Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Producer Wanted A Return To 3D

By Sato . January 10, 2014 . 1:03pm

With all the latest announcements from Marvelous AQL, Senran Kagura fans have plenty of ninja action to look forward to. This week’s Famitsu magazine features an interview with series producer Kenichiro Takaki, who talks about the upcoming 3DS game, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson.


During the interview, Famitsu express their surprise on Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson being for Nintendo 3DS instead of the PlayStation Vita.


“The plan for Senran Kagura originally started with [the idea of] breasts that can be shown in stereoscopic 3D and beautiful women that can be shown in stereoscopic 3D, and I believed that we could do even more [with that idea],” explains Takaki. “A lot of time has gone by since then, and I feel that we need to show some results accordingly. I’d like to show a Senran Kagura that can fully show off the hardware’s characteristics.”


In the upcoming 3DS game, there will be a new feature that will have you take control of two characters at a time, allowing you to freely change between them during action. Famitsu asks the producer to share his thoughts behind the new feature.


“As an action game, the idea of wanting to make something that feels good and allows you to simply connect combos, was there ever since the very first title,” says Takaki. “Since this time it’ll be a ‘2,’ I wanted to go all out on the renewal, and thought about making it into an action game that lets you comfortably pull off combos, better than before.”


Continues Takaki, “So, in order to do that, having two characters would be better for making it easier to pull off Ninjutsu art combinations. I believe that we’ll be able to show something we’ve yet to see.”


Next, Famitsu points out that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson looks a little different than your traditional side-scroller game, as compared to the first title.


“In order to show the entire game in stereoscopic 3D, it would look better with more depth and space, so we decided to completely change it altogether,” shares Takaki. “Depending on the scenes, you might have them completely horizontal and giant boss fights will allow you to move in 360 degree angles. Basically, it’ll switch to the view that is best suited to the scene.”


Players using save data from Senran Kagura Burst will have access to Ikaruga’s older brother, Murasame, who will also be available as DLC at a later date. Famitsu asks if the development team brought him into the game due to fan demand.



“A demand… I don’t know about that?” says Takaki with a laugh. “Well, he was popular at the time of Senran Kagura Burst, so I thought it would make the fans happy… but yeah, he is pretty weak,” he adds, laughing again.


Finally, Takaki reveals that there will indeed be “costume destruction” features in the game, just like in Senran Kagura Busrst, and asks fans to just wait a little longer to see more.


Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is slated for release on August 7, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Brimfyre

    I love how unabashed he is about what the game’s main feature is.

    Luckily, he is a talented designer who also knows how to make an enjoyable gaming experience as well.

  • Kayseur

    So his reason for not making it on the Vita is mainly because he wanted breasts in 3D ?
    I can’t even be mad anymore, that’s kind of awesome.

    Anyhow, the 2-characters switching is a great way of dealing with the somewhat limited combos panels of each characters, I hope EV will have the same system, I really like the idea.

    • Crazy_O

      I’m not mad that it’s on the 3DS, I’m mad because unlike the one for the Vita I have to wait or will never be able to play it and btw, as european I still haven’t played the first. (And no buying a japanese 3DS is not an option, one is enough.)

      • Pdugna

        which is why I really hope vita just decimates 3DS eventually these games need to get off the platform if Nintendo still keeps with Region Locking…and I’m from NA and get most of these games anyway.

        • Kaijumaster

          you hope the Vita cuts into the 3DS sales by 10%?
          ….Yeah. That’s probably a realistic expectation of what will come about.

        • Serge

          Keep dreaming.

        • OlimacFTW

          Wow, How I like your imagination. That’s not gonna happen, at least not in this generation.

        • TalesOfBS


          • Piqutchi

            Flagged for having a different opinion?

      • mojack411

        Was Burst not localized in Europe?

        • AkuLord3

          It was….he’ll just play the Waiting game

          • mojack411

            I am thoroughly confused then. Why would he need a Japanese 3DS for it?

          • Serge

            Because some (not all) Vita’s owners have the need to whine about the 3ds region locking, and hope that that improves the sales of the handheld.

        • Crazy_O

          No it is not atm. The publisher is Zen United and who knows how long this will take again.

          • TalesOfBS

            They said 2014. Aren’t you guys getting a physical release?

    • subsamuel01

      3D doesn’t really help compared to the HD Oled screen on the Vita.

    • Shippoyasha

      I think it’s smart to use both systems to their respective strengths. I think EV being a musou style game might make it difficult to have a tag mechanic but they can do a lot with a pure 3D battlefield. Maybe they can add in dynamic, destructible, interactive environments and maybe a larger array of moves.

      • Kayseur

        Well I think it is possible, Dynasty Warriors does it for example (for two players, at least, but it would work for one).

        But sure thing, there’s a lot of possibilites to exploit and since they seem to be doing pretty well for their side-scroller branch, I have good hopes for EV. (That said, as someone told me somewhere else, we don’t even know yet if EV truly will be another Musou game even though its name reminds us of SV — not that I doubt it much).

        • Shippoyasha

          The producers of Senran Kagura franchise pegged EV as a followup to Versus so I suppose it’s highly likely it will not stray far from a musou format. It’d be shocking if they go purely 2D style or turn it into a fighting game

      • J_Joestar

        it wouldn’t be too hard to have multiple characters on the battlefield at once and simply have the ability to switch control to them on the other side of the map at least.

        I remember having that in SW on the 3DS.
        It wouldn’t be the same as straight tagging but it is something still.

    • Ric Vazquez

      What’s better than big plot in 3D? Nothing XD

  • TheExile285

    This game is gonna look so good in 3D ^_^

  • koksuckaahh

    TITS! IN 3D!!

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Ippai oppai!!

  • raeldor

    You have to admire a man who creates a game about girls who quite literally beat the clothes off of each other. I can’t even imagine the uproar if this idea was brought up in a corporate boardroom in the US. :P

    • Shippoyasha

      Even the localization is getting some opposition and moralistic outrage. I really hope Xseed tunes it all out and bravely release a physical release, entirely uncensored. Even stalwarts of imports like NISA and Atlus have censored games before which just gives me headaches figuring out what the purpose of altering games is. Even Xseed had to take out the girls’ ages in Burst. I hope they just ignore all the outside melodrama and do their thing.

      • …You realize that the censors are mainly to avoid pissing off the ESRB, right? That is the full reason. I imagine a rating bump would’ve happened had Burst kept the ages. Of course, almost every censor I see from NISA is something that absolutely must go or AO for you.

      • Nana

        Ah, fanboys still pretend to be so horribly oppressed by EVIL MORALISTIC FIENDS.

        And not, you know, companies simply appeasing the ESRB to avoid charges of child porn.

        That’d be logic. Can’t have logic here, must whine about nothing, as fanboys are apt to do. Melodrama indeed!

      • J_Joestar

        a little age hiding is a fairly minor thing. it isn’t like they had all the bouncing, transformation and clothing destruction scenes altered or anything like that.

    • The uproar wouldn’t really exist. Companies here also don’t care if girls exist to sell sex; then again, here we do what we can to avoid creating female characters at all (and then when it can’t be avoided, they fall prey to the tropes).

  • Freakmasta

    That train stage looks sick,

  • I can tell fans of the series are going to enjoy this very much. The full 3D is going to look beautiful. I also like how Takaki was having fun and laughing during the interview while giving answers. His personality and ideas are what makes the Senran Kagura games so much fun to play =^_^=

  • Kaijumaster

    Hope XSeed is reading this comments page. I bought S.K.B. within moments of it going live on the eShop and spent 34 days playing it. I will purchase it’s sequel as well!

  • JMaster3000

    >Remembers Rune Factory
    >Starts to cry

    Now even tits can heal this wound ;-;

  • tubers

    GL w/ the game.

    Well, it’s not like this franchise needs luck anyway :P

    It’s gonna sell bonkers :D

  • The Senran Kagura better keep going on for a long time, it has become one of my favorites series. Love the games and everything.

    Also, the fact that we can now use 2 characters in stages is awesome, too. Each characters provide a unique fighting style already, so if we can bring 2 of them, then heck, even more awesome!

  • EggmaniMN

    How about this time they get it to run in more than 10fps when 4 characters are on screen? Or they make the animations actually look good.

  • Kayriss Wins

    Please don’t make us wait 2 years for this to come overseas like Burst lol.

  • Namuro

    Huh, I don’t know why the Famitsu staff would be surprised that the game which originated on the 3DS, wouldn’t make a return on the 3DS… Weird.

    Anyway, I’ll be sure to pick up BURST soon, before this one comes out. The gameplay looks pretty good so far; I love how the style of the stage is changed when facing the boss, too.

    The character pairing should be interesting, especially with the unique ninpou specials.

    • British_Otaku

      It is rather odd that they didn’t expect that, but I suppose the series in many people’s eyes broke out the Vita between the anime coming out around then, the additional polish for Shinovi Versus and westwise it was the first game that could be bought in any sort of significant numbers without localisation.

      There is a Best Collection release of Burst which will be out on the 20th February and trending around $30 if you are interested in picking the game up. I might go for that for my physical release fix as I got the game digitally during a sale for 2500 yen. Otherwise, I guess you could buy the American release too if you have one of those 3DS as well… Options, things that Europeans aren’t used too.

      Looking forward to the team specials a bunch if they have a lot of unique properties.

      • Namuro

        Well, Versus sure got a lot of attention, and quite well received. I supposed they thought that the company would continue to concentrate on the PSV market alone, since a lot of PSV owners are within their targeted consumer range (at least in Japan).

        I don’t know when I’ll be able to pick up BURST (since I’m nowhere near finishing Monster Hunter 4… still loads left to do), but I think I’ll end up getting a digital version, since I’m working abroad, and they only sell Japanese and American 3DS games here. Not much love for the EU system LOL. (I sure would love to have the physical copy, though).

  • TheLastBattalion

    Everyone wants the Sensei.
    Just admit it.
    As for me, thanks for the Homura pictures!
    She’s my main in the game ^_^

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