Sega of America rolled out a formal announcement of its next anime fighting game, BLEACH: Dark Souls for the Nintendo DS. It will be released this summer. Here are some of the key points taken from the official press release:
Developed by famed Japanese developer Treasure and localized for North America , BLEACH: Dark Souls will feature a multitude of enhancements to last year’s critically acclaimed BLEACH: The Blade of Fate. These enhancements include multiplayer games with expanded personalization features, brand new special Bankai moves, 30 new Spirit Cards, power-enhancing crystals, as well as seven new gameplay modes. The BLEACH: Dark Souls storyline takes place in between seasons one and two of the animated series and was created exclusively for the game.
The BLEACH: Dark Souls game for Nintendo DS will mark the expansion of a dynamic cast of over 40 playable characters including Rukia, Kon and hero Ichigo. Gamers can spend hours furiously fighting while unlocking individual character stories, all based on an exclusive story arc created for BLEACH: Dark Souls.
"With an exclusive storyline, an expanded playable character roster and spectacular new Bankai moves, BLEACH: Dark Souls is set to build upon the critical success of BLEACH: Blade of Fate," said Don Mesa, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "The BLEACH franchise continues to gain momentum with anime fans and gamers alike in North America and SEGA is there to create a robust and exciting gaming experience that stays true to its anime roots."
"We are thrilled to once again partner with SEGA for the development of BLEACH: Dark Souls on Nintendo DS," states Linda Espinosa, Vice President, Content Management, VIZ Media. "SEGA games have enjoyed immense success in North America, BLEACH is a top seller in both Japan and the US , and we are expecting great fan response when BLEACH: Dark Souls releases with a multitude of new and exclusive features."