Visual novel remake Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon heads West in “summer” 2024

Two stories from 1999's Tsukihime, remade.

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A promo image for Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon, showing Shiki, Arc, and Ciel.

The remake of celebrated visual novel Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon launched for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan during August 2021. It will take nearly three years, but the game is now set to launch in the West during “summer” 2024 (think Q3, or approximately June-September). It be released both digitally and physically; a physical limited edition has been announced, but digital editions will be announced later on.

Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon compiles two stories that make up the Near Side of the Moon portion of the original Tsukihime (released in 1999): Arcueid’s scenario (Moon Princess) and Ciel’s scenario (Midnight Rainbow). The original game’s creator has painstakingly disassembled and rebuilt the story, changing the setting to Tokyo during the 2010s and expanding the narrative. This version of the story promises hard-hitting tension and realism.

Shiki Tohno was gravely injured at a young age and banished to a distant relative’s home. He lived there in peace until news of his father’s death arrives. He returns home and finds his sister, Akiha, living with two maids after inheriting his father’s position. And so begins Shiki’s life of luxury with the illustrious Tohno family… but it doesn’t quite sit right with him. Familiar sights awaken fragmented memories for days until he ends up passing by a monster in the shape of a human.

Ciel’s scenario begins after Shiki meets the popular upperclassman on the morning trail. They become close quickly. Shiki’s school days are lively thanks to his colourful best friend and a new teacher, but the good times won’t last. A string of killings has the city on high alert, and Shiki finds himself in a pit of despair thanks to his own actions. But someone’s heartfelt words offer him a lifeline. They come from Ciel.

Related reading: Visual novels often have “bad” endings, which can be just as valuable as “good” endings. Here, Harvard discusses that idea.

Arc(ueid)’s scenario begins when Shiki, in a haze, crosses paths with the enigmatic woman. As a result, Shiki ends up involved in a battle between inhuman vampires beyond human comprehension.

Developed by Type-Moon and published by Aniplex, Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon will be released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the West during “summer” (Q3) 2024.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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