I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear developer Tokyo RPG Factory has announced that its new action-RPG, Oninaki, will be coming to Switch, PS4, and PC on 22nd August.
Oninaki tells the story of Kagachi, a young Watcher charged with ferrying Lost Souls from the world of the Living into the afterlife, known as the Beyond. “After meeting a mysterious girl named Linne,” explains publisher Square Enix, “his fate becomes entwined with blood and death.”
As Kagachi’s adventure unfolds, his path will cross the likes of Kushi, an “exemplary Watcher and trusted leader”, a kind-hearted Watcher named Mayura, and the malicious (and presumably considerably less kind-hearted) Night Devil, who hails from “a forgotten time”.
Oninaki is a bit of a departure for Tokyo RPG Factory, marking the studio’s first foray into the action-RPG genre. Its previous games offered rather more sedate adventures, inspired by the classic turn-based J-RPGs of the 16-bit era.
Oninaki delivers a bit of an aesthetic shake-up too, ditching the delicate, and rather twee, stylings of Lost Sphear and I am Setsuna, for a bolder, more distinctive art style. Tokyo RPG Factory’s previous efforts, while solid, have been accused of being a little bland, so it’s promising that Oninaki already looks to have bags more personality than its predecessors – as you can see in the date announcement trailer above.
We’ll know just how successful Tokyo RPG Factory’s latest endeavour has been when it releases on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam this August.