During today’s New Game Plus Expo event, publisher Idea Factory International announced that the otome visual novel Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei will be receiving a localized Western release for Nintendo Switch on June 28, 2022, for North America and July 1, 2022, for Europe.
This title takes place 15 years following the conclusion of the Heiji Rebellion, where the Heike clan has prevailed, and the Genji clan suffers from defeat. However, the heir to the Genji name, Shanao, is hiding within the mountains of Kurama, and she is disguising her gender to avoid inevitable conflict. Eventually, she decides to take down the Heike stronghold to bring peace to the country. Along the way, she makes new allies and discovers a secret between the two clans.
Players can look forward to 5 routes, all revealing new story elements and focusing on different love interests. Additionally, Shanao possesses Strength, Knowledge, and Kindness, which determine specific outcomes. Making critical decisions throughout the game will alter these stats, and the general goal is to balance all 3 of them. Overly leaning or lacking a particular stat can lead to bad endings.
Moreover, a mechanic called Love Catch lets players view their choices’ impact on characters’ affection levels and Shanao’s stats. Chapters can also be replayed following their respective completions, where affection levels and abilities can be altered to change course.
Official screenshots and the key art for this package can be viewed below:
The game’s Limited Edition will be available for pre-order later on, though its contents have been revealed and comprise the following:
- Steel Game Case
- Official Hardcover Art Book
- Ballad of the Rising Flower(2-Disc Set)
- 2 Audio Dramas
- 5 Card Bromide Set
- Reversible Cover Sleeve
- Collector’s Box
- Trading Card
The Opening Movie trailer for Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei is viewable below:
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