It may be a decade or two late, but Bandai Namco has finally decided to release a new free-to-play game based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s samurai manga Rurouni Kenshin. The franchise is notable for its clever use of historical figures as influences for most of its characters, and for being part responsible for One Piece author Eiichiro Oda’s career (Oda worked as an assistant for Nobuhiro Watsuki during the ‘90s), and it was a shame that the game adaptations were either lackluster or didn’t make it to the West.
We may be getting another chance at a game worthy of the Rurouni Kenshin license, though. As Bandai Namco’s free-to-play mobile game, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kengekikenran looks action-packed and uses an actual action 3D engine (as opposed to many cheap turn based RPGs on mobile that rely more on brand popularity and skinner box mechanics than actual fun gameplay.) The catch? It relies on card deck building for its gameplay, but it does lead to kickass scenes from the original anime that depict the character’s finishing moves and signature attacks.
You can check out how the game plays in the official trailer below:
Sadly, it’s meant for Japanese mobile for now. But if it proves popular enough, Western fans may get it as well. We did get the Dragon Ball, Naruto and One Piece mobile games, right? (sadly, we still don’t have Bleach: Brave Blade.)