Today, Koei Tecmo announced that Toukiden 2, the sequel to the popular demon-hunting RPG Toukiden, is coming to Europe and North America sometime in spring 2017.
What platforms the game will release on in the west was not divulged, however, when it launched in Japan earlier this year it released for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. That being said, I doubt it will ship on the PS3 in the west, but it seems probable it will release for both PS4 and PS Vita. Whatever winds up being the case, the publisher said it will have more information sometime in early 2017.
Additionally, Koei Tecmo released a batch of screenshots that introduce the game’s revamped battlefields, as well as a new original Toukiden anime short film by Studio 4°C. Focusing on events that take place prior to the game, the anime short exemplifies not only the series’ lore, but also highlights some of the new characters who will join players on their journey.
The publisher also provided the following overview of the game:
The Toukiden series tells the tale of humanity’s last stand for survival against demonic, soul-devouring Oni. As revealed in Toukiden: The Age of Demons, humanity was protected for centuries by a secret clan of warriors, the Slayers, trained to dispose of the supernatural threat before it could consume the world. An event known as the Awakening caused rifts to appear in space and time – resurfacing places that had long disappeared from the world and unleashing swarms of Oni that relentlessly hunted humans.
Set shortly after the events detailed in Toukiden: Kiwami, Toukiden 2introduces an all-new, captivating narrative featuring a compelling cast of companions and more devious demons to defeat. Players will step into the shoes of a Slayer tasked with saving humankind by carrying out special quests to reduce the monstrous hordes and liberate Oni-infested areas. Toukiden 2boasts a vast and extensive open world full of danger and wonder, and takes the player deep into enemy territory. Slayers and Oni will battle it out in the Otherworld, a tormented battleground divided into six distinct Ages. Revisit the redesigned Ages of Yore, Grace, Honor, War, Peace and Chaos, each distinctively representing an era of Japanese history, and discover more about the Oni threat and your character’s unique role in its resolution!
Below, you can check out the new screenshots, as well as the anime short: