Friday, July 8, 2016

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is officially coming west.


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Another Kenichiro Takaki game is coming west. 

Details after the break. 



Last week, Aksys shocked the Vita-playing world with the news that they, not XSEED, would be publishing RPG Tokyo Xanadu.  This week, mostly-digital mostly-otome-game publisher PQube turns that surprise of games-you-expected-to-be-published-by-XSEED-but-won't-be into a trend by snapping up Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni.

We'd long thought this was coming - English trophies appeared months ago, and producer Kenichiro Takaki has tweeted about his desire to see the game come west - and the reveal came today via Twitter:


What is Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni?  It's... absolutely fucking crazy.  It's crazy in the "oh Japan" kind of way.  It's insane in the "the sexualization of women in video games is harmful to our society" kind of way.  In both those ways, it's supernaturally terrible and incredible at once. 

Valkyrie Drive encompasses Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, an anime series about romantically and martially-involved ladies with boobs that bounce around and is by all accounts awful, Valkyrie Drive Siren, a "social game for iOS and Android" which I have no information on and Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni, which concerns us today. 

Again, it's crazy and terrible and incredible.  Observe, the announcement trailer for the Valkyrie Drive "media franchise" from March, 2015.  It is powerfully "what the fuck, Japan?"


So why am I posting about the game's localization?  

Why do I care about the game's localization?  

Because Bhikkhuni is the next thing from Kenichiro Takaki, the producer of Senran Kagura.  Senran Kagura's Vita titles are equally (well, probably less-so) sexually-exploitive, but they're also great-looking, great-playing superfun triple-A 3D brawlers on my Vita.  Which are unicorn-rare.  But, yes, extremely problematic

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is not from the same developer, but I've heard nothing but positive things about its gameplay.  It basically takes the almost-Musou-but-way-more-fun combat of Senran Kagura and pushes it gently towards Devil May Cry territory, with mad aerial control, combos and super-powered ultraweapons that are actually sufficiently-aroused teenage girls.  

Endless was kind enough to toss up the press release, but here are the important bits: 

Coming to Europe and North America. 

Coming in 2016. 

Coming physically and digitally. 




What the fuck, Japan.  But also awesome graphics for a Vita game, right?

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