After waiting for what has seemed like an age for new information on Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, we are pleased to bring you news that the wait for the game is almost over!
Posts on both the European and the North American PlayStation Blog has revealed that the beautiful looking JRPG will be releasing for the PlayStation Vita on March 3rd in NA and March 4th in Europe. Available as a digital-only title in both regions, the game will cost $19.99/€19.99.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is an RPG set in ancient Japan with an artstyle that is inspired by brush paintings from the Heian era. In the game you will be exploring a watercolour world that is full of wonderful yet strange creatures based on Japanese mythology. The game will feature a Japanese voiceover to ensure that the audio matches the overall feel of the game.
The reason for the Tainted Bloodlines part of the game’s name is due to the fact that in Oreshika you will take control of a clan whose bloodlines have been tainted with two terrible curses – a Curse of Broken Lineage and a Curse of Ephemerality.
The Curse of Ephemerality will see the members of your clan age rapidly, with a maximum lifespan of around two years. As you play the game and explore dungeons, defeat demons and find treasure, the in-game clock will be ticking away so you will need to plan ahead if you want to succeed! The one thing that you will need to make sure of is that your clan’s family tree grows to ensure that there will be new members in the clan who can step up and fill the role when another clan member perishes.
This is where the Curse of Broken Lineage throws a spanner in the works! This curse prevents your clan members from being able to procreate. To get around this you will need to turn to gods for help – performing the Rite of Devine Union with a god to create a new clan member. Choosing the right god to perform the Rite with is rather important, as this will affect the stats and appearance of the new clan member that is created. The genetic makeup of the newly created addition to your clan will be a combination of the chosen god and the clan member that you pick as the ‘parent’.
It was also announced on the PlayStation Blog that those who pick up the game within the first two weeks of it being on sale will receive the gods Kiri no Mashū and Tonkararinas as a special bonus for being an early adopter of Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. These two rare gods cannot be unlocked through gameplay so make sure you purchase the game when it launches if you want to get your hands on these gods!
With the game set to release in little under a fortnights time, be sure to keep an eye on The Vita Lounge for any more news about the game between now and its release!