. But in the midst of all this chaos, will Chizuru find love?

Here’s a list of key features, courtesy of Aksys Games:

  • 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!

A release date was not announced. View the first English screenshots at the gallery.

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  • new_tradition

    Kyaaaaaa!!! ♥

    *clears throat*

    Neat-o. I only grabbed the PSP version, and I was thinking about getting the 3DS version, but now I kind of wanna just get this, lol.

    I wonder if it’ll get a retail release…

    • SerendipityX

      My internet is crap, pray that we get a retail release. I mean if the psp got retail, why wouldn’t PS3? *crosses fingers*

  • Jesse

    I think we’ll always be getting the new Hakuoki games at this point. XD

  • DarthBrian

    More otome games for North America. woot! :p

  • klkAlexar

    I’ll wait for the vita version of this version.

  • Kevadu

    I’m confused by all the versions of this game. Is this just a port of the PSP game oris it something new?

    • bloodiOS

      Not sure if it helps but I found this on Giant Bomb:

      It combines the contents of the original Hakuoki game with Hakuoki Zuisouroku side story, as well as adding animation effects (mouth movements, etc.) to the illustrations and access to downloadable bonus content.

    • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

      Original game (essentially, PSP game) + fandisc + bonus stuff

  • bloodiOS

    I see that there are only 720p screenshots. Is the game’s native resolution 720p or 1080p? It would be pretty pathetic for what basically is a visual novel to only run at 720p.

    • GhostNomad

      Least they could do is make it pretty as hell, so here’s hoping that’s the case.

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Really Aksys? How much more are you gona milk Hakuoki anyway? If you really want to bring Otome games to the West can’t you increase the VARIETY of the games instead of publishing the same game over and over and over and over and over again?

    Really? Its not like its a remake or something. Its the same game on the PSP Vita 3DS and now the PS3.

    What a moneyprintingscriptofatranslation you guys got there.

    • Estellise

      Actually, to make things clear, its not the same as the PSP or the 3DS version. This version is originally called Hakuoki: Junsouroku in Japanese. The 3DS version is, yes, a direct port from the PSP version with some slight extras. But this one includes the orginal Hakuoki and the fandisc, Hakuoki Zuisouroku. It’s basically 2 games in one. Not to mention this is a PS3 port so the graphics/CGs are much better quality and it’d look much nicer on a television rather than on your PSP or 3DS, no?

      I don’t think its bad that Aksys chose to localize this. To be honest, its a great choice in terms of Hakuoki games. I admit I hope they choose to localize something else other than Hakuoki; but keep in mind that the otome fanbase in the west is still growing and its not like we’re going to get just any kind of otome right off the bat. Hakuoki is a very popular franchise in Japan, its not bad that they’re trying to give it some more light.

      • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

        What is this fandisc you speak of – is it a standalone game? If it contains a second game that Western audiences have never played before than fantastic – absolutely worth for those who wish to try it out.

        Graphics/CG in better quality is a definite plus. As long as enough people buy each iteration of essentially the same game then what right do I have to say anything else but to express my dismay – that I and perhaps many others are looking for new Otome games to be brought over instead of playing and paying the same game with the same price tag on different systems.

      • Budgiecat

        This is going to be a physical release?
        I thought Sony (SCEA) had some type of rule against releasing heavily voiced Japanese games without dubbing and also had a rule against PS3 visual novels being released (since they don’t consider them as ‘games’ as they have zero gameplay),

        If so what the hell…where’s my Super Robot Wars Original Generations 2nd and Steins;Gate and Dunamis15??

        Hell even Megazone 23 Aoi Garland…(cause that at least had gameplay in it)

  • RSene

    So, just to make sure. this is like “text game”, right?

    • Budgiecat

      yeah. A lot of reading. A lot of static 2D images with moving mouths. Very little action. Not so much ‘girly romance’ as most Otome games, which means a guy can actually play it without feeling like a Twilight fangirl and a history lesson encyclopedia on that era of Japan…

  • Hidayat246

    another visual novel come to english

  • artemisthemp

    Vita is better system for Visual Novel compare to PS3 but, 1 more Visual Novel release in the West is good

  • PrinceHeir

    looks like i have to try this!!!