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A new promotional video was made available to view on Marvelous Entertainment’s main site for Oboromuramasa today. Judging by the video, you can tell the game’s release is very close since a lot gets revealed.
First and most obvious is the voice acting for the two main characters, Kisuke and Momohime. I really like Momohime’s, but I was surprised at how deep Kisuke’s voice is. Either way their voices are a huge improvement on what I had to listen to yesterday…
There was a decent amount of information regarding the game’s katana system. Obviously Kisuke and Momohime are on a journey to collect katana from all over Japan, 108 in total. What I did not realize, is that depending on the character you select, you will explore different provinces of Edo era Japan. Kisuke will start in eastern Japan, and Momohime the west:
I hope Momohime is going to go as far as Okinawa, but somehow I doubt it. This may may not be entirely accurate since I think the provinces were divided differently back in the day, but it should give you some idea.
The video also gave us the first look at swordsmithing. Both characters have different katana they can craft. Swordsmithing requires certain “vitality” and “spirit” values. Vitality is increased by eating and drinking various foods, which explains all the videos of food eating. To acquire spirits, you must defeat enemies. I admit I am not entirely clear on the process, but it appears there is a swordcrafting-tree, where creating one unlocks other paths:
Equipping different katana, regardless of how they are acquired has certain stat requirements. This means that you may not wanna rush into making a badass sword, because odds are you wouldn’t even be able to lift it right away.
Oboromuramasa comes out April 9th in Japan, and I expect to hear something concerning it’s localization shortly after.