The PlayStation Vita may be flooded with visual novels these days, but that didn’t stop Idea Factory International’s samurai love story Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (review here) from setting our hearts aflutter when it released earlier this year. Well, it looks like the story has just begun. IFI today announced that the sequel, Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, will be making its way to the Vita in Spring 2018 in North America and Europe. The game will be available in both physical and digital formats, and feature support for the PlayStation TV.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will feature 12 bachelors to court, made up of Japanese history’s most famous warriors, branching stories with 30 different endings to unlock, and a vibrant art style to bring the drama to life.
Here’s a rundown of the game’s story courtesy IFI:
“Chizuru Yukimura travels from Edo to Kyoto in hopes of searching for her father who had mysteriously vanished. Along the way, she encountered the Shinsengumi, and spent the next four years working with them to locate her father. In 1868, the final year of the Bakumatsu Period, the Shinsengumi, with Chizuru at their side, took part in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi to decide the future of the Tokugawa Shogunate against the rising tide of Imperial Nationalism. Unfortunately, defeat for the Shinsengumi came swiftly at the hands of the Imperial Army, and they retreated back to Edo in shame.
It was a bittersweet homecoming for both Chizuru and the warriors of the Shinsengumi, as the city of Edo resembled very little of its former self, engulfed by the harrowing winds of change that were sweeping through the country. As the Shinsengumi’s survival came under threat, they were faced with a choice: discard their principles, or give up their lives. Some of them had no such choice, and they cloaked themselves in darkness to protect the Shinsengumi’s greatest secret: the Furies.
This is a story about a girl who allies with the warriors of the Shinsengumi, who are struggling to uphold their faith in an era of rapid social change in Japan, and the fate of those who sought to resist that change…”
So, will you be adding this feudal love-fest to your Vita library when it releases next year? Let us know in the comments section.