Announced by Frank deWindt (director of production at Aksys Games) via his Twitter post, the official US website for Muramasa Rebirth has now been updated with added screenshots and story information about the game. The website has plenty of artwork and illustrations from Vanillaware’s George Kamitani, and the art’s stunning qualities alone are worth the visit to the website.
For those who did not play Muramasa: The Demon Blade when it was first released for the Nintendo Wii by publisher Ignition UTV, you will learn a lot about the game’s story, setting, and what it is all about. Here is the story as described from the Story page:
Countless Demon Blades are strewn about the world.
Once one of these blades is drawn from its sheath,
they immediately begin thirsting for blood.
Exposed to the blood of those overcome with malice and spite, even the most blessed of legendary blades will eventually be turned to evil and become what are known as Demon Blades. Those who foolishly choose to wield these blades are soon overcome with thoughts of killing and wanton slaughter, and are eventually driven insane before their lives come to an often violent end.
It is the Genroku period of Japanese history, during the reign of the shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, that a demonic presence threatens to destroy the peace and prosperity of the country. As the hate, greed, doubt, and malice of those contending for the possession of one of the cursed Muramasa blades builds, goblins, monsters, and other creatures of evil begin to appear throughout the nation. Such is the chaos that even the king of the dragons and the gods themselves are forced to intercede. What fate awaits those doomed to wield the mightiest of the Demon Blades?
The next batch of screenshots are from the new set of images that have been uploaded to the official US site. They have translated text, various demonstrations of platforming and combat, and the impressive visuals that fans of the original game previously enjoyed. There is still no trailer on the website, but one will probably be uploaded eventually.
Here are the screens below:
Muramasa Rebirth will be available on the PlayStation Vita in the US on June 25, 2013. You can read more about the pre-order bonuses here.