Hot on the heels of its sixth anniversary celebration, Touken Ranbu has announced it will be launching its English version via Johren. Pre-registrations are now open, with materials given out to all saniwa who sign up:
- 200,000x Coolant
- 200,000x Whetstone
- 200,000x Charcoal
- 200,000x Steel
- 100,000x Koban
- 30x Request Tokens
- 30x Help Tokens
- 1x Omamori
- 1x Brown Horse
- 1x Black Horse
The official English website is here, with the official English Twitter account here. Touken Ranbu English is probably not in anyone’s bingo card for the year 2021, but here it is regardless. The Twitter bio for the account mentions the Pocket version (which is the mobile app), though not if it’ll be launching simultaneously with the browser version.
Gameplay is essentially an auto-battler, forming a squad of up to six swords and sending them out to maps to fight. The characters are based on famous historical swords, their personalities and design taking into consideration their past and their owners. The franchise has branched into multimedia, from stage plays and musicals, manga and anime, and even collaborations with museums that house the blades.
The story blurb given on the website is as follows:
The year is 2205. Revisionists seeking to change history have begun to attack the past. The “Saniwa”, who has been given the task of protecting the history, heads back in time with “Touken Danshi”, the fabled swords that have taken the forms of powerful warrior.