Cave acquires Touhou Project licensing rights, new game coming in 2022

Cave, the developer behind countless shoot ’em ups like the DoDonPachi and Ketsui series, has announced that it has acquired the licensing rights to the Touhou Project IP. The company didn’t reveal a new title but did announce that it plans to release its first Touhou Project game in 2022.

Cave was founded in 1994 and has since been known for developing bullet hell-style shoot ’em up games for arcades and consoles. Its first game was the vertical shooter DonPachi, which Atlus published for arcades in Japan in May 1995, then for the Sega Saturn in April 1996. With the decline in arcade games in recent years, Cave has focused more on mobile games and remasters and ports for the latest consoles.

If you’re not familiar with Touhou Project, it’s a doujin (indie) bullet hell shoot ’em up series, which debuted in August 1997 for PC. The developer, Team Shanghai Alice, is a one-person team consisting of Junya Ota, better known as “ZUN,” as its sole member. Since then, Team Shanghai has self-published 18 main titles. There have also been several Touhou Project spinoff titles, numerous fan games by other creators, music, artwork, and more.

With Cave developing its first Touhou Project game, it’s safe to assume that it’ll be a bullet hell title. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with for the beloved series in any case. For more Cave, check out our recent review of the Nintendo Switch port of Mushihimesama.


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