Caladrius Probably Is The First Shooter With Clothing Damage

By Spencer . March 10, 2013 . 11:32pm


Moss, the makers of Raiden, are taking a cue from Senran Kagura with Caladrius. The upcoming Xbox 360 shooter with music from Basicscape and artwork from Devil Survivor character designer Suzuhito Yasuda has (sigh) clothing damage. During boss fights, you can shoot do a bashful break if you fulfill certain conditions. This changes the boss character’s graphic and shows a cut-in break animation.


Alex, Maria, and Kei take damage during bullet hell battles too. If the Caladrius heroes take too much damage their clothes will get torn up too. Why do clothes get torn when everyone is inside a mech? We have no idea.


Caladrius has a gallery with various revealing images for players to unlock. The Xbox 360 game is slated for release on April 25 in Japan. So far, Caladrius has not been announced for the West. Will costume damage affect it’s shot at being localized?


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  • geebz

    An inquisitive fellow in the shmups facebook group asked MOSS directly, and this was their response.
    Translated by google:

    Questions, thank you! Sorry, this product to be released for the
    Japanese market, so we will not work with Xbox360 in the U.S. and
    Europe. There are no plans right now, and we will announce on this page
    in when you deploy the North American version. The future, thank you.

  • Rusworch

    Well, I do know that clothing damage affects my respect for a game badly.

  • DesmaX

    … Seriously, why? That doesn’t even makes sense.

    Oh well… Guess it’s their fault for using dresses inside a freaking mech…

  • Curan_Altea

    This completely necessary addition seems like it’ll add lots of….. depth.

    In all seriousness, the art is nice and I love bullet hell games. I’d probably get it if I had a 360 still.

  • Xerain

    It took them this long?

  • Looks great but it’s a shame that it’s releasing on region locked 360. If the console has a shitload of interesting JP exclusive games I’d have imported it by now but with this one it’s still like…2 or 3

    • MOSS have confirmed region-locking on their facebook account.

  • JustThisOne

    Huh? They’re encased in metal, how does this work? Unless the mech is basically exploding, clothes shouldn’t be harmed at all.

    I dunno, I can’t say I totally agree with this addition. But ultimately, it’s about how hellish the bullet hell is anyway, so maybe I can look past this..

  • endril

    Nope, not the first! Look up Sentimental Shooting. Actually, don’t, it sucks.

    • I was gonna say….. man that game was hilarious

    • Testsubject909

      Hey! That game’s fun to play.

      It’s a very simplistic bullet hell type shoot-em-up but it’s still a fun game and, if you ask me, better then some of the horizontal/vertical scrolling shmups you can get on PSN or XBLA.

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    This makes me think of star trek for some reason. The clothing damage that is

    • Why Star Trek?

      • BadenBadenPrinny

        For some reason it reminds me of the random explosions that happen on the bridge during a heated confrontation.

  • Arrei

    Eh… I have nothing against fanservice as long as the game is good, but that aspect plus being in mechs just makes no sense! Now if it was something like Touhou with the characters actually shooting at each other, that’d be another story.


    If any of you played Muv Luv, you guys should understand why ppl wear mechasuit in mecha lol. With all the shaking, ofc they will have clothing damage XD So it kinda justify it :P

  • Göran Isacson

    Clothes get torn because of money. Cheap, easy otaku money, dear boy.

  • Syltique

    This is the kind of innovation that shooters have needed. Looking good.

    In fact, my clothes exploded right now just thinking about it.

  • Go2hell66

    well this makes sense

  • FetusZero

    Far from the first.. there’s bullet hells where your goal is to actually destroy these clothes, and there’s some that are much, much worst than this and on a whole other level.

    • Testsubject909

      On that note, I will come to the defense of Sentimental Shooting and say “It’s a fun and challenging shoot-em-up that just happens to have you shoot off the clothes of a woman off even if that is the central focus”.

      • FetusZero

        Never played it, but I’ve seen your comment about it along with Endril’s down there! I’ve played shmups from Artesneit though.

  • Ayaka

    Mmh… I feel something similar to what happened with The 3rd Birthday.
    The game was quite fun, but the clothing damage just for fanservice… meh.

    • EH, isn’t the type of clothing you wear in T3B also affects the stats?

      • Arizato

        That doesn’t matter. You can have different outfits with different stats. But it is really unnecessary to have them be torn and broken. It’s just sad, and that’s counting this game too.

        • Fanservice sells. You act as if it something new & shocking. Take it or leave it.

          • Arizato

            I know it sells, I play alot of japanese games. I bought The 3rd Birthday and it sucked bigtime. Just because a game has fanservice doesn’t make it awesome. I don’t see any males being undressed while damaged in games.

          • Z3

            Soul Calibur?

          • Arizato

            Kinda liked the fourth one. Regretting i bought the fifth one. Let’s face it though: It’s not the clothing options/destruction that makes the game.

          • Zurashii

            Wouldn’t it be more realistic that the clothes get damaged? Why would anyone especially in the 3rd Birthday go through such hellish monsters unscathed?

          • Arizato

            I can buy that. But there is a difference between damaged outfits and blatant fanservice.

  • TatsuyaKyo

    Oh, Japan… never change… >_>

  • Andrew A

    I remember playing a doujin shmup years ago where you shot clothing off anime girls bit by bit. I think its called sentimental-shooting.

    • Testsubject909

      It is.

      I played it and enjoyed it, oddly enough, as a game first and foremost. The art is alright but honestly if you want some eye candy, you can get some eye candy with far less effort.

      Really, the game is a fun bullet hell and getting 100% is a real challenge.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Suzuhito Yasuda art with clothing damage? Yes pls

  • Adam Zaorski

    But how to concentrate on the shooting, when it’s the last thing you’re thinking about.

  • Guest

    “Why do clothes get torn when everyone is inside a mech? We have no idea,”
    Thats cause you’ve never experienced being in a mech! Broaden your horizons! :D

  • komiko12

    Haha! I guess we find out why there is only one male character so far.
    It seems like Suzuhito Yasuda was the perfect person for this.

  • Arizato

    Sad. So sad. It was sad in The 3rd Birthday and it is sad here.

    • I completely forgot about that in 3rd Birthday lol… I guess it was pretty subtle. This seems in your face.

      • Testsubject909

        You mainly see Aya from the back and she takes maybe 1/8 or 1/6th of the screen at most, the damage doesn’t get to the point of shreds as far as I’m concerned so the fanservice from torn clothes feels minimal. Plus it being an over the shoulder shooter, you’re more then likely to be focused on things shooting at you and possible cover than on Aya herself.

        • Arizato

          Here’s the default outfit with maximal damage. She is wearing a tank top and jeans. I think this is a pretty big difference. To the point of severe shreds.

          • Brandonmkii

            You just convinced me to play the 3rd Birthday.

          • Arizato

            Go ahead! Though I would recommend Parasite Eve 1 and 2 any day of the week.

          • Brandonmkii

            I just finished both 1 and 2 about a week ago. I’ve been sitting on a copy of T3B for almost a year, but I haven’t started it yet due to time constraints :p

          • Arizato

            Well then, more power to you. I personally don’t think The 3rd Birthday holds up at all. But that’s just me. Maybe you will find it more entertaining.

  • roxas sora

    nosebleed????????lose hp and money in wallet.

  • Jesse Thompson

    Sigh? More like SUGOI!!! (~.~)/


    Another classic shooter franchise is stricken by the moe disease.

    As always, it is fatal.

  • Warboss Aohd

    …….wot? Oh Course yer clothez iz gonna get torn when ya iz gettin’ shot at! Haven’t you lot ever fought in battle? know how many timez i had ta go to da Blood Axez ta buy new armor? alot, an’ dat stuff ain’t cheap! dose Blood Axez iz shady business men….which iz odd considerin’ dey iz orks, not even genetically altered onez like us.

    • Testsubject909

      Not sure if serious…

      • z_merquise

        That’s how Da Orkz (The Orcs) of Warhammer universe talk.

        So yeah, he’s serious.

  • ddh819

    if you sat inside a metal box that was getting shot with lasers, the metal could probably get hot enough to damage your clothes unless you had a flame suit on

    • Armane

      I’m pretty sure the cockpit would be insulated, and judging by the tearing on their clothes, it probably isn’t what’s causing this to happen. They are probably being shook and knocking against the cabin, their clothing then snagging on the various instruments lining the walls. After all, they don’t appear to be strapped in and they look to be wearing quite flimsy garments.

      Although judging by the artwork they don’t even look like they are piloting anything. Maybe they are just stood around while an AI handles everything, which brings into question why they are there in the first place.

      • Testsubject909

        Interesting to note that someone is attempting to rationalize the loss of clothes here.

        On that note. If I was inside a cockpit who was turning into a superheated metal plate. I don’t think my clothes would be damaged as much as I’d just be dying and soon to be dead with the more likely situation of being caught on fire.

        Ever had someone put a kleenex just a tad bit too close to a still hot oven stove? Now imagine that the kleenex is your clothes and that you’re inside an oven that’s only getting hotter and hotter… Most likely close to reaching a melting point in which case you’re pretty much doomed.

        Actually according to the first guy’s scenario, I’d sooner think they’d be bloody, with third degree burns if not disfigured and quite gory if we went with how he thinks their clothes gets damaged…

  • Now that looks and sounds rather…. interesting lol. I could say more, but I’ll just sum all that up like this:

    Damn, looks like I’ll have to go buy another 360 =P

  • Demeanor

    Nothing like clothing damage to get a reader’s full attention! XD

    • Testsubject909

      Amusingly. I didn’t read a single word of this article.

      I just read the title, came to see if anyone would mention Sentimental Shooting, they did, and am just watching as the comment board here fills with a few amusing moments.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        “Amusingly. I didn’t read a single word of this article.”

        And the eyes they are a rollin’.

        • Testsubject909

          There are those articles every now and again when I’m far more curious about the reactions first and the article second. This happens to be one of them.

          I just wanted to note that clothing damage doesn’t get everyone’s full attention by providing an example of one such reader whose attention was not gained. Me.

          But I’ll get around to reading the article too.

          That said… I’m not sure why you’re eyes are rolling and would like to know why. Just a tad bit confused.

          Edit: Especially since I don’t think I replied to any comment that touched more closely on the article’s content and only replied to comments that either A) were jokes or B) touched on broader subjects or just the surface of the article itself.

          Edit 2: On that note. Having read the article itself… There’s not much more information aside from what’s stated in the title.

          • The eyes are a rollin’ because this thread is another fantastic example of of your typical nonsensical and pretentious comments that try to make you sound smart, but don’t really ever seem to have any point to them.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I’m responding to the comment as I did in real life when reading it. My eyes really did roll. It is an unusual thing to admit to.

  • Mir Teiwaz

    Why are so many horizontal and vertical shooters from Japan coming to the XBOX360? I thought that console was doing terribly in Japan.

    It’s almost enough to make me want to buy an XBOX360. Almost.

    • Testsubject909

      (Edit: PS. I didn’t write what the nicknames for console owners in Japan was because it’s been more then a year or so since I read that article and completely forgot what those nicknames were. Needless to say though, you can guess pretty safely that the nickname for Xbox owners was the most shameful and embarrassing one. So there’s the obvious social stigma that comes with owning one within gaming circles. Also, my information is dated by a year or two, save for the XBLA market. That’s fairly fresh information I dug up when looking up profit made from indie game sales.)

      It is a console that’s doing horribly in Japan. On a side note, there are nicknames assigned to owners of certain types of consoles and those who own Xbox360 consoles are…

      Well, just think about the 360 in Japan. Low-budget Shmups typically with some imagery of a girl or another, usually I said not always, pervy dating sims like Dream C Club, generally perverted concept centric games and [email protected] aplenty. Let’s just say it’s probably not regarded as the best of console but rather a very specific type of console to purchase for a very specific reason.

      And then there’s the time when all I could hear was how Japanese 360 owners were complaining about how they felt like they were Beta testers with games first releasing on the 360 and then getting a highly upgraded version on the PS3 a year or two later, see Tales of Vesperia for some of the outrage.

      Aside from that, I’m guessing the reason why those games comes out on the 360 in Japan and no the PS3 is because it’s easier to make games for the 360 then it is for the PS3, the XBLA market is a bit more open for content (though from everything I’ve read and heard, more limiting on publishers and developers to gain a profit off of it what with it’s odd quarterly pay per minimum met profit requirement and freedom for the XBLA market to downprice their games without owner’s consent), and because with Nintendo being a more family friendly company, they probably wouldn’t consent to some of the games that are made for the 360.

      But that’s my wild guess from a lot of hear-say and general discussions around a few news sites, chatrooms and forums and what I can draw from the information gathered.

      • Mantiskilla

        Most of that stuff about easier to make games for it is true. CAVE did an interview awhile back on how they preferred the 360 due to its easy to translate PCB (arcade board) onto console infrastructure. They also said that 360 was WAY cheaper to develop games for and they didn’t like the PS3 core processor at all. With a niche genre like this and small companies who develop them its just made sense. I would hope this game would come to the west since Moss does a pretty good job with bring games over, but if not let us hope its region free (ill prob buy for my japanese 360 but whatever). Not a fan of this clothing damage though as I find it to be rather shallow and not important. You can do w/o that nonsense really

    • Please take everything TestSubject says (ever) with a huge helping of salt.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Considering all the girls don’t have any newtype like “Char” or Haman. No wonder they cloth gets damage there. Not to mention in a bullet hell games, they will need to move like crazy to avoid all the attacks which gives pressure to their clothing.
    ……………well, who cares about that. Fanservice Banzaiiiiiii.^_^

  • HPN

    Sadly, Xbox 360 region lock fail. This is awesome. Devil Survivor is awesome. The character designer is awesome. So much more interesting than wave after wave of respawning military porn.

  • DigiWing

    I expected more antigravity breasts

  • Tsunamori Nanashi

    This is more important than you thing. In danmaku games, you have to focus a lot. Imagine where your focusing goes when you have a chick getting undressed on the whole right side of the screen. If this was on arcade, it would eat right though my quarters.

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