Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines hits PS Vita next month

Digital-only RPG launching at $19.99.

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines will launch for PS Vita on March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe, Sony announced. The game will be available exclusively as a digital download for $19.99 / €19.99.

Consumers who purchase the game during its first two weeks of release will receive the bonus god characters Kiri no Mashu and Tonkararin.

The ancient Japan-set RPG will have players explore a watercolor world filled with colorful creatures based on Japanese mythology. Players take control of a clan whose bloodlines have been struck with the Curses of Ephemerality and Broken Lineage.

“The Curse of Ephemerality means that your clan members age rapidly with a maximum lifespan of around 2 years,” Sony Computer Entertainment America producer Yulie Yoshimura said in a blog post. “As you explore labyrinths, defeat demons, and find treasures, the clock of in-game time is always ticking so it’s important to plan your moves strategically. In Oreshika, no matter how skilled you are in battle or how strong your equipment is, your characters will face death and so it’s your job to make sure your clan’s family tree grows new members to step up to the ranks.

“But therein lies the catch as the Curse of Broken Lineage means that your clan members can no longer procreate… Luckily you can turn to the gods for help. By performing the Rite of Divine Union with a god, a new clan member will be created. It’s important to choose carefully which gods you perform the Rite with as the genetic makeup will be a combination of the ‘parent’ clan member and the chosen god which affects stats as well as appearance. And with well over 100 gods to meet in game, there are a lot of deities to discover!”

Oreshika first launched in Japan last July.

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