Touhou Spell Carnival
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Compile Heart Reveals New Touhou Spell Carnival Game

Compile Heart opened up an official website, as well as uploaded a teaser trailer, for its new game Touhou Spell Carnival. The company had announced that this would be one of its new titles during October 2023. [Thanks, PR Times!]

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Touhou Spell Carnival will be a combination between a tactical RPG and a bullet hell. There will be various stage gimmicks, and you’ll move your characters from square to square on a grid map. There are a lot of bullets emanating from each character, but it’s unclear how you’re supposed to navigate that if it’s going to have TRPG elements. There will also be an exploration segment in which you can run around Gensokyo as Reimu. The only other Touhou character that we know will be in Spell Carnival so far is Marisa.

You can watch the trailer here:

Mai Nakahara will voice Reimu and Yumi Uchiyama will voice Marisa. In the past, Nakahara portrayed Rena in When They Cry and Estelle in Tales of Vesperia. Meanwhile, some of Uchiyama’s previous roles include Arrow in Fire Force and Rudeus Greyrat in Mushoku Tensei

In early October 2023, Compile Heart announced five upcoming games that it’s working on. Touhou Spell Carnival was one of those games. During the same interview in which Compile Heart discussed these projects, it explained that it wanted to focus on developing multi-platform games for a niche audience rather than a mass market. It also wants to take on a quantity over quality approach, which will help it to gauge consumer interest. Other games that Compile Heart is working on include Madou Monogatari 4 and Death end re;Quest Code: Zion.

Touhou Spell Carnival will come out on the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch some time in Spring 2024.

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