Fans of cooperative demon slaying on the go have reason to celebrate today as Tecmo Koei America announces a Feb. 11 launch for PlayStation Vita exclusive, Toukiden: The Age of Demons.
Toukiden did well in the ole sales department in Japan, pushing around 500,000 units. That, coupled with the success of a somewhat similar title, Soul Sacrifice, here in the States is likely what spurred Tecmo Koei to bring the game over to the U.S. of A. The game generated a lot of buzz over here, leaving more than a few action adventure fans salivating over its fast-paced action and epic battles. Gamers demanded it, and now Tecmo Koei is responding with an early 2014 release date.
“Set against a backdrop inspired by various historical periods of Japan, Toukiden: The Age of Demons tells the tale of humanity’s last stand for survival,” reads a statement from Tecmo Koei America. “When monstrous demons (Oni) of varying strength and size invaded the world through cracks in space and time and started attacking humans, the only opposition came from the Slayers, a caste that has always secretly protected mankind from their murderous intent.”
Blame my love of Pacific Rim, but I can’t help but read the beginning of that description and slyly switch the word “Slayers” with “Jaegers” in my head cannon. Holy crap, a cooperative Pac Rim game for the Vita would be amazing! But I digress. Today is Toukiden’s day and, despite its lack of giant mech suits, it still looks like a lovely game.
So, nearly a decade after the Oni start burninating the countryside, a young Slayer decides to join the cause and lay waste to some monsters. That’s where you, the player come in, building a fully customizable character, picking your armor and weapons and forming groups with other Slayers in order to destroy the Oni threat. There are six different weapon types to choose from and upgrade, offering a wide variety of combat options for players to dig into. You’ll also rely on the souls of 200 historical Japanese figures to help you along with powerful buffs and magic.
So, if you have a Vita, like a good brawl (and especially if you enjoyed Soul Sacrifice), then Toukiden: The Age of Demons is shaping up to be a sound investment. For those who are already sold on the game and are moved to pre-order, TKA is also offering up a few pre-order bonuses for you to enjoy.
Reserve the game through GameStop and you will receive two extra Mission Collections to play through, as well as a special spirit, the Mitama of Niijima Yae. Pre-order through Amazon and you’ll receive a different soul, the Mitama of Momotaro, as well as the Cat Ears and Fox Mask armor pieces.
We can expect more details surrounding the release of Toukiden: The Age of Demons leading up to its release but, for now, mark your calendars for Feb. 11 and try to wait patiently.