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Touhou Project Game 18 Will Appear in May 2021

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ZUN announced Touhou Project game number 18, Rainbow Dragon Cave ~ Unconnected Marketeers at the end of February 2021. Rainbow Dragon Cave ~ Unconnected Marketeers will be a mainline entry in the long-running Touhou Project series of bullet hell shooters. The game will be released in May 2021.

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The plot for Rainbow Dragon Cave ~ Unconnected Marketeers will follow protagonist Reimu Hakurei as she investigates mysterious magical cards that started appearing around town. The cards contain the secrets of both people and youkai, but aside from that, the who’s, why’s, and how’s of the cards are a complete mystery.

While only Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi, and Sanae Kochiya will be playable, the four of them can collect abilities from numerous other characters as they solve the mystery behind the cards. Aside from collecting powers through the story, players can purchase them from an in-game shop. According to ZUN, Rainbow Dragon Cave ~ Unconnected Marketeers will be a rather challenging bullet hell game, just like previous games in the Touhou series.

ZUN also showed off early screenshots of Touhou Project game number 18:

There will be a playable demo at the Reitaisai convention, which will be held at Twin Messe Shizuoka on March 21, 2021. Though not a mainline game, the other latest addition to the Touhou Project series is a Puzzle Bubble mash-up rhythm game titled Touhou Spell Bubble. It is currently available on the Nintendo Switch.

Touhou: Rainbow Dragon Cave ~ Unconnected Marketeers will be the 18th official entry in the Touhou Project series. The finished game will be available for purchase in May 2021.


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Stephanie is a senior writer who has been writing for games journalism and translating since 2020. After graduating with a BA in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing, she spent a few years teaching English and history before fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a writer. In terms of games, she loves RPGs, action-adventure, and visual novels. Aside from writing for Siliconera and Crunchyroll, she translates light novels, manga, and video games.