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Touhou 12 Announced

It’s Reitaisai season, and we all know what that means: new games.

This afternoon,  ZUN officially announced the release of the twelfth game in the Touhou franchise: 東方星蓮船 ~Undefined Fantastic Object. (Hereinafter referred to as UFO.)

Full translation from ZUN’s blog:

Commemorate! Touhou Project No. 12: Touhou Seirenbune

Well, scratch that. Don’t commemorate. Touhou Project No. 12:

“Touhou Seirenbune ~Undefined Fantastic Object.”

It feels the same as always, but I’ve fixed and balanced scoring. It’s fairly challenging.

I looked into difficulty a bit. Mm, it’s a bit easier now.

The story, in a nutshell:

“A rumor began in Gensokyo that, ever since some time before Spring, a treasure ship has been spotted in the sky. ‘What great luck!’ thought some,  and scrambled to board that ship. That’s why there were black shadows flying at high speed behind the ship.”

Something light-hearted like that. Sanae’s playable in this game, so that makes three. Each person had two objectives, but chose to chase the treasure ship (?) flying at high speeds.  It’s an almost astonishingly light-hearted plot… but.


The game is slated for completion Summer 2009.

There will be demo CDs for sale at Reitaisai, on March the 8th. If you’re interested, bring your pot stand or something.

The demo will be three stages, just like always. Actually, this game is ridiculously conventional. I started feeling nostalgic at some point.

That’s the translation. Cryptic as always. It does seem seperate bombs do make a return, a throwback to the pre-MoF days. That’s all the information we have for now. Look foward to it!

PS: I do not know the official romanization of UFO’s Japanese name. I apologize if it is incorrect; ZUN failed to state an official pronounciation.


  1. waha
    March 1st, 2009 | 1:54 pm

    Awesome~! Sanae will be in.
    Hope sakuya will be in this too, maybe some yuka? I can tottally imagine a yuka vs alien fight

  2. Vikusen
    March 3rd, 2009 | 10:04 pm

    Is that a boss in the picture? It reminds me a lot of Tokiko… Oh I really hope it is. I would be so happy!

  3. Patoyo
    March 5th, 2009 | 12:37 am

    Finally, Gensokyo have reached space age.

  4. The dutch metalhead
    March 5th, 2009 | 12:27 pm

    Can’t wait to play with Sanae^^

  5. Rincewind
    March 6th, 2009 | 3:31 am

    Wow! Sanae! Thats niiiiice!!! Double action miko for us! 😀

    And with a super cute looking Reimu, too. Awesome!
    (I know that Im asking for too much, but, can I have some Alice too? Please? :P)

  6. That guy
    March 8th, 2009 | 9:26 am

    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?
    Demo out yet?

  7. dgbarca
    March 8th, 2009 | 10:14 am

    Yes a demo is out

  8. DeckStar
    April 3rd, 2009 | 5:18 am

    HOURAISAN Kaguya anyone? Being “Lunatic” and “Alien” are quite different though.
    Sanae… a little “traditional” flavored I think. Poor Izayoi Sakuya…

    Separated bomb slot… I’d rather have Th10’s “1 extra power slot”(power_max=5, drone_max=4) system, which makes me feel safer (since P’s are relatively easier to regain, while Bomb’s a separated item).

    As for shots, Sanae’s shot looks “WTF?” when compared to Reimu’s “Mahjong” and Marisa’s lasers we got used to.

    The demonstrated danmaku’s are kinda weak BTW.

  9. Alice
    May 20th, 2009 | 5:52 am

    It is Seirensen.

    Sanae B is very effective, thanks to Suwako.

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