ZUN’s moe girl action game franchise, Touhou, has confirmed a 13.5th entry – unveiling screenshots boasting much improved character sprites, backgrounds, and some new gameplay elements to look forward to.
After what has felt like a second passing of vulgaris aerae since our last trip into Gensokyo, ZUN has finally began to share content from his new project in progress – Touhou’s “13.5th Project”, a work dubbed “Hopeless Masquerade“.
Much like Touhou Hisoutensoku, this side game focuses on fighting game mechanics in place of the series’ signature “bullet hell” shooter style of play. From what we can see in just the images, a lot of information has already been provided visually – such as Reimu showing off a sliding kick that one may recall from Hisoutensoku. Not to mention the ever-helpful damage calculators, notable for determining how much more damage an opponent can take in any given combo assault.
It should be noted this is yet another collaboration between Team Shanghai Alice and Tasogare Frontier – a team famous for their success on Hisoutensoku, now seemingly looking to blend elements of the super meter from “Immaterial and Missing Power”, while retaining the largely, and since developed, game mechanics from Hisoutensoku. And of course, this goes without saying, though the dev unit is amazingly still adding more atop this all.
As a side-note, keep in mind these side games are not always merely recreational spins of the franchise. For example, Immaterial and Missing Power, which introduced to us an extremely cute demonic loli character by the name “Suika Ibuki”, later employed her as a valuable shot-type in Subterranean Animism. Whether we will be introduced to a new character in this latest incident of Gensokyo is not yet a known fact – however, we might see an even bigger threat than Miko this time around…
Regardless, Hopeless Masquerade certainly will be worth all the hype – just as every other Touhou game prior. Tasogare have never disappointed fans in the past, and it would be complete madness for them to release a game that doesn’t live up to their reputation – something might end up distorted in the world’s natural order if such were the case.