Senran Kagura is getting extra Life and a bigger Hometowns as a sequel, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson has been announced by Tamsoft. Starting off the confirmation of the sequel is a the addition of Co-op gameplay. While it wasn’t much of an issue in the original game, it’s odd for a brawler to not have it. So now it’s possible to have team ups like Asuka and Homura, or Haruka and Hibari. Local Co-op is a given, but it’s unknown if there will be online co-op as well. Alongside Co-op will be tag-team.
Gameplay was shown during the SK Livestream last night. The gameplay style remains the same as SKB, but a few tweaks. The biggest change is the camera angle, as now it’s closer to the action and pivots towards the front and back of the stage at an angle. To keep the camera fixed on where you need to see, a new lock-on feature as been introduced.
Another big addition is how boss battles are done. While we don’t know if this will be for all boss battles, the short battle shown with Orochi (pictured above) is arena styled, almost similar to the PS Vita entry, Shinvovi Versus. Players can now move with a little more range and avoid certain attacks a little easier (anyone who’s played against Orochi knows what I’m talking about). Midbosses were also shown with Asuka and Homura taking on a spider-woman enemy.
Two new characters are playable this time around. To the left is Kagura, and to the right is Naraku. If you happen to have save data from Senran Kagura Burst, you can unlock and play as Ikaruga’s trap-door victim of a brother, Murasame, complete with chained-kunai. If you don’t have the data, you can get him separately as DLC.
In Shinovi Versus news, it’s getting a sequel called Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. The only info we know so far is that it’ll be on a Playstation platform. Takaki stated that while he can’t say which Playstation platform it’ll be on, it may possibly be on more than just the Vita. PS4 perhaps?
As for the U.S., XSEED sent a card to their fans over the holidays, via Playstation Blog, that teased a few characters from games yet to be announced for localization. Among these characters is one from Shinovi Versus on the upper-left corner. XSEED Executive Vice President Ken Berry stated that if early sales of Burst are good and maintain its momentum, then it’s chances of localization will improve. And judging by SKB hitting #1 in its first week, and the tease from above, I’d say Shinovi Versus in the U.S. is closer to reality.
And finally, there’s a rhythm cooking game for the series, called Senran Kagura Dekamori. From the gameplay shown during the livestream, it has a tug-of-war setup where you time button presses to the music. As you press buttons, you push the knife meter towards your opponent. After a round, Granpa Hanzou judges who the winner for that round is (which is represented by where the knife meter is leaning before round’s end). Win all rounds, and Hanzou absolutely loses his shit over how good the food is and declares you the winner of the match. And your opponent is a sobbing fleshy mess for cooking crappy food. It’s unknown if Dekamori will be localized. But XSEED did tweet out that if all pans out well, it will be considered.