You read that title right. At long last, the online game Touken Ranbu Online will be released in English! The English release will be available from 23 February on the PC Gaming Platform Johren and will be free-to-play. For those unfamiliar with Johren, they were founded in July 2020 and their website johren.net features other turn-based games such as Magicami and Versus Tales.
Update 23/2: The Touken Ranbu official English Twitter account has announced that the game has been delayed. No new release date has been announced.
Touken Ranbu Online was originally released in Japan in 2015, and developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games. Since its release it’s had three anime adaptations, a film and even some stage plays. There’s also been a number of scale figurines and nendoroids released of the characters. But hey, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s actually look at what the game is about, direct from the press release:
The year is 2205.
Revisionists seeking to change history have begun to attack the past. To prevent such threats, the Chronos Ministry has sent Saniwa [‘sages’] to each age. Saniwa, with the power to arouse an objects’ hearts and emotions, could bestow powers to fight and wield themselves. Thus, created as the Tsukumogami, Saniwa flies in the past with Touken Danshi to maintain the true history.
The players become the Saniwa, and will materialize the Touken Danshi, the famous swords taken the forms of honorable warriors. Gather eight types of Touken — Tanto, Wakizashi, Uchigatana, Tachi, Otachi, Naginata, Yari and Tsurugi. Create your own unique battalion and prevent the history revisionists from changing the past. Touken Ranbu Online is a collect-and-raise simulation game featuring Touken Danshi, the historical swords. Don’t miss the conversations between Touken Danshi, too! Head into battle with Touken Danshi at your side!
Honestly? I’m really excited for this! Almost five years ago I went to a convention and first came across Touken Ranbu when I bought some gorgeous files. I never really got into the anime adaptation and have always hoped that the game would receive an English release so I could experience the story and characters for myself. Also, knowing myself, once I do get into the game, I’m just gonna be buying up all that merch. For so many years I’ve seen Touken Ranbu figures be released and always stopped myself from buying them as I hadn’t played the game. And now I have no excuse. Time to buy all those beautiful figures 😛
Johren has opened up a month-long pre-registration campaign for players, by signing up you can get a number of in-game items such as whetstone (sword smithing/ repairing materials), omamori (prevents the swords from being destroyed) and two horses (can be equipped to swords to make them stronger).
Let me know in the comments if you’re excited for this game release! Or if you’ve played/ watched Touken Ranbu before who your favourite sword-guy is!
Art / Image credit ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus