Vanillaware 20th Anniversary Celebration Announced; New Art

Vanillaware 20th Anniversary Celebration Announced; New Art

Developer Vanillaware has announced that they will be cooperating with Japanese company Icrea to host a 20th-anniversary celebration for the former.

Occurring in Tokyo in March and then in Osaka in April, a vast number of merchandise will be sold, which will then be at least partially available via official online vendors. Additionally, select photo spots will be chooseable, and several companies will be present, including Atlus, Marvelous, and Nippon Ichi Software.

Thanks to the fansite Persona Central for sharing this news. You can view their coverage for more granular details. We’ll be sure to share any significant developments with you all. Perhaps a port of Muramasa Rebirth will finally be announced? I can dream…

Lastly, new artwork was shared depicting many Vanillaware characters, such as the protagonist of GrimGrimoire OnceMore, Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere, Momohime from Muramasa The Demon Blade, and Iori from 13 Sentinels.

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GrimGrimoire OnceMore will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on April 4, 2023.

Originally released on PS2, GrimGrimoire OnceMore tells the story of Lillet Blan, a young girl who recently joined the Silver Star Tower academy and wishes to become a great magician. As she learns the art of summoning familiars, she will have to do her best to deal with the perils hidden within the tower.

A new gameplay mechanic, Grand Magic, has been implemented. This allows access to exceptional skills, such as Mana Burst, which deals fire damage across a wide radius, and Resurrection, restoring the health of familiars. In addition, a new skill tree has also been added, where players can spend coins earned from completing optional missions to obtain upgrades, including familiar strengthening, magic buffs, and more.

Regarding convenience, fast-forward mode does the self-explanatory to make battle actions pass by more swiftly. Further, the newly added Hard difficulty will challenge those who want to push their strategic know-how to their limits. Other new features comprise the aspect ratio being upgraded from 4:3 to 16:9 and voice lines being added to combat.

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