October 13th 2008 - Rising Star Games and Marvelous Entertainment today hailed their overseas media event at this year’s Tokyo Games Show a success and feels buoyed by the positive reactions received for the products on show. Featuring playable code of the previously announced Little King’s Story for the very first time, there was also a debut for Muramasa: The Demon Blade to western audiences as well as the announcement of No More Heroes 2 by creator Suda51 himself. All three titles will be published by Rising Star Games in PAL territories during 2009/10.
Based on ancient Japanese lore, Muramasa: The Demon Blade plunges players into the mystical Genroku era, ruled by the skilled shogun Tsunayoshi Tokogawa. However, this culture is threatened; Tokogawa’s thirst for power leads to a conflict over the enormously powerful, though cursed, Demon Blades. Used in hatred, drenched in blood, the cursed blades condemn those who use them to tragedy, madness and untimely death. Featuring hand-drawn 2D art reflecting the heritage and tone of the storyline, Muramasa transports players into the mythology envisioned by the creators of the highly praised Odin Sphere. Players take on the role of a male ninja or female kunoichi, utilising their ninja prowess to traverse the clever side-scrolling levels that feature vertical progression as well as the traditional horizontal stage advancement.
Garnering the biggest reaction of the night was the announcement of a sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii-exclusive No More Heroes. Taking place three years after the end of the first title, No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle sees hero Travis Touchdown embark on a mission of revenge following the murder of his best friend. Featuring improvements to the game engine and graphics, Suda51 also promises a far busier Santa Destroy, much darker tone and also a few surprises to come.
“We’re extremely happy with the interest shown for this event,” enthused Martin Defries, managing director of Rising Star Games. “We knew there was a lot of interest in this event from the number of journalists who confirmed their attendance in advance, both through us within Europe as well as on Marvelous’ side, but we didn’t expect the place to be packed out!”
Rising Star Games can also confirm an additional ten titles to be released along with the three on show. Valhalla Knights 2 (PSP), Steal Princess (DS), Luminous Arc 2 (DS), Avalon Code (DS), Rune Factory 2 (DS), Discipline (WiiWare), Hero for 30sec (PSP), Valhalla Knights: Elder Saga (Wii), Rune Factory Frontier (Wii) and Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii) are all planned for 2009/10.