A Bleach game is coming to Switch, is it Bleach: Rebirth of Souls?

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A game based on the Bleach anime series may be in development for the Switch, over a decade after the last Bleach game for Nintendo hardware was released. 

The anime and manga series Bleach both ran until 2016 and the series enjoyed a boost in 2022 with the start of the Thousand-Year Blood War sequel anime. Since Bleach’s initial rise, almost 30 different video game adaptations have hit the market. Nintendo has been kept out of that action, with the last Bleach title on a Nintendo platform launching in 2008.

How excited should Bleach fans and Nintendo Switch gamers be? Fans speculate that the game could be a port of Bleach: Brave Souls, or some type of gacha game, but is this true?

Bleach: Brave Souls may be the new title for the Switch

The new Bleach series game title might be a Brave Souls port or remaster, given the game development and publishing teams.

News of the Nintendo Switch game based on Bleach came from Midori. The leaker has a history of breaking news on Sega-owned titles, but is now reporting that KLab will release a game based on Bleach to the Switch. 

KLab is known for Bleach: Brave Souls for Android, iOS, Windows, and Playstation 4. It also created Bleach: Soul Rising for mobile in 2020.

Bleach: Brave Souls is a mobile gacha game that has been running since 2017, but was ported to PC and PlayStation 4 fairly recently. Players earn in-game orbs and tickets and use them to unlock character banners, gear, and other bonus items. These can be earned through events, or players can use real-life currency to purchase them. The game received mixed reviews as a playable but largely middling hack-and-slash game.

Bleach: Rebirth of Souls may be coming to Switch

Bleach: Rebirth of Souls is an upcoming game that remains mysterious, but has been trademarked and copyrighted in different regions.

While KLab announced that a new Bleach “hybrid-casual game” was in development two weeks ago, it’s unclear if this is the referenced new Switch game. The game is believed to be Bleach: Soul Resonance, but another Bleach game is already confirmed to exist.

The Japanese publisher Shueisha trademarked the phrase “Bleach Rebirth of Souls” through the European Union. Bleach fans speculate that the trademarking could indicate a new game coming that related to The Thousand-Year Blood War.

None of the parties related to these games have confirmed a Bleach game coming to Switch. Fans may get an official reveal in June, when the next Nintendo Direct event is scheduled to happen.

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Written by M Alzamora

M Alzamora is partial to indie games and Pokemon, but loves to learn more about other games and genres. She collects every Eevee and Eeveelution in Pokemon Home, and that's in addition to her giant stuffed Leafeon and smaller stuffed Piplups. Her previous work has been seen on Working Classicists and in the From the Sublime zine. You can find her on X / Twitter at @mkalza_writes.


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