The New Years' livestream celebrating popular mobile app Fate/grand order ended with an unexpected announcement. Tsukihime, which translates as "Moon Princess," the very first visual novel from studio TYPE-MOON, will be receiving a remake in Summer 2021.
Tsukihime initially released on December 29, 2000 exclusively for PC. It gained some popularity for its deep, intricate lore and well-written characters, but author Kinoko Nasu would not achieve mainstream success until his second visual novel, Fate/stay night, which initially released in 2004 and went on to spawn a number of sequels and spinoffs including the record-shattering app Fate/grand order.
A remake of Tsukihime was initially announced by TYPE-MOON in 2008, but was frequently delayed as the studio chose to focus on Fate/ related projects and other original properties. However, during the live stream, it was confirmed that Summer 2021 is the official release date. Entitled Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, the remake will be coming out for both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It will feature updated art and animation, full voice acting, and new content - possibly including new endings and an entirely new scenario.
The current stated release date is only for the Japanese version of the game. An English version has not yet been announced, but seems likely due to the popularity of Fate/grand order in the West.
Tsukihime tells the story of Shiki Tohno, a boy with the ability to see "lines of death" on any person he meets. When Shiki, who was exiled from his family long ago, is suddenly summoned back to the imposing Tohno mansion, he is pulled into a world of vampires, vampire hunters, ancient curses, family secrets, and dangerous immortals who want nothing more than to see him dead. The original visual novel blended the supernatural and romance genres, with five different girls available for Shiki to date. It also contained erotic content; it has not yet been confirmed whether the remake will retain or remove these scenes.
An extended preview of the remake, which introduces Shiki and the five main heroines as well as the game's planned opening sequence, can be watched here.