As leaks from earlier this week alluded, this week’s Famitsu features a several-page feature on Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, the newly announced PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sequel to Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. We got our hands on a copy of the magazine and have new details on the game’s prologue, as well as profiles for the four newly announced characters. Get all the information below.
For starters, the prologue of the game, as dispensed by the magazine, takes the form of a quasi-poetic overture. As it was originally formatted in an aesthetically specific way, we’ve attempted to reproduce that aspect to the best of our ability here:
A shinobi’s lot in life is death.
They’re born, they live, and they die in the shadows.
Life for a shinobi is transient.
They see no rewards for their deeds, nor fame and renown.
They’re precious flowers doomed to obscurity.
What could the souls of the shinobi still drifting about this earth be thinking?
Do they regret seeing their dreams go unfulfilled?
Do they still feel attachments to their loved ones?
Or something else entirely?
This tale takes place during a midsummer festival where the souls of departed shinobi are put to rest, at the end of a feast to commemorate them.
When the end of the feast is upon the young Shinobi students, what do they see?
How do they feel?
And what brings
them to tears?
“S, sister? Is that you?”
“Ehehe, long time, no see.”
Such was the start of a miraculous eight days, a time nobody will ever forget.
As mentioned in our previous coverage, the new team revealed for the game consists of three sisters, plus an elderly woman. Find details below.
- Sayuri, the elderly woman (the one on the left on the first page above this paragraph), carries a large tobacco pipe that resembles a cane and wears an arm band says “Lifelong Service.” She’s believed to be the leader of the group.
- Renka (the girl to the right of Sayuri) is the oldest of the three sisters. She wears a Chinadress-esque outfit and wields a pair of sticks known as “Raitei” as her weapon of choice.
- Hanabi (the girl on the far right on the second page) is the middle child. She’s apparently so fond of festivals that she’s practically always sporting the seasonal Japanese happi and headband. As for her weapon, she uses a gigantic hammer.
- Kafuru (the girl to the left of Hanabi on the second page) is the youngest of the three sisters, she fights with a watergun and is often the butt of Hanabi’s jokes about her developing chest.
The magazine also briefly mentions that, in addition to clothes getting ripped up and damaged, they can also now get wet, with soaked portions naturally becoming see-through. The development team is looking to implement special cut-in graphics when that happens, much like when the girls’ clothing is conventionally torn up.
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is due out in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on March 26, 2015. A limited edition will include a drama CD and theme song solo and arrange CD, as well as five Niitengo (Gessen Girls Private School for PS4, Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy for PS Vita). The PlayStation 4 version will also include a download code for a 30-minute original anime.