Presented as a choose-your-own-adventure styled visual novel, Stories of the Shinsengumi is the first PlayStation 3 entry in the series to arrive stateside. Aksys kicked off the series with Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom and its spin-off action game Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi for Sony's PSP, later following up with last year's Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for the Nintendo 3DS.
Aksys additionally revealed the contents of its upcoming Limited Edition retail release for Stories of the Shinsengumi. In addition to a copy of the game, the Limited Edition includes an "Omamori" love charm, a Japanese-style comb and a hairpin, allowing players to look their best as they woo the samurai of their dreams.
March 20, 2014 Torrance, CA - Aksys Games is pleased to announce that Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (released in Japan as Hakuoki Junsouroku) will be shipping on May 6, 2014 for the PlayStation®3 entertainment system. Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi tells the tale of Chizuru, a young woman who finds herself fighting alongside the infamous Shinsengumi as competing factions war for control of Japan. In the midst of all this bloodshed and chaos, will Chizuru find love?
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi is currently available at Amazon and GameStop for pre-order! Be sure to pick up your copy today!
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi Key Features
More Than Just One Story - This choose-your-own-path 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 Beautiful Limited Edition – The Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi Limited Edition set comes with accessories inspired by the Hakuoki series and Japan's rich cultural history.
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi has been rated Mature (M) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). For more information, please go to http://www.esrb.org.
About the Hakuoki Series
Released in February 2012, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom drew praise from critics and fans alike as an original and beautifully-written visual novel. EGMnow.com hailed its story as something "you'll want to experience until its end, filled with interesting characters, lovely artwork, and a great English translation." Aksys Games has expanded on this series here in the US with the action-adventure spin-off, Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi, and the visual novels, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi and Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi. Hakuoki 's success has spawned an anime that is currently being published in the U.S. by Sentai Filmworks.
About Idea Factory
Located in Tokyo and founded in 1994, Idea Factory has developed and published many well-received RPGS and innovative visual novel games. Some of their more popular titles include, the Record of Agarest War series, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, Sweet Fuse and Sorcery Saga. Idea Factory is part of the Idea Factory Group, which comprises Idea Factory, Compile Heart, Design Factory and Idea Factory International.
To learn more about them, see the information on the Idea Factory web site: http://www.ideaf.co.jp.
About Aksys Games
Founded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a localization studio and visionary video game publisher specializing in the Japanese-to-English translation of games and committed to publishing unique, multicultural, high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms with its talented staff. Its lineup of games includes the Record of Agarest War series, Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (Winning "Best Story/Writing" Awards from IGN and Nintendo Power), Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and the acclaimed BlazBlue fighting game series. More information about Aksys Games and its products can be found on the company's website, www.aksysgames.com.