In quite possibly video game's weirdest collaboration, Tokyo Jungle developer Crispy's is teaming up on a new game with Grasshopper Manufacture's resident oddball, Goichi "Suda51" Suda.
The game is called Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a playable interactive chapter part of Short Peace – an upcoming anime short-film compilation from Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. Titular heroine Ranko Tsukigime attends school by day, but at night goes on assassination missions. Thankfully we graduated before murder became a mandatory part of the curriculum.
Crispy's will handle development duties on Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day while Suda51 will assume the role of director. Namco Bandai has announced it will publish Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day on PS3 this spring.
Experience the Fifth and Final Part of the Highly Acclaimed Japanese Animation SHORT PEACE Project
SAN JOSE, Calif., (January 30, 2014) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that SHORT PEACE and Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day will be coming to the Americas in spring 2014 exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. SHORT PEACE is the highly acclaimed anime movie compilation featuring works by legendary anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo and features POSSESSIONS, which was recently nominated for an Academy Award® for best Animated Short Film, along with three other short films titled COMBUSTIBLE, GAMBO, and A Farewell to Weapons. The fifth and final part of the SHORT PEACE project, Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, is a 2D side-scrolling action game directed by Goichi Suda (Suda51) of Grasshopper Manufacture and developed by Crispy's Inc. who also developed the well praised action game Tokyo Jungle™. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day introduces a whole new storyline featuring stunning animation, thrilling gameplay, and psychedelic visuals that will draw players into Ranko Tsukigime's story.
By day, Ranko Tsukigime is an average high school girl who lives alone, but at night she is a deadly hitman who deftly assassinates her targets. One fateful night as Ranko heads out to eliminate her next target, a demonic enemy organization creeps up and threatens the lives of Ranko and her friends. Players will put their reflexes and quick judgment to the test in the fast-paced platforming gameplay that will have them blazing through dangerous, obstacle-ridden environments to flee from an ominous enemy looming close behind.
With Suda51 and Crispy's Inc. at the development helm, fans can look forward to a fantastical conclusion to the SHORT PEACE collection on par with Katsuhiro Otomo's previous animation masterpieces. Katsuhiro Otomo is widely celebrated as an animation visionary who is most known for his popular cult film Akira, along with hit Japanese anime movies such as Steamboy and Memories. The SHORT PEACE movie and game project boasts unique visual artistry and masterful storylines that have touched audiences around the world.
"POSSESSIONS is a piece in which I realized that I was completely satisfied with myself since the staff and I honestly poured our souls into the project," said Shuhei Morita, Director of POSSESSIONS. "We are so glad that POSSESSIONS has drawn enough international attention to earn an Oscar® nomination and we are looking forward to the final awards ceremony."
SHORT PEACE and Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day are scheduled to launch in the Americas in spring 2014 for the PlayStation®3 system. For more information on NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. game titles and products, please visit http://namcobandaigames.com/home.