Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines gets new Wailers Way labyrinth; contest starts today

Plus, we catch up with the game’s creator, Shoji Masuda

Hello PlayStation Vita fans. On behalf of the Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines team, I am excited to announce some fun news for the game.

First, let’s kick things off with the in-game contest we are calling Wailers Way. Starting today, 28th May, and running until 10th June, there will be a newly named labyrinth called “Wailers Way”, which is a special area where the goal is to kill as many Oni as possible and to reach a minimum specified score.

If you succeed you’ll receive a bundle of in-game prizes, so join in the fun!

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We also recently caught up with the game designer, Shoji Masuda, and found out a few tidbits you might not know about Oreshika. Without further ado, it’s over to Masuda-san:

How did Kōchin get her name?
Shoji Masuda: First, it comes from the English word ‘coach’, because she’s the character who coaches and guides players in the game. It also comes from the Chinese word for North Star. It’s fitting because the North Star doesn’t move and shines down on you, watching over you – much like how Kōchin watches over your clan as you go through multiple generations struggling against the curse placed upon them.

Do you have favourite “last words” from within the game?
Shoji Masuda: For Oreshika, over 800 departing words were created for the game and my favourite one is, “Our numbers rise, our numbers fall, it is nothing more than the way of the world”. Those words perfectly represent what I felt the first time I held my firstborn in my arms.

What were some of the deciding factors in bringing the game to PS Vita?
Shoji Masuda: Oreshika is the type of game that you can pick up and play in a casual fashion – perfect for a handheld game console. Nowadays, people have an internet connection pretty much everywhere, which allowed the development team to add the function of players connecting their clans with other players’ clans and interacting with them wherever they happen to be.

Do you have any tips for mating with the Gods of Oreshika?
Shoji Masuda: If you’re a hardcore player who is focused on maximizing your stats, you can choose gods strategically. You could also pick them based on visual appearance. If you like the way a certain god looks, you’ll want to integrate their features into your clan. By picking gods based on visual characteristics, it might take you a bit longer to clear the game because you’re not hyper-focused on status parameters, but it wouldn’t stop you from having a good time!

Kōchin moves a lot when sitting still. What brought about all of her animations?
Shoji Masuda: If it were a male character, we wouldn’t have been able to make as many actions as we did. The game character creator for Kōchin basically fell in love with her as he was creating her. He just kept making more and more actions for her!

Being able to see the loot prior to battle is unique. What inspired you to include that game mechanic?
Shoji Masuda: As you play this game, you have to think about future generations. In the game, your character’s stats are passed on to the next generation. In the real world, a parent’s physical possessions and status in society are often passed down to children as well. With that in mind, we wanted players to see, for example, that there may be an item that they won’t get in this generation, but maybe in the next, or maybe there’s a special item that is bequeathed to you by your parent, who also got it passed down from their parent. We wanted players to develop an affection and treasure the items that they have.

We’re excited to leave you with one more exciting announcement before we sign off. We’ve been listening to our fans and we are pleased to release an Oreshika theme, complete with music and icons, for PS Vita and PlayStation TV via PlayStation Store on 10th June!

And if you still haven’t downloaded Oreshika yet, the game is available on the PlayStation Store for €19.99.

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Yaro-sensei 28 May, 2015 @ 17:13
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Coaching was a nickname that came up rather quickly. Funny its the actual origin. Also what are the prizes though?

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A lot more details were posted in NA thread.

Labyrinth A
Target score: 210,000 or higher
Prizes: Frenzy Torch (x2) and Sake (x5) = total of 7 items

Labyrinth B
Target score: 150,000 or higher
Prizes: Revival Seal (x4) and Poem (x5) = total of 9 items

About Wailer’s Way
“Wailer’s Way” is a special labyrinth where you can compete against other clans for points. Your aim at “Wailer’s Way” is simple – score as many points as you can, within the time limit. Multiple attempts are possible, and in fact, quite welcome! Going into the labyrinth won’t mark the passage of time, and all the items you take into the labyrinth will be restored when you leave. There’s really nothing to lose, so why not test your clan’s skill!

[Accessing Wailer’s Way]
Select “PSN” under ”Posting Settings” in “Network Settings” then select “Take the Field” in your Clan Residence, and “Wailer’s Way” will appear on the map.

[Scoring]
All you find inside of the chest, glory and spoils are points you can earn. (You won...

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A lot more details were posted in NA thread.

Labyrinth A
Target score: 210,000 or higher
Prizes: Frenzy Torch (x2) and Sake (x5) = total of 7 items

Labyrinth B
Target score: 150,000 or higher
Prizes: Revival Seal (x4) and Poem (x5) = total of 9 items

About Wailer’s Way
“Wailer’s Way” is a special labyrinth where you can compete against other clans for points. Your aim at “Wailer’s Way” is simple – score as many points as you can, within the time limit. Multiple attempts are possible, and in fact, quite welcome! Going into the labyrinth won’t mark the passage of time, and all the items you take into the labyrinth will be restored when you leave. There’s really nothing to lose, so why not test your clan’s skill!

[Accessing Wailer’s Way]
Select “PSN” under ”Posting Settings” in “Network Settings” then select “Take the Field” in your Clan Residence, and “Wailer’s Way” will appear on the map.

[Scoring]
All you find inside of the chest, glory and spoils are points you can earn. (You won’t be able to earn Devotion, Item and Money)
The damage you inflict will earn you points as well, so defeat as many oni-demons as you can.

*Please note that your points won’t count if the event ends while you’re still finishing “Wailer’s Way”.

[Record of results]
You can view the results of past competitions from “Contact” >”Competition Results” in your Clan Residence.

[Prizes]
Prizes will be given from Kochin at her monthly report. For those of you who manage to achieve the target score in both labyrinths, congrats, your clan is quite skilled and you will earn prizes for your achievements in both! Please note, you’ll need the monthly report twice to receive all your prizes.

Yaro-sensei 29 May, 2015 @ 15:01
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If it wasnt for your post I would probably never even find out how to access the dungeon. Thanks a lot!

Event will be available to all regions? And I mean Hong Kong.

Some ♥♥♥♥♥ decided to release Oreshika as a digital only deficient product (not suprising as another ♥♥♥♥♥ recently said that Vita is already a legacy system)… that is why I was forced to import Hong Kong version.

To my suprise Hong Kong version is in fact SCEE version. While in main menu you can even see that it was trademarked for SCEE. So aye… I have perfectly fine working version of marvelous game.

SONY in HK actualy can run properly business and knows exactly that not releasing retails is as good as killing their own system. Again… oh look…. House said that Vita is already part of legacy systems just as PSX, PS2, PSP.

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Can you get the DLC on your EU account with that HK copy though? If so I’ll import one.

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@ThugETH
Might be bit too late for that :(

Game just vanished from PlayAsia the same day it was released. I wasn’t even sure if I will receive my pre-order. No wonder as both NA and EU had to import it from tiny HK.

And no, you can’t use DLCs. But there are none that actually matters. Some useless bonuses, and 2 more gods (which is just a speck of number of normally available gods)

Still it is exactly the same version as SCEE has, because it is SCEE version. I can pick English, Deutsch and French language. Internet features work without any problems.

DizzyQViper 28 May, 2015 @ 18:37
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Have a source that says Vita is a legacy system?

Also Asia region is not all that amazing as it sounds. Some content on the Asia region store is mixed from all regions. For example the Vita Atelier games on the Asia region PSN store are a mix from of EU and NA versions meaning that people cant get costumes that only unlock if you have a save from the previous game because the regions dont match up. To make things even more confusing the Asian region psychical versions of the Atelier games are in Japanese instead of English like the digital versions.

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Oh btw. thx for interview with someone who at least cares for Vita! Not as you guys in SCEE and SCEA.

And how much will cost this new theme. The last one was total joke, anyone could do the same by just setting wallpaper.

KaneTheGoth 28 May, 2015 @ 18:52
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I see you’re in high spirits today, Archacus!

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Not really.

But whatever I will say good things or bad things some people will always complain, right? Whatever I will say some angry knight wannabe won’t be happy.

But that’s nothing new that I don’t have spec of respect for SCEE team. Releasing Oreshika as digital only wasn’t wise decision. There are publishers releasing like only 3k copies of retail game and someone claims that SONY themselves couldn’t do it? Don’t make me laugh.

They abandoned both Oreshika and Freedom Wars just after release. They weren’t even trying to advertise those games… Oreshika got finally tiny event… that’s good thing. Very good! But kinda late. After that stealth release, hiding out the status of Oreshika to avoid angry people who would start once again another petition.

Just today gaming press informed about Andrew House saying that Vita is Legacy Platform. How can I not be annoyed? I love Vita… simple as that.

supersmith2500 28 May, 2015 @ 19:04
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Least we’re getting a another Vita theme a week later after the US that is. We barely get any new themes.

So no art books for Europe then? One of the few contests I would actually want to enter but only for US

ohh cool.
Was afraid for a while that you had forgotten this gem :)
The game is absolutely beautiful and I for one really enjoy it.
And btw, really cool initiative :) Please keep on doing these ^^

I really want this game, held off for ages while I was finishing up my backlog of disgaea 4 and tales of celceta.

ohh 2 games that are worth playing as well ^^

Just a confirmation:

If anyone has Hong Kong version he still CAN access new dungeon.

After asking on NA blog I got reply that new theme will cost 1.99$ probably for us it means 2 EUR

Should’ve added in a discount as well, that would’ve really gotten the ball rolling.

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