Compile Heart and developer Sting have shared a new trailer for Touhou Spell Carnival. The Japanese video shows a little of the gameplay of the strategy RPG.
The Touhou Project is a doujin franchise started in 1996 with the bullet hell game Highly Responsive to Prayers for the NEC PC-9801. Despite Team Shanghai Alice owning the series, it is open for other developers to create their own works.
This openness led to many titles for different genres to come over the years. Back in 2014, Sony started a Play, Doujin! initiative to have some of those properties come to their systems.
Now, Compile Heart and Sting have partnered for a new take on the franchise. Touhou Spell Carnival is a unique mix of tactics RPG and bullet hell, exploring Sting’s strength as a developer and the franchise’s identity.
On the new trailer, we can see some of the characters’ special moves in action during the tactical battles and their assigned tracks:
The video is a follow-up to another one released on December 21, 2023. The previous video highlighted fan-favorite characters, such as Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Yukari Yakumo, Remiria Scarlet, and Sakuya Izayoi:
Compile Heart also shared an in-depth look at the gameplay with Japanese narration by Reimu’s and Marisa’s voice actresses. The video explains the game’s real-time movement through the grids, skill use and dodging bullets.
Touhou Spell Carnival comes to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on April 18, 2024 in Japan. An English release hasn’t been announced yet.