Koei Tecmo has shared a new trailer for Touken Ranbu Warriors. The video shows us the third team in the game, which has Heshikiri Hasebe as its leader. The Musou action game developed in collaboration between the Koei Tecmo teams Omega Force and Ruby Party will be available on the Nintendo Switch on May 24, 2022.
Touken Ranbu is a multimedia franchise about beautiful blade boys based on historical blades. They have to fight against a group of history revisionists intent on changing the past. Protecting it is the Saniwa’s mission as they work for the Government of Time. In the original strategy game, players would summon those partners through a specific gacha system where they’d spend currencies such as metals to summon it.
Touken Ranbu Warriors covers an alternative story in which the Saniwa’s base, Honmaru, is attacked. In the midst of the confusion, this leader figure is gone and only a few blades perservere in continuing at that specific point of time waiting for the Saniwa’s return. Those characters are divided into five teams and a new, mysterious blade boy called Omokage is also introduced in the game.
The first team was composed by Mikazuki Munechika, Sengo Muramasa, and Tonbokiri, and the second group had Kasen Kanesada, Ichigo Hitofuri, Namazuo Toushiro, and Hyuga Masamune. The new video shows the Third Team, which is composed of Heshikiri Hasebe, Yagen Toushiro, Tomoegata Naginata, and the newcomer Omokage. The new Touken Ranbu Warriors video shares a bit of their gameplay styles and individual animations.
Heshikiri Hasebe is an uchigatana crafted by Hasebe Kunishige. Besides its creator name, the Heshikiri part comes from Oda Nobunaga using him to slice apart a cupboard. He’s very loyal and deeply wishes to be his master’s favorite. He has no problem with doing shady work at all as long as it is for his master.
Yagen Toushiro is a tanto (a kind of dagger) crafted by Awataguchi Yoshimitsu and one of the Toushiro brothers. He’s calm and collected, having grown up in the battlefield and acquired some medicine knowledge during that time. He’s said to be sharp enough to cut through a medicinal crushing stone made of stone but not so sharp he would hurt his own master.
Tomoegata Naginata is an overprotective Touken Danshi who’s always taking care of things for the Saniwa. His origin is that of a collection of comma-shaped naginatas that don’t have their own origin stories or inscriptions that could mark them.
Finally, we have the mysterious Omokage, which is a newcomer to the Touken Ranbu universe. He’s an otachi (a kind of great sword) that’s calm and collected. He showed up during the dire crisis of the Saniwa promising to help the other Touken Danshi. However, his motivations are unclear.
If you’d like to know a little more about the game, you can check out the gameplay features video which was shared along with the First Team trailer. It showcases the specific mechanics of the action game revolving around the relationships between the boys. As groups of two characters, players have a partner who is able to help with follow-ups and counters, a special Souto Mode based on this partnership system and bonding events.
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