"Rurouni Kenshin" Smartphone Game Reveals 3D Characters and Nostalgic Dialogue Screens
Last month, Bandai Namco announced that they would be bringing the characters of Rurouni Kenshin to a free-to-play smartphone game. One month later, Rurouni Kenshin: Kengekikenran is ready to show off its art and battle scenes to the public.
Special moves are achieved by collecting and using Kengeki (“swordplay”) Cards to create a Kengeki Chain, which kicks off scenes from the original anime depicting the characters’ finishing moves and allowing them to deliver continuous attacks. Gameplay videos and screencaps show battles with both mobs and individual bosses.
The aforementioned Kengeki Cards can also be used for status effects, and feature special artwork.
Speaking of artwork, 3D models have been released featuring playable characters.
While the sprites look slick and modern, the nostalgic art of the dialogue screens harkens back to the original anime.
The official site is now open and accepting pre-registrations. A “Kyoto edition” campaign is currently underway, featuring the famed swordsman journeying to Kyoto. The more people preregister, the closer he gets to his destination. If he reaches Kyoto (which requires breaking through the 70,000 pre-reg mark), players will kick off the game with a Tamahagane Stone (an in-game item) and “Stance of the Battousai” Kengeki Card.
Rurouni Kenshin: Kengekikenran will be available to play later this year.