D3 Publisher has updated the website for Samurai Maiden, adding new details about the game’s characters and combat mechanics. In addition to revealing each character’s backstory and voice actress, the website also dives into the game’s Devoted Heart romancing system.
Touted as a “Girls Sword-fighting Action” game, Samurai Maiden features a cast of four main characters. The main playable character, Tsumugi Tamaori, is a schoolgirl from the 21st century. However, she is suddenly transported to the Sengoku period during history class. Luckily, she learned swordsmanship at her grandfather’s dojo. The Japanese description of her character notes that she is “popular with girls, but is seemingly unaware of this fact.” Her voice is Yuki Yomichi, who voiced Koguma in Super Cub.
Other characters include ninjas Iyo, Hagane, and Komimi. Miku Itou, who voices Miku Nakano in Quintessential Quintuplets, voices Iyo. Sumire Uesaka, who voices Hayase Nagatoro in Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, voices Hagane. Miyu Tomita, who voices Miko Iino in Kaguya‑Sama: Love Is War, voices Komimi
Samurai Maiden‘s combat involves a combination of swordsmanship and ninjutsu. While slashing through monsters, Tsumugi is capable of summoning her ninja allies and using their abilities. Additionally, Tsumugi can also initiate the “forbidden” Devoted Heart technique. It’s activated through physical contact, with kissing her ninja allies being the strongest way to boost her power. However, there is a caveat: players must start with the simplest forms of affection before graduating to full-blown kissing sessions.
Samurai Maiden is in development for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The game will release sometime in Winter 2022. Owners of the PS4 version will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free.