In tandem with its launch of the official website for Kenka Bancho 6: Soul and Blood, Spike Chunsoft also opened the official site for Ukiyo no Shishi and Ukiyo no Roushi, revealing with it a handful of details about the unique storylines each game is set to portray.
Both of the games take place during the Bakumatsu, a period of uprising in the mid-1800s in Japan that marked the end of the Tokugawa shogunate that had ruled the country since the early 1600s with the ascension of Tokugawa Ieyasu to national power, replaced with the restoration of the emperor as the head of the Japanese state.
In Ukiyo no Shishi, the PlayStation 3 game, the specific backdrop of story revolves around the efforts of the Ishin Shishi, the anti-shogunate side of the conflict that favored returning the Japanese imperial house to power in an effort to better curb foreign influences before they could overrun Japanese sovereignty. At the center of the game is historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma, who in this incarnation has lost all of his memories. Assisted by the beautiful Oryu (implicitly based on Sakamoto’s real wife Oryo), he sets off in search of his memories in the hopes of regaining his identity one step at a time. In addition to Sakamoto and Oryu, Katsu Kaishu is slated to appear in this version of the game.
Ukiyo no Roushi, the PS Vita game, meanwhile, focuses on Okita Yoshijiro, a man who had come to Kyoto from Edo (Tokyo’s name in that period) to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Okita Souji and join the Shinsengumi, an opposing faction to the Ishin Shishi that remained loyal to the Tokugawa shogunate. Assigned to work under Saito Hajime as an inspector of sorts, ensuring that the safety of Kyoto is upheld, it’s not the job that Okita dreamed of, but he nevertheless derives enjoyment from solving mysteries, unearthing culprits, and even finding time on the side to turn out ukiyo-e paintings. But times are changing quickly during this period in Japanese history and before he knows it, Okita finds himself facing down a great menace as famous figures left and right either wind up dead or turning criminal. Beyond the two Okitas, Kondo Isami is set to show up in the game, as well.
Both games are still to be dated.
In addition to the website, Spike Chunsoft released a teaser video briefly showcasing the Ukiyo-e rendering mode that players can toggle. Watch that below. View first screenshots of Ukiyo no Shishi here and of Roushi here.