For those of you who are fans of the franchise, Hakuoki, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a smartphone game being launched in the UK for iOS and Android smartphones! (We’re working with our partners in Japan to help spread the word of this release.) Read on below for all the details.
Hakuoki comes to the UK for iOS and Android
Glasgow, UK March 31, 2015 – Hakuoki, one of the most popular Otome games released in Japan, is coming to the UK for the first time from March 31st, 2015. It will be available for iOS devices through Apple’s AppStore and for Android devices through the Google Play store.
Hakuoki, by Idea Factory, was first designed and released in its native Japan back in 2008 and became the forerunner in Otome games. It’s popularity quickly saw it adapted into anime, manga and films as well as its release to English speaking fans.
About Otome Games
Otome games are designed primarily for a female audience, commonly as a form of visual novel game allowing players to take control of various protagonists. The player helps shape their character’s stories through different scenarios and multiple conclusions.
Hakuoki is a visual novel game based on the historical Shinsengumi of Japan, featuring beautiful art and multiple endings. In Hakuoki, a young woman comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father and soon encounters danger along with the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, she is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural happenings. Can she navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?
Originally released in Japan on the Playstation 2 in 2008, Hakuoki was released for the Playstation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming console in 2009. Now, in 2015 Hakuoki is making the leap to mobile gaming on smartphones.
Hakuoki is an exciting experience that takes players on a historical fantasy adventure while pursuing a relationship with one of several characters. The story spans 14 chapters (plus an additional bonus chapter exclusive to this release) with players taking up the role of 7 different characters.
Containing full character biographies and beautiful illustrations, this is a game where all choices made by players during the story will affect the outcome of the story, determining the fate of the female protagonist, Yukimura, and the Shinsengumi. Hakuoki is perfect for players new to Otome games as well as for existing fans.
How Does it Work?
There are two versions of Hakuoki available for players: a Standard Edition and a Premium Edition. Both feature the 14 chapter long story (plus a bonus chapter) for players to experience
- Standard Edition
Players will be able to enjoy the Prologue chapter for free after the downloading the app. Additional stories can be purchased in game, one-by-one as the player progresses for £2.99. Once the player completes all available stories they will receive a bonus story (detailed below) created exclusively for the European edition of the game.
- Premium Edition
Includes all the chapters (including the bonus story) from the outset. The pricing of the Premium Edition will be available at a reduced priced (compared to purchasing all the content through the Standard Edition individually) at £20.99 for Apple iPhone and £18.20 for Android.
- Bonus Story
Taking place after the events of the previous chapters, players will have the opportunity to play an Bonus Story written exclusively for this release. It features newly recorded Japanese voiceovers by the original voice cast, 6 new characters and exclusive CG events. The bonus story is included by default with the Premium Edition, and will be available to Standard Edition player for free once they have completed all purchased chapters.
Additional Details about Hakuoki
- Hakuoki: http://otomate-world.com/hakuoki/index.html
- iOS 5.1.1 and up
- Android OS 2.3 and up
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