So yeah, I am a little speechless. Marvelous have announced that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson will be available for 3DS this Summer. They have also revealed a pre-order website for those who want a physical copy of the game, including some special editions with added extras…
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is the western title for ‘SENRAN KAGURA 2: Shinku’ as released in Japan, August 2014. This new game continues directly from the events of Senran Kagura Burst – and closely follows the story and rivalries of the Hanzo & Hebijo Academies.
Pair Battles – For the first time ever, two shinobi warriors from opposing academies must fight together, and the dual character combo system allows for spectacular and devastating joint attacks.
Improved graphics and stellar audio -The graphical improvement from ‘Burst’ is dramatic, with full 3D environments, improved animations and a better framerate! This is combined with original Japanese voice-overs to create a gorgeous experience all-round.
Local & Nintendo WiFi Co-op mode – For the first time in the series, two players will be able to join forces and play the story or special missions together via ad hoc multiplayer or online.
Improved Dressing Room – The dressing room is stocked with hundreds of items, and this time up to two shinobi can be present in the dressing room at once! Also, for the very first time in the series you can pose the girls in a variety of positions, and even pose them in real life environments using the Nintendo 3DS’ built-in camera!
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is developed by Tamsoft together with Marvelous Inc. of Japan for the Nintendo 3DS system. In Europe the game will be published by Marvelous Europe in Summer 2015.
As a part of the launch, Marvelous Europe has today unveiled an exclusive pre-order website for those people who prefer to own their games physically. The publisher is offering various packages, including special limited edition skus which will be sold exclusively through Marvelous Europe’s dedicated site – Senran Kagura 2 official site. That’s right, these will not be available in shops.
Recent European console releases from Marvelous, including Rune Factory 4, have been digital only, while American gamers have been able to secure physical and limited edition versions.
“We know from listening to our fans on Facebook, Twitter and on our forums, that, while many like downloadable games, a lot of them prefer physical product.” noted Jonathan Nevill, Marvelous Europe’s Product Manager.
Digital delivery has allowed Marvelous Europe to bring some interesting and unique titles to the west; games that might not otherwise see a retail release. Franchises like Senran Kagura sell to a really dedicated hardcore audience, typically big fans of Japanese culture, many of whom value the collectability and tactility of physical games and limited editions.
“Some of the more esoteric titles from Japan don’t necessarily sell in the numbers needed to make a big splash at retail,” commented Steven Tarry, Marketing Manager, “But actually, the fans of these games are exactly those who’d love not just a physical release, but a collectable limited edition too. We love digital because we love the direct relationship it gives us with our customers, and we want to deepen that direct relationship with physical products too.”