Upcoming Japanese action RPG Oninaki will be officially launching on August 22 for PS4 and the Nintendo Switch — but only in Japan.
Despite being billed as a summer release in Western territories, no official release date has been confirmed as of yet.
Oninaki was initially revealed at February’s Nintendo Direct earlier this year. The project from Square Enix’s subsidiary developer Tokyo RPG Factory promises a more action-oriented gameplay system.
This marks a departure from Tokyo RPG Factory’s turn-based roots as in I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, while still taking the cutesy chibi visual cues from those games.
Despite the whimsical, anime-inspired look of Oninaki, this game is a lot darker in tone as compared to Tokyo RPG Factory’s previous titles. The tone follows the concept of the main character being able to switch between the Living World and the esoteric Beyond, whilst battling Daemons in both realms.
The game’s creative director is Takashi Tokita of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV fame. He, among other bright minds of the video game industry, flew down to Singapore last month to discuss the game more in anticipation of the 2019 edition of the Tokyo Game Show.
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