Aksys announced today that they would be bringing another of the popular Japanese Hakuoki visual novel/otome titles to the United States today. Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi, a single player title for the 3DS, will be brought overseas soon -- though no official release date was announced as of yet.
For those unfamiliar, otome games (or "maiden games") are target to the ladies -- an unfamiliar sight in the United States, right? The aim is typically for the protagonist to develop a romantic relationship with one of several male characters. Here, Aksys released a statement on the premise of Memories of the Shinsengumi that should clear things up:
"At a time when shogunate and imperial forces clashed for supremacy over Japan, Chizuru travels to Kyoto in search of her missing father. She runs into the Shinsengumi, a band of samurai warriors sworn to protect the shogun. Chizuru soon learns that they, too, are looking for her father. What awaits them is more than just your typical missing person’s case, as they face off against imperial soldiers and the supernatural! But in the midst of all this madness, will sweet and innocent Chizuru find love?"
In addition to the visual novel side of the game, Memories of the Shinsengumi will also include a photo booth features, which will allow players to take pictures with their favorite Shinsengumi. How cute! Inspired by Japanese photo booths, or "purikura," these photos can be placed over an assortment of backgrounds or themes.
After Dragon's Crown this morning, it's refreshing to see and introduce a bit of variety into the game environement. Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi may not be my style, but maybe it's Lydia's or any number of the eclectic community we have at Neoseeker. Look forward to more information on Aksys' latest visual novel localization soon.