If you're like me, you've often thought about learning a new language but are unsure about what is the best way to start. While perusing Japanese learning tools for when this pandemic gets under control, I came across a stunning new RPG called Shujinkou that aims to help all learn this beautiful language in a way that will stick. 

From the studio Rice Games comes Shujinkou, a 2-D JRPG that is coming out next year and aims to help gamers learn how to both speak and write in the below traditional Japanese languages: 

  • Hiragana
  • Kanji
  • Katakana

Each of the above writing languages will be used as weapons in-game with text in Japanese, Romaji, and English, which will allow for easier association and retention. 

 

The game is designed to help with both speaking and writing the Japanese language in a way that will help make pros out of each gamer that tries it out. According to the studio, Shujinkou will provide over 50 hours of gameplay for its core narrative and will offer various ways players can take on this title in a way that makes learning the most accommodating.

There will be missions, combat, and a progression that will ensure that what is being learned sticks, which is vital when looking to become proficient in any language, much less Japanese. 

According to the game's official description, "With an art style influenced by modern JRPGs and a modernized style of Ukiyo-e, a Music Team led by Brian LaGuardia, a formal apprentice to The Avengers' Alan Silvestri, and Programmers that attended prestigious universities like UCLA, Stanford, Cornell and have work experience at companies including Panasonic, Unity, and Microsoft, the team at RICE GAMES is gearing up to provide the ultimate language-infused gaming experience to gamers around the world that are passionate about everything Japanese."

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We don't have a release date at this time for Shujinkou, but we do know it will be coming out early next year, but you can check out the website right here to keep tabs! 

What do you think about using a game to learn a new language like Japanese? Does Shujinkou have any interest for you? Sound off with your thoughts over on Twitter @PrimaGames, we'd love to hear what you think!