Akai Katana Shin Coming to Europe in 2012

Rising Star to continue partnership with CAVE to bring Akai Katana HD to Xbox 360 next year.

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Rising Star has announced it will be bringing Japanese top-down arcade shooter Akai Katana Shin to Europe on the Xbox 360 during the first half of 2012. In a move which sees Rising Star continue its long-standing partnership with CAVE, Akai Katana Shin will be given a high-definition makeover for its debut on home consoles.

Originally released in Japan on May 26, 2011, exclusively on the Xbox 360, Akai Katana Shin was also released as a special edition, including a soundtrack and special voice pack download code, as well as unique packaging.

Set in a fictional time similar to the Japanese industrial revolution, Akai Katana Shin sees the evil Emperor Basho use a newly discovered energy source, Guiding Ore, to develop the powerful Guiding Katana and take control of a nation. Using the Guiding Katana's unique psychic abilities, Emperor Basho controls an elite battalion to wage war on neighbouring countries to continue his reign. The game sees the player take control of a small squad of rebels to stand against Basho and take down the empire.

For more on Rising Star Games' latest shooter, check out our coverage here.

Discussion

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BillyColeman
BillyColeman

rasigar_dragon2 mod your xbox lol good luck and for what? to get ban off live a week later lol some ppl

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Legolas_Katarn im sure it will be this is the xbox after all lol to tell the truth you be better off geting a japan 360 you can play usa games and j games on it lol

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

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kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Ill be picking this up along with last story next I go visit the relatives.

dragonps
dragonps

Don't forget you can download the demo for this game from the Japanese marketplace (don't worry you don't need to do anything illegal) Just create a Japanese account and off you go :)

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Totally stoked by this. Hopefully it will be compatible with USA XBOX 360. I recently placed my pre-order for the European version of Dodonpachi Resurrection, which has been comfirmed to work in the USA. Add these to Mushihimesama Futari, ESPGaluda and Deathsmiles (1 and 2x) and I may finally need to invest in an acrade stick. Apparently, I'm totally enthralled with CAVE...

FX102
FX102

I was at the MCM Expo where they announced it but only the Fri & Sat (announced on Sunday). However, the weekend planner they handed out on Friday mentioned Akai Katana announcement and they were quite surprised when I pointed this out to them at the Rising Star Booth. Played it on a Japanese Arcade machine at Re-Play 2010, definetely a 1st-day buy for me. Sch'mups need to come back and show what gaming was like in the past where they not only threw you in the deep end without so much as a sponge but that when you did poorly they really rubbed it in your face.

rasigar_dragon2
rasigar_dragon2

WOOOHOOO! Now i can get this without buying online and mod my xbox!

whoozwah
whoozwah

this is another fantastic CAVE shump and any fan of the genre that has a PAL 360 should not hesitate to pick this up. Shin mode is brilliant.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

The Japanese version was region locked right? Maybe the European one won't be.

shinstc
shinstc

Slight correction: Akai Katana is horizontal, not "top-down".