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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

On Toukiden 2, Japanese culture, and cute, fluffy foxes

Interview by Matt S.

Koei Tecmo has very big plans for the Toukiden franchise. A rarity for the prolific developer/ publisher, it is a new IP that isn’t being produced in collaboration and under license with a different IP holder, and the company sees that as a significant opportunity.

“It is something that we are looking to build into one of our key franchises,” Toukiden 2's producer, Takashi Morinaka, said. “We do want to expand out the world. If we can make Toukiden games that are based outside of the hunting action genre, and perhaps even into comics, that is something we would like to do.”

We’re already seeing the first signs of that happening. Koei Tecmo has released a number of mobile games based on Toukiden in Japan. The company has also produced a series of promotional anime set in its world. The upcoming Musou All Stars title, Koei Tecmo’s version of Smash Bros, will have at least one character drawn from the series.

As for the world itself, currently it’s set in a distinctly Japanese location, but Toukiden 2 has a character in it from a western culture. This might just be an indication of where the core Monster Hunter-like franchise might go next, Morinaka said with a laugh.

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