Crunchyroll is getting into gaming, Mashable reported. On Tuesday, the anime streaming service launched Crunchyroll Game Vault, a destination for mobile games, for both its Mega and Ultimate Fan subscribers.
The company said the Game Vault is now available for Android users and will be available on iOS “very soon.” The Game Vault launched with five titles – Captain Velvet: The Jump+ Dimensions, River City Girls, Wolfstride, Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery, and Inbento, and won’t have in-app purchases. The games will also be “free,” although you’d already be paying either $10 or $15 for a Crunchyroll subscription.
GameSpot reported that anime fans will soon have a new avenue to play top anime video game hits, as Crunchyroll has announced new and exclusive games on mobile devices to all Crunchyroll Mega and Ultimate members beginning today.
Crunchyroll Game Vault will add to the service in waves, in a model similar to how Netflix Games operates in the Netflix app. The first wave includes five games, with three of them being exclusive to Crunchyroll’s service on mobile devices.
Multiple games in the first wave of Game Vault offerings are hitting mobile devices for the first time. Among them is River City Girls – the old school beat’-em-up from Arc System Works – and Wolfstride, an RPG which was previously only available on PC. Both games will be Crunchryoll Game Vault exclusives on mobile devices.
The Verge reported that the Crunchyroll Game Vault is available today for free to subscribers of the Mega Fan and Ultimate Fan tiers of Crunchyroll – the two higher-cost tiers available – and at launch, there will be five titles. Much like on Netflix or Apple Arcade, the games will all be free and devoid of in-app purchases.
According to The Verge, most gaming subscription services tend to offer a large breadth of titles, it sounds like Crunchyroll’s will be more focused. The company says it will feature “premium mobile games specifically for fans of anime and anime-inspired entertainment.” And while there are only five games at launch, Crunchyroll says the vault will “feature continuous additions to its line-up, with a whole new wave of titles coming soon.”
For now, Crunchyroll’s games offering seems like a nice bonus, not unlike the digital manga included in the subscription’s higher tiers.
The news comes a day after Crunchyroll announced a partnership with Walmart that will see Crunchyroll-branded “fan shops” in 2,400 retail locations in the US, selling things like Blu-ray collections, vinyl records, and physical subscription cards.
VentureBeat reported that Crunchyroll Game Vault is the latest step the anime streaming service is taking to reach fans through games. Crunchyroll games has published a number of anime-inspired games, including Street Fighter: Duel, My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero, and the upcoming One Punch Man: World. Moreover, Crunchyroll Games is publishing all of the Game Vault launch titles for mobile.
In my opinion, this news is going to make fans of anime very interested in playing the anime-inspired games that Crunchyroll is offering. It appears that to access this content, you need to purchase a $10 or $15 for a Crunchyroll subscription.