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  Shmup Fans Rejoice - Natsuki Chronicles Launches on PlayStation ® 4 and Steam Today
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Gothenburg, Sweden - February 18th, 2021 - Thunderful Publishing, Rising Star Games and japanese boutique developer Qute Corporation today announced that its dramatic side scrolling shoot ’em up Natsuki Chronicles will be digitally launching on Steam and PlayStation® 4 today, priced at $/€19.99 / £15.99. First Press Games will also be preparing a limited edition physical release for Natsuki Chronicles and its vertical scrolling shoot ’em up companion game Ginga Force, in Q2 2021 for PlayStation 4.

Natsuki Chronicles is a side scrolling shooter where players are placed in the cockpit of rookie pilot Natsuki, as she protects her planet from eco-terrorists stealing their natural resources! This critically acclaimed shooter boasts a ton of content including:
  • A Story Mode with an intersecting narrative that runs parallel with Ginga Force, alternating between the past and present over 10+ intense stages.
  • An Arcade Mode for a quick bullet hell fix, complete with online leaderboards.
  • A huge selection of customization options with over a hundred weapons, echoing its predecessor Ginga Force.
  • A wide variety of equipment discoverable throughout the game, making for added replay value as players add to their collection.
  • The innovative "Bullet Trajectory Display" system, allowing players to observe the direction of enemy bullets, giving them a way to navigate through this bullet hell!
Natsuki Chronicles is a horizontal arcade shooter that tells the immersive story of pilot Natsuki as a member of the Rapid Defence Force fighting to protect their cache of energy rich element Septonium from getting into the hands of eco-terrorists. This horizontal shooter has a story that runs in parallel with the cult classic vertical shooter Ginga Force, playing both games offers two bullet hell experiences, with an intersecting narrative! Coupled with this intriguing premise and incredible gameplay innovations with intense action throughout, Natsuki Chronicles caters to shooter veterans and newcomers alike - bullet hell has never felt so addictive.

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“Natsuki Chronicles is the ultimate bullet hell shooter experience with its bright graphics, slick gameplay and incredible replayability.” said Tyrone Walcott, Product Manager at Rising Star Games. “Fans loved it on Xbox One and so we’re thrilled to announce that PlayStation 4 and Steam players will be able to immerse themselves in Natsuki’s action adventure very soon.”

Natsuki Chronicles was initially announced during the Tokyo Game Show 2014 releasing on Xbox One on December 25th, 2019 to critical acclaim:

“Natsuki Chronicles is one of the more enjoyable bullet-hell shooters I’ve played in quite some time. It nails the addictive nature of the classic arcade titles, and wraps it up in some gorgeous visuals and excellent level design.”
8.5/10 – Xbox Tavern

“One of the best shooters of recent times”
8.5/10 – Vandal

“There’s some great level design to enjoy here”
7.8/10 – IGN Japan
For avid video game collectors, First Press Games are releasing limited edition physical versions of Ginga Force and Natsuki Chronicles for the PlayStation 4 in Q2 of 2021. Available for purchase individually or as a special combo bundle, these limited releases come in a luxury box set containing a two CD soundtrack, Blu-Ray case with special sleeve and colour manual and more exclusive items. All details can be found on the First Press Games website:  

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Thunderful Publishing

About Thunderful Publishing
Thunderful Publishing is a games publishing company, founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. Part of the Thunderful Group, which also includes development studios Zoink Games and Image & Form, and publisher Rising Star Games, Thunderful Publishing focuses on premium PC and console games for a worldwide audience and is the publisher behind award-winning games such as Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh, Lonely Mountains: Downhill and Curious Expedition 2.

About Rising Star Games
Rising Star Games was established in 2004 as a joint partnership between Nintendo's Nordic distributor, Bergsala, and Japanese publisher Intergrow. Over the past 15 years we have been helping Japanese developers and publishers reach a global audience with a diverse catalogue of games from family favourites like Harvest Moon and Hello Kitty to cult classics like Deadly Premonition, La Mulana and No More Heroes. In 2018 Rising Star Games was acquired by Swedish gaming group, Thunderful, with a mission to be the Home of Japanese Games.

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Vincent Abel (EU & Oceania)
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Jeffrey Matulef (Americas)
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