Earlier this morning, Marvelous Entertainment co-hosted the “New Senran Kagura Projects Reveal Meeting” (rough translation) with Honey Parade Games, detailing information on upcoming content for already released or announced Senran Kagura projects, as well as details about new titles/projects in the franchise going forward. The companies announced a bunch of new projects, including some outside of video games (such as a second season for the TV anime series), though we’ll be keeping the article focused on the actual games (or new content for previous games) announced during the meeting.
First off; previously announced Nintendo Switch title Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura was detailed with its first gameplay footage, and the title seems to play out very differently compared to other titles in the series. Instead of playing as one of the ninja’s, tearing through enemies in action-packed stages – players spend 1-on-1 time with series main character Asuka, growing a bond with her and… let’s say interacting with her in some very interesting ways? Throughout the game’s story, players are tasked with playing a certain role for the various situations that Asuka finds herself in. She might be your little sister you shower some physical affection on, your private tutor, or the Idol that you’re the Producer of. Depending on how you interact with her, her mood will change to match. Below we’ve embedded some of the gameplay footage found on today’s stream (thanks, Perfectly Nintendo!)
The main gimmick of the title is the Switch’s “HD rumble”, which is used to bring across the feeling of actually touching and interacting with Asuka in her various situations. The game is planned for a Japanese 2017 release on the Nintendo eShop for the relatively low price of 1000 yen. There has yet to be any news or confirmation of a western release as of yet.
Moving on, the next title that was detailed was the upcoming mobile title – Senran Kagura: New Link. The title is an RPG coming to Japan later this year for iOS and Android. There’s not much to say here, as the game looks to be a fairly standard “gacha” style game, possibly similar to the previous Senran Kagura: New Wave. The title seems to employ some rather impressive 3D character models for a mobile title, so watching battles unfold on your phone should end up being engaging – that is, if the title ever manages to see a western release.
Perhaps the last “smaller scale” project detailed this morning was Peach Ball: Senran Kagura, a pinball title coming to Nintendo Switch. Little information was detailed besides the fact that title will have various themed tables, with different Senran Kagura characters posed and dressed up, and it will support HD rumble. It feels like it’s worth mentioning that the cast’s boobs will act as at least some of the bumpers for the various tables in the game.
The title announced after this was a remake of Senran Kagura Burst, for PlayStation 4. The title – renamed to Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal – will take on a combat system closer to Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus/Estival Versus, and will also include the addition of one of the characters originally introduced in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, Yumi, as a playable character. The main hope with this remake seems to be to introduce new players to the series on PlayStation 4, especially considering the next title that was announced. (We’ve embedded a video of the gameplay footage shown for SKB: Re:Newal during the stream, below. Thanks, Dualshockers!)
They concluded with a formal Senran Kagura 7EVEN announcement, a game which was apparently already teased at the very ending of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash‘s story mode (note: Peach Beach Splash is currently only available in Japan!), but this marks the first full slot of information about the title. The game is the next game chronologically in the main Senran Kagura storyline, and will be available for PS4 in Japan sometime next year. Not much else was shown, though the full trailer from which the teaser at the end of Peach Beach Splash was cut from was rolled.