This Valentine’s Day, Swords Will Clash and Romance Will Blossom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORRANCE, Calif. – February 14, 2011 – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is proud to announce that the hit Japanese otome game, Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, will be shipped to retailers today. Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is a visual novel based on the historic Shinsengumi of Japan featuring beautiful art and multiple endings. Grab your PSP® system and get ready for a romantic adventure you’ll never forget. Or for a little extra special magic in your digital relationship, pick up the Limited Edition for a 72-page art book and a CD soundtrack along with the game!

“Aksys definitely deserves kudos for taking a chance on Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom. It’s a well written adventure that deserves a wider audience. While most of the audience picking it up will be female, I would urge men who are interested to also give it a chance. It is a dating game, but there’s much more to it than just making sure Chizuru ends up with some hot guy. Hakuoki has all of these additional elements of action, mystery and fantasy which would make it appealing to anyone who loves a good story.”–Siliconera

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom Story Elements

Japan’s Edo Period was drawing to a close. The shogunate, who’d held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule. In this midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the street of Kyoto from masterless samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan’s history.

In Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, a young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural happenings. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom Key Features

-       -  One of North America’s First Otome Games: Experience a historical fantasy adventure while pursuing a relationship with one of several male love interests in a game specifically created for a female audience—one of the first of its kind localized for North America.

-       -  Experience a New Kind of Adventure: Enjoy a visual novel filled with beautiful illustrations and changing character portraits. Examine character biographies, check your story progress, and replay scenes you’ve already watched.

-       -  Chose Your Own Fate with Multiple Endings: The story is told through the eyes of Chizuru Yukimura, but the player will be presented with a number of decisions she must make. The result of these choices will determine Chizuru’s ultimate fate, and the fate of the men of the Shinsengumi.

-       -  Introduction to the Hakuoki Franchise: Hakuoki is a series that enjoys major popularity in Japan among the gaming populace, selling over 500,000 copies across all platforms!

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom has been rated ‘M’ for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). More information about Aksys Games and the Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom can be found at  www.aksysgames.com.

About Aksys Games Localization, Inc.

Founded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a localization studio and visionary video game publisher specializing in the Japanese-to-English translation of games and committed to publishing unique, multicultural, high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms. The company is known for releasing acclaimed titles such as 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors and the BIT.TRIP, Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and Hooked: Real Motion Fishing series. More information about Aksys Games and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.aksysgames.com.

   


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