Touhou Doujin Project Coming To PS4 [Update]

By Spencer . September 1, 2014 . 12:51am


Zun, the creator of the Touhou Project, is working with Sony on a PlayStation 4 game. The project was announced during Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference.



The motto for the new Touhou Project is “Touhou fans will make it and grow it, together with PlayStation” and not only will you get to play the Touhou Project titles on PlayStation 4, but there will also be some sort of feature that will let you exhibit or share what you make.


To more specific, the games that will be part of the project are those of doujin makers, and it will also allow fans to make their own games. So it won’t be about ZUN’s work, but rather, the ones made by fans.


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 The three titles that will be available to play right off the bat are: Fushigi no Gensokyo 3The Genius of Sappheiros, and Touhou Sky Arena Matsuri. Touhou and other doujin titles are expected to be released for the project as well.

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  • Romancer Ecclesia

    can’t wait.

  • Haganeren

    W-Whaaaaaaat ?
    You mean Zun ? The incorruptible PC developper ?

    I’m shocked… But i’m not necessarily against..

    • John Hayabusa

      Isn’t ZUN a single person? He single-handedly created Touhou from the beginning.

      • Haganeren

        Yes, i think he have a friend tester or something but that’s all.

    • ekibyougami

      The anti-corporate Lord General has given in! ;A;

      Welp, wherever he goes. I’ll follow.
      This conference fully convinced me to buy a PS4 regardless though.

    • KaguyaHouraisan

      They’re not games by ZUN. They’re fanmade games.

  • Jadfish

    Sony just strechted out an arm, grabbed ZUN, and a million Touhou fans bought PS4’s.
    Makes me wonder why they haven’t tried this befo- never mind I’m sure they did. ZUN was just sober enough to talk to this time.

  • chroma816

    In-fucking-credible. Never did I think I’d see the day when ZUN got sober enough to sign a deal with Sony and holy shit now he has a game on PS4. Day one import, regardless of translation status.

    • KaguyaHouraisan

      Misleading article. They’re not games by ZUN. They’re fanmade games.

      • Haganeren

        Well, in the news they clearly say : “Zun, the creator of the Touhou Project, is working with Sony on a PlayStation 4 game.”. At most, we don’t ever know if it’s a Touhou game or not, we only know it’s a Zun game.

        Additionally, yes, it appears to have some fanmade game (i cross finger for a localization of the Ys Touhou) and in the news, it also say “not only will you get to play the Touhou Project titles on PlayStation 4”.

        This project apparently have multiple facet, it allows Touhou games (the originals, made by Zun) to be played and, apparently, some fan made game.

        But we don’t really know. If we refer to the first picture (which Siliconera didn’t made) there is clearly the name “ZUN” on it though…

        • KaguyaHouraisan

          The news was barely a few lines long when I commented, and all it said was that the Touhou Project games were coming to PS4.

          The tweet by Playstation JP account clearly mentions the terms “fan series” ( ) and it mentions ZUN because obviously Touhou Project is ZUN’s and they partnered with him for this.

          Also, even if the news says “Zun, the creator of the Touhou Project, is working with Sony on a PlayStation 4 game.”, that could very well be wrong. All that was shown was gameplay of Fushigi no Gensokyo 3, The Genius of Sappheiros and Touhou Sky Arena, all 3 being fanmade games. And the article itself in its edited version states it won’t be about ZUN’s work but that of doujin groups.

          • Haganeren

            Humm, i see, maybe Siliconera have something else than the tweet by now ? Also, maybe we could play the old original PC Touhou on PS4 but it’s not ZUN itself which will make the port ? Well, we will see.

            On another subject, Touhou Sky Arena and Genius of Sappheiros (which i didn’t knew) seems quite cool also. ah ah.

      • chroma816

        Isn’t that almost ironic? ZUN’s games themselves are doujin games and now fans are making their own?

  • John Hayabusa

    I always wanted to try Touhou and find out why it has a very big fanbase. Would play this.

    • Jadfish

      Try out Touhou 10 Mountain of Faith.
      It’s the one I usually use to introduce people to it (it’s for PC ofc)

      As to why it has a big fan-base? I don’t know. The games are cool but I think that at least 50% of the fan-base haven’t played them before

      • AkuLord3

        That’s not hard, its the characters and the fan stories or even the fan games that aren’t shmups

  • aizen310

    My body… what is this feeling? Is this real life?

  • Renaldi Saputra

    maybe this is done for competing with Kancolle, eh?

    • Saigyouji

      Do not think so. Kancolle for PSVita will be an official game, while PS4’s Touhou will be mostly made of doujin games (Which some of are excellent).

      As a fan of both of them. I do think it’s great !

  • jengo

    Was this the guy holding the beer? I can dig…

    • AkuLord3

      Zun with Beer…OMG : o

  • YagamiShinji

    Just a reminder that the games showed are not being developed by ZUN. They are doujin games that are also released on PC.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      No biggie, since the fan games are positively amazing

    • Matty

      Are any of the titles shown not recognized, or ‘exclusive’ in some form?

      • YagamiShinji

        Nope, they are ports from PC games from several famous doujinshi groups. Console exclusive, but not a platform exclusive.

        Might as well wait before buying a PS4 because I’m 80% sure that a PS Vita port will happen. These games are a better fit for PS Vita than PS4.

        • Matty

          Vita ports of these doujin games sounds pretty awesome..

          What a crazy title though, I thought it was some exclusive ZUN game on PS4.

  • Matt

    The bullet hell shooter?! Wow!! I’m glad!

  • Jettythesunfish

    Concerning this, ZUN has chimed in with: “Just to get it out of the way, this does not mean that I will be releasing. (Not saying for what)”

    Not certain what this means, though.

  • Peace Legacy

    Guys, guys, just a reminder that the ported games are doujin games by different developers
    The main official games still remain Doujin PC games release on PC… so let’s just chill for now folks
    *Might as well get hyped, PS4 is but a specialized PC so putting it that way and the deal doesn’t seem that bad. More accessibility of doujin games would encourage doujin developers of Touhou fangames to make even more fangames… can’t see the harm in that*

    • Namuro

      Hmm… I see.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Almost had a bloody heart attack hearing this. Goddamn!!!

    • Mar Mar

      Today is April 1st, is it not?


    • CirnoTheStrongest

      I nearly did too when it was shown during the conference o_o
      I…j.ust could not believe my eyes/ears. Nothing else mattered at that point. Finally….after so many long awaited years, Touhou was coming to consoles. This also opens up many possibilities for official localizations and makes it so we can buy/support these games without living in Japan.

  • ivanchu77

    Touhou on a console!? O_O

    Kinda unexpected to be honest….

    • Shippoyasha


  • Armageddon

    Now here’s a title I never thought of seeing in a console.
    Rejoice touhou fans, I know I am :D

  • BrokenSkullZero

    My only experience with Bullet hells are Cave’s games. How do these compare?

    • Peace Legacy

      They don’t
      These are not the official shooter touhou games but rather fangames by different Doujin groups where the gameplay is anything but shmup

    • KaguyaHouraisan

      To answer your question, CAVE games are in my opinion better, and objectively more difficult than Touhou games.

    • Paz Legalces

      To answer your question, Touhou games are in my opinion better, and difficulty less cheap than CAVE games

      • KaguyaHouraisan

        And you had to mimic my comment because?

        • icup ✔️

          the internet doesn’t need a reason to be itself. it just is.

          • KaguyaHouraisan

            Fair point.

    • Ultimaniacx4

      IMO Touhou games aren’t as tough and ZUN’s art sucks. They usually start off slow for the first 2 or 3 levels before ramping up. But the music is great and the themes are pretty good. Every character is the embodiment of some sort of myth or legend: vampire, dragon, ghost, phoenix, gods, oni, tons of different yokai etc, all portrayed as girls. And you can tell a lot of thought went into the way they attack you. Shot patterns have just as much personality as any of them, whether it’s the chinese dragon and her fireworks or the night sparrow blacking out your screen. The characters are all so eccentric and likeable even though you only get a couple lines of dialogue for some of them, but that’s where the fan works come in. So many great fan manga and animations

      • dreznovk

        “The characters are all so eccentric and likeable even though you only get a couple lines of dialogue for some of them, but that’s where the fan works come in”

        What about the official print work ? Everyone seem to forgot about them even though they are the one which flesh out the characters most and give them an actual canon personality and background.

        • Ultimaniacx4

          Thanks for pointing that out. I guess it’s a little too easy to forget about them when there’s just so many more doujin works. But yes, those are definitely where you can learn most about them.

  • Thats extremely interesting, I like Touhou but I kinda suck at it =P

  • TrevHead

    Touhou on PS4? Someone hit me

  • Go2hell66

    A shmup?

  • Foxeh Shihōin
  • KaguyaHouraisan

    It is not a new game. It’s fanmade games being ported to PS4.

  • pekikuubik


    … is what I’d say if I hadn’t read the comments. Siliconera’s sensationalist headlines and stories with zero info strike again.

    • CirnoTheStrongest


  • Max

    ZUN just greenlighted old touhou fangames to be ported to the PS4.
    There’s no new game in development for the PS4 and actual touhou games aren’t going anywhere.

    • TalesOfBS

      Which means rip official touhou anime since even money hats won’t be able to bring that.

  • Guest

    WHAT!!? Seriously!!!?

  • Namuro

    Yup, just watched the trailer. They’re all “fan games”, not the official ones.

    Should have added the word “fan” in the title there, Mr. Spencer.

  • artemisthemp

    Looks like TGS this year will be very exciting for both Eastern and Western PlayStation gamer’s.

    BTW did anyone catch the Western release date for this title?

  • Bullethell just got upgraded!

    ’bout time though…. :S

    • AkuLord3

      Like it needed one..been upgraded long ago bro

      • PC -> Console. Took them a long time to realize ;)

        • Wappuli

          But there have been very good shmups on consoles for some time already, some of them being quite a lot more bullethelly than Touhous.

          And even when these are going to be Touhou-games, it doesn’t mean that they will be shmups since they are doujin-games(but it’s likely that there will be some, dont get me wrong) atleast none of the three mentioned there are shmups. Touhou doujin-games tend to be some other genres because all official games are shmups and are good enough already.

          • Let’s hope for the best they don’t screw this up. Even though shump lovers won’t mind.

            Love to see them heading to the consoles though, the original Touhou games that is (prolly won’t happen)….

  • Chardo

    judging from the trailer, it seems like a project to bring many fan-made touhou games from comiket like genious of sappheiros to the ps4 and vita, we still need more details, I would LOVE to play something like the ys-inspired touhou games on a ps4 or koumajou densetsu.

  • makubexnas

    even though i wont get to play this game….i’m still going to lick my PS4..

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “Touhou fans will make it and grow it, together with PlayStation”

    Considering Touhou is more well-known for the sheer amount of fan works surrounding it than the games themselves, that kind of goes without saying. =P

  • Ultimaniacx4

    Just release all the official games already! I will buy them all!

  • Saigyouji

    The time has come :D

  • MrTyrant

    Zun sell himself!! Need ps4 now, hot damn.

  • Chris Cruz

    That ESoD Horizontal remake should go nicely here. It’s easily the most graphically advanced Touhou Doujin game out there. On level with, dare I say, Astebreed. In graphics anyway.

  • Dialga Indigo Brite

    Gimme RKS for PS3 with a save feature and easy mode!

  • Xорошо 不死鳥 Zikk

    Oh ho I remember these. Sounds great :D

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. So fan-games OF Touhou will be released on PS4, but not the actual Touhou shooters? Guess that’s a thing… are these fangames other shooters, or fighting games or what?

    • KaguyaHouraisan

      Various different genres.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      touhou fan-games cover almost every fucking genre that exists (no joke)

      • Göran Isacson

        I see. As someone who has only seen one of the shooter games and… what I THINK is an official fighting game, I’m pretty much a Touhou noob. It really is THAT popular then, I suppose?

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          There is two official Touhou fighting games. And yes. Touhou is that popular in japan. i believe that until last year more than half of Comiket was just touhou stuff

          • KaguyaHouraisan

            Three* official fighting games. Exclusing the expansion pack for one of them.

  • MitsukiIX

    And none of the game in there are main series entries. lol

  • icup ✔️

    time to get a ps4.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Just another great announcement for the PS4.

  • Vermont

    Terrible. Now console kiddies will ruin this series!

    • TheBlackRabbit

      this attitude is horrible.

      • FetusZero

        It’s pretty sad to say, but a very large portion of the TH fanbase have a terrible attitude.

        With that said, the games I’d see best on console have to be Koumajou Densetsu and Youyou Kengeki Musou.

        • TeachDRRR

          Koumajou Densetsu would be awesome on consoles. I’d love to see a 3rd game released on the PS4.

    • James Robert Thompson

      I don’t think ZUN would let them; this isn’t Bethesda we’re talking about…

  • MaidKillua

    PS4 confirmed for porn machine (C’mon we all know what most Touhou fanwork is). In all seriousness though, hopefully the official games make it on there too

    • PJ

      That depends, does the PS4 offer a service that allows distributors to upload comics so that people can read them? Because that’s exactly what “most Touhou fanwork” is. No? Oh, hey, not a porn machine.

      • MaidKillua

        It was a joke dude. Hence why I prefaced my next statement with “in all seriousness though”. To imply that what came before it was in fact, not serious

        • dreznovk

          I hope the “most Touhou fanwork is porn” is also a joke as well ’cause i have been reading nothing but SFW work ever since i became Touhou fans, and there are a lot of them.

          • Ricewarrior

            Not too much of a joke. I wouldn’t say it’s gone too out of hand, but there is quite a collection out there. Then again, a lot of doujin works (doesn’t matter what series) tend to have their fair share of perverted stuff.

            Though if you mostly read the ones translated by fangroups then it makes sense why you haven’t seen any since they don’t really focus on the heavily sexualized ones. Good decision too IMO.

          • KaguyaHouraisan

            Most Touhou fanwork is music, games and non-explicit original stories and manga. Maybe the majority of what you’ve seen is porn, but that doesn’t factually make the majority of Touhou fanworks porn.

          • Ricewarrior

            Never said anything about the majority of the works being porn.

            Just there’s is a large collection of it. Enough for anyone to crack a joke like “Touhou is porn.” So the joke’s origin is understandable.

  • MrTyrant

    Gensou shoujo taisen in HD please.

    • TeachDRRR

      And in English please. Although I doubt it sadly.

  • zeroroute

    Surprised he hasn’t tried to get Nesica versions of his games into arcades. Maybe he’s too chicken because of all the patterns he’s copied.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    But…What about the main series? Until I see main series Touhou this is nothing in my opinion.

    • HackerReimu

      I can’t imagine playing a bullet hell with a controller… way too fidgety

  • MXC

    The type of Indies that I prefer right here.

  • JustAPrinny

    Now only if we could get some english releases of said games but we probably will not sadly.

  • What? ._.

  • Ricewarrior

    Great announcement.

    but knowing Zun on how he treated foreign distribution policies before, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Nihon onry.

    • HackerReimu

      These games previously weren’t available unless you got them at Comiket or imported it online. Them being on console is already one huge step in the globalization of the series and it’s clear ZUN wants to bring the series to a wider audience than the usual niche crowd.

      • MLSabre

        It’s just it’ll take a long while before that happens. Still, better than “No Export for You”, right?

  • Alex


  • Kornelious

    Wow! I don’t think me or ANYONE saw this coming O_O]

    It sure is a unique idea, I’ve seen many fan-made Touhou games before so it will be nice to play some of those while also having the tools to make your own…I’m just glad Touhou if receiving some official recognition for once :)

    • Guest

      At least Western recognition (besides that one Bad Apple thing).

      • Kornelious

        Wait, it’s being released in the west!?

        • dreznovk

          At BitSummit 2014, ZUN said that he had an idea to publish Touhou PC games overseas, starting from the older games. It was just an idea though, not set in stone plan so don’t get your hope too high.

          • Kornelious

            TO LATE! XD

          • Hound

            Oh wow.. I’d love to re-re-buy copies of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Perfect Cherry Blossom, Imperishable Night, and Shoot the Bullet in a single collection if that happens..

            I’m not big on Phantasmagoria, Eastern Wonderland, Subterranean Animism, Mountain of Faith, or UFO though..

            Playing Highly Responsive to Prayers without graphical seizures would be lovely if it could happen…

            oooo a collection of several of the games in a package would be nice. I’m one of those odd ones that went out of their way to get the Gundemonium collection on PS3 (they’re not very special.)

            This is exciting though. There’s a lot of Touhou stuff out there. Releasing some popular doujin games based on it and a number of the originals to the west would have me swooning over the Vita and PS4.

            I’d love to kiss Sony’s big honking boots for bringing THIS type of indie stuff though. Only the news of Cave Story for 3DS has been this caliber.

            *Praying PS4/Vita gets Super Marisa Land thanks to this… for I would buy it until I run out of rent money <3*

          • Ultimaniacx4

            No! it’s the opposite! Get super hype! People in these positions say these things to gauge interest. If you don’t care then they won’t do it.

  • Gobbles

    These games shown here are all quite good I think. I know The Genius of Sappheiros is quite excellent. I really hope some off them will get an official english translation.

  • CirnoLakes




  • Marik78

    Please note that this is also coming to the PS Vita.
    For people who don’t know about the serie, that would be nice to have the officials games included too… We’ll find out during the TGS.

    Here’s the link, check the bottom:

  • Hound

    Please add New Super Marisa Land, Please add New Super Marisa Land, Super Marisa Land~ *Sets wallet in-front of PS3 as a spiritual offering*

    I hope the PS3 can channel the spirit of a PS4 T__T

  • Yan Zhao

    Thank GOD Playstation is region free. I’ll be grabbing these off the PS Store :D

  • Setsu Oh

    alright touhou fans,a good nnews for you. i have yet to get on that wagon.

    btw i’m looking for what looks like a touhou game character starring in a n anime. it is a white haired young cute girl a bit like Rei ayanami but with something like a chalkboard spongetied up on the top of her head. she lives away from a village in the forest, goes out of it to sell stuff there.i think it is a 12 eps series. I cant find it again.i think she sees or/and is a yôkai.

  • good news

    • Otakuro

      I second that

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