KanColle Kai Brings Japan’s Hit Card Game With Girls Moe Warships To Vita

By Spencer . November 25, 2014 . 12:11am

Kantai Collection often abbreviated as KanColle was a breakout hit in Japan. This digital card game from DMM has moe-ified World War II warships, which gets a little strange when you combine cards to evolve warships. KanColle exploded in Japan similar to the Senran Kagura series and expanded with an anime plus a PlayStation Vita game from Kadokawa Games.


KanColle Kai is scheduled for spring 2015. The original browser game is the base for KanColle Kai, but the user interface has been redesigned for PlayStation Vita and the character and Kadokawa Games plans to make little changes that add strategic elements to the game.

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  • Kornelious

    Maybe if it’s popular enough it will warrant a western relase…..Kinda like Senran Kagura! :D

    • Land of Green Pasture

      I think in japan… it’s at least already 10x more popular than Senka.

      • fyi1191

        Well it’s Touhou level of popularity there. Can’t really compare at all.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Even Senran Kagura isn’t that popular in Japan

        • Land of Green Pasture

          that’s why I’m sayin’

    • KuroNathan

      Have to deal with the people in us who are uncomfortable with the moeification of one of the most atrocious foes the U.S. ever had to fight

      • darke

        Firstly US is not just the ‘west’. I’m sure everyone else isn’t carrying a hundred year old grudges.

        Plus I would find it quite unexpected if the target audience in the west could even name a tenth of these vessels, let alone their role in WWII.

        Anyway, odds are it’ll be a download-only release anyway, so it’s not as if it’ll be in retail stores. And given that that people who are interested in the game will be the ones who probably find ‘moe battleships’ an attractive concept anyway it’s not as if they’ll likely care that much.

        • KuroNathan

          realistically a game that does not do well in the U.S cannot be considered financially successful due to how small the other western markets are.
          And I’ve already seen people on this very site object to the IJN origins and are disturbed by and turned off by it. (Not me, I play the game almost religiously)

          • darke

            That does not make sense, do you have any references?

            If this was a contentious, supposedly pro-axis dudebro shooter releasing on the 360 I’d agree; but Sony game consoles have sold better outside of the US consistently over the years, especially since the PSP/Vita was mostly dead in the US, but stronger in the EU (despite the fact you can’t seem to find many games actually on the shelves to buy…), so you have to figure their software sales are equally stronger outside the US market.

            I can see how lower sales in the US due to a nearly century old grudge that no-one playing them was alive to experience might potentially reduce the sales, but I cannot how it would make it not “financially successful” by default.

            And honestly I’ve seen more people on this site object to “peeping tom” games (like that recent panty-shot taking one), or pure fanservice games (like the Senran Kagura cooking game), then I’ve seen complaining about kancolle.

            You could probably add complaints about male stripping in Akiba’s Trip and complaints about males in Neptunia games, to the list of “things people complain more about than ships in kancolle”; and they seem to be getting localised fine.

    • zzzSleeping

      It’s really easy to pick up this game even if you don’t know moonrunes.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Senran Kagura is bcos it’s by Marvelous
      if this is an online game too, it won’t hit west anyway

  • Shippoyasha

    I kind of want them to attempt an action/adventure game with this motif. I always wanted a Strike Witches action game too, btw. Or at least something like Queen’s Blade Spiral Chaos style game. Really glad for the people who waited for this though.

  • Tarkovsky

    Go go Shimakaze!

  • Aesma

    I see Hoppo! That means Amatsukaze is going to be there! …hopefully.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Hey didn’t know that everyone was drawn but different peoples

  • Gattai

    YES YES YES Finally there’s some news on this been waiting forever for it since I heard that they were going to make a vita version of this game.
    Well now the wait begins for spring 2015 I guess ._.

  • Dudemeister

    Oh, I remember this. You’d be surprised by how great the soundtrack in this game is.


  • Kotorin

    Ermmmm Card game? You don’t know anything about Kancolle do you?

    • Geebun

      The first sentence of the wikipedia page : “Kantai Collection […] is a Japanese free-to-play online CARD game developed by Kadokawa Games”. If that’s not what it is, then it’s pretty easy to get false information about it.

    • Zak Ledward

      If you select the girls they come up as cards. The resource rolling is just a complicated gacha system. “Fleets” are decks, though I guess equipment would be outside of the norm. I guess you could call it a RNG-hell Card game to be fair

  • Kantai Collection is getting an anime next year. Looking forward to it =^_^=

  • Wafflenaut

    But will it include Harbour Princess?

  • darke

    Have they mentioned the type of game yet? I assume it’s going to be yet another F2P always-online game like similar games on the system and it’s original browser platform game.

    • s07195

      Looks like it.

    • NegativeZero

      When they first announced it they seemed to be pitching it as more of a complete strategy RPG experience than the browser game. Remains to be seen if that’s still the case though.

      • darke

        That was my impression too. But given there’s already a bunch of F2P “browser-style” games on the Vita it would seem odd for them to move from the style that currently works.

        But this is a ‘spinoff’ by a different company, so I guess it’s quite possible that they’re making a more traditional mostly off-line experience. After all, Kadokawa have just made a SRPG, and have another in the pipeline as well.

        • NegativeZero

          I would have thought that doing it F2P browser-style would eat into the main game’s market at best, and at worst wouldn’t offer anything you couldn’t get in the actual game. If that was all they wanted to do they’d probably have been better served by making a HTML5 or similar front-end for it and just telling players to point their vita / ps4 / whatever web browser at that.

          Additionally the actual game doesn’t make very much money for Kadokawa apparently, they’re instead making a profit off all the merchandise and ancillary stuff like manga. Seems more likely that they’d probably want to release a retail game at retail prices and then charge for DLC on it.

          • KuroNathan

            Yeah as a pretty heavy player of the game I can attest that you don’t spend any money in game at all. they’re pretty generous with giving away cash shop items so the only thing you end up buying are things like ship expansion to hold more ships (the basic 100 slots is more then enough if you want to just beat every event) or wedding rings which are $7 each and only used on fully maxed out girls (so like, one every few months?).

          • NegativeZero

            Yeah, I’ve spent maybe $30 total (expanded to four repair docks and 120 slots) and played off and on for 18 months. It’s very generous. I think that’s a lot of why it’s been successful.

          • darke

            Makes sense. And yeah, the kancolle game just screamed merchandising-driven when I first saw it.

            Maybe they’re learning from the better western F2P modalities? Make free online game with minimal game-affecting IAP, and then make money on the associated stuff.

            Of course the guys making Angry Birds went the opposite way, minimal F2P fuss to excessive ‘micro’-payments and completely destroyed their brand goodwill.

  • Zak Ledward

    Playable Abyssal Fleet or no sale

    • Aesma

      It might happen, eventually. …still wondering what will happen if Destroyer Hime meets Harusame though…

  • Caboose

    Looks like Akizuki is in, that must mean that all ships up to the current event must be in as well. Slightly disappointed its going to be like the web browser version, but I don’t mind it as much. was hoping for something fresh.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Freaking finally. I hope its a complete game and not some F2P thing. Been waiting for t his since actually signing up for Kancolle is a pain in the ass.

  • Yan Zhao

    This would be a very good chance to let the western fans experience this game…come on Sony, do it. Vita need games :3

    • Ris Ris

      And to mark the end of the days playing the game using VPNs

  • Magicks

    So uh. I guess now’s a good time for me to get that JPN PSN account going.

  • zferolie

    … i never got this game… Other then the cute girls… it just seems to be a game the glroifies WW2 axis powers… unless I am reading WAY too deep into this.

    Girls are cute and hot though. Not sure if this is the touhou killer like a lot of people claim.

    • I think you may be reading too much into this. They never make any reference to the Nazis themselves, they’re just using the World War II ships as a starting point for their designs.

      The anime, actually, is taking place in a future where these girls are weapons to fight against a new threat (in an almost Arpeggio of Blue Steel style).

      So yeah, I think you may be reading a bit too much into this.

      As to being a Touhou killer, probably not. That series has such an ingrained fanbase now that it would be next to impossible.

      • ishyg

        What is Touhou?
        *noob me scratches head*

  • Arrngrim

    WHERE DO I PRE-ORDER?! :D Sold!!!

  • IsaacGravity

    *reads news with a content smile as he pets his Vita*

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