Do you remember the 2007 Japanese indie gem Rosenkreuzstilette? You know, the one that was basically a love-letter to Mega Man and 8/16-bit retrogaming in general? Well, get ready to gear up: the game is receiving a modern publication on Steam and Playism on February 3.
Back in 2009, the rather niche English fan translation group Darkside Translations devoted several months to bringing the game to a wider audience with a well-received release. Darkside gained attention for its 2002 re-translation of Mega Man X. Thereafter, certain members of the group gained space in the industry with quality assurance for Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, and further contributions to ef - a fairy tale of the two and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Now, ten years after RKS’s initial release in Japan, developer Active Gaming Media took notice of Darkside's pedigree and took them on as the official translation team for the Rosenkreuzstilette series. The group was rechristened as Darksquid Media.
While the story for Rosenkreuzstilette is unique enough (rather than futuristic, it’s more of a medieval fantasy), the gameplay and music is where it really shines. It adapts the classic formula we all know and love and brings it to life with detailed visuals, tight gameplay, and a memorable soundtrack. Gone are the Robot Masters and in their place are various characters (former comrades of the game’s heroines) that must be defeated in order to gain entrance to a certain castle. The game certainly features its share of challenge, but should be approachable and enjoyable for fans of the genre.
According to Darksquid’s TDOMMX (Leif Landevag), RKS will most likely be followed up with a release of its 2012 sequel, Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. What’s on their agenda after that? Nothing is officially confirmed, but TDOMMX says he would love to work (officially or unofficially) on retranslating/redubbing the PlayStation Mega Man X titles. Now, if only we could get them to work on Mega Man 8…
Anyway, go check out Rosenkreuzstilette on Steam - you should be in for a treat!
Guest post by Jessica "Allaweh" Brown