With China having ended its ban on video game consoles, and both Sony and Microsoft having moved in, some people wondered when we would begin to see console games developed in China. For PlayStation 4 owners it seems the answer will be in spring.
Koi is a game developed by independent Chinese developer Dotoyou and published by Chinese publisher Oasis Games with help from Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai. It will be marking the first time Oasis Games is publishing a console game, and the first time they are bringing one of their games to the United States. Before this Oasis Games usually published their games in countries like Turkey, Portugal, and Spain, and have published web games like First Blood, Kung Fu, and Bombman, along with mobile games like Tank Battle and I’m Hero.
As for Koi, you will be playing as a fish who will be solving puzzles and cleansing the world of a darkness. Koi features stealth gameplay that requires you to avoid the dark fish so you can cleanse both flowers and the fish themselves. Doing so will turn other fish into allies, and remove other threats from the game. It will also feature side quests where you can collect puzzle pieces and learn music to help improve the environment. Koi has eight levels ranging from deep oceans to bright ponds and features a piano-heavy soundtrack by Chinese artist Zeta. The game hopes to bring you to a “peaceful, zen-like state”, seemingly similar to 2006’s PlayStation 3 game Flow. The game wishes to achieve this with clear levels and a hint system provided by a friendly old toad built into the game.
For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the game, it is already available on iOS and Android devices under the slightly longer name Koi – Journey of Purity and is available for 99 cents. Koi will be shown at GDC Play in San Francisco from March 14th to March 18th, 2016. Koi will be available for the PlayStation 4 in Spring of 2016 for an as of yet unknown price.