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.

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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’.

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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!

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Charlie Large is the Deputy Editor of The Vita Lounge and has been a part of the site for over 2 years! A fan of all things PlayStation, he spends most of his time playing, writing, talking or thinking about games! You will find him currently splitting his time between his PS4 and Vita trying to work through an ever-rising backlog of brilliant titles!
  • Lester Paredes

    Aw, I thought it was going to get a physical release. Well, for 20 bucks, I can’t complain too much. That’s a nice price, after all. Still, real estate on my memory card is at a premium… Hope the game is as fun to play as it is gorgeous.

  • Phelan

    Why am I not suprised?

    Pass.

    It was one of the games I bought my Vita for… but I refuse to buy digital crap. I want to own game!

    Instead of buying another memory card I think that it is high time to buy 3DS :/ Don’t get me wrong… Vita is the best system… but when it comes to games (or lack of them) and support (digital only crap) Nintendo is crushing SONY even without doing anything.

    How come it is viable to support Wii U which sold 2kk less copies than Vita? How come it is viable to release games with retail edition for Wii U? How come it is viable to pay 3rd studios to create games for their own system?

    • novurdim

      God, your spamming about retail is becoming annoying. Every time you say the same darn thing.

      • Phelan

        Oh? Than at least we match pretty well 🙂

        I’m annoying you are annoying, let us make family and get annoying children.

    • Thulsa

      I’ll be buying the Asian English release from Play-Asia – http://www.play-asia.com/oreshika-tainted-bloodlines-english-paOS-13-49-en-70-8ji5.html

      Sure it will cost more but I’m like you, screw digital

  • Alex Jones

    And the Trinity Has Been Completed…

    It seems like we’ve come Full Circle with Oreshika’s resurfacing, finally.

    I remember Sony announcing the localization of 3 great games for the Vita, with Soul Sacrifice Delta being the first of three,followed by Freedom Wars then this title. All 3 have official release dates ( the former 2 had been released already ), all great titles to add to Sony’s
    underappreciated little handheld. I thought Oreshika will be swept under & silently forgotten, but alas, it’s finally here…well almost.

    And yes, all 3 are Digital Only in North America ( not sure about Europe ). It seems like a trilogy of curious decision on Sony’s part.

    The whole Mem Card having lofty price tag must really end…

    • novurdim

      Freedom Wars actually had physical release in Europe and NA.

      • Alex Jones

        Actually you are right.

        I remember now that Freedom Wars had a physical release but I opted to purchase the digital version for the sole reason of obtaining the Formal Wear costume DLC early adopter bonus.

        It’s my fault I fell for the FW bait 🙂 The Formal Wear was just so hard to resist. It felt like my character’s arsenal isn’t complete without it!

  • Nonscpo

    No retail means no buy…for now. That’s the problem with digital only releases, it takes away the feeling of urgency when buying games. Besides at 20 smackaroos I can pick this up whenever.

  • EndRant

    Kinda sucks that’s it’s digital only, art least do something limited run of questions physical version. Still gonna get it though, game looks awesome and after not hearing anything about it for so long I thought it got cancelled.

  • Ichigo Yoite

    I normally would say no to digital only titles (most times) but tbh for 20 bucks its not too bad and the game looks pretty interesting (+the bonus when getting it early). I think I will pick this up.