Japanese developer Happinet announced that their real-time dungeon crawler Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle will come to the Switch and PS4 on August 30th. Both of these releases will be digital only, coming to the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Network, respectively. Drawing on the mysteries of Japanese folklore and Ukiyo-e paintings, Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle promises a creepy adventure through some of Japan’s most unusual monsters. You can exterminate the yokai for yourself in Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle when it releases digitally on August 30th.

An updated port of the original, released on PC last yearHaunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle is an old-school dungeon crawler. After a mysterious castle appears on Hyakki Island, yokai start appearing and a major rebel commander takes up residence, hoping to overthrow the Shogunate. Under command of the Shogun, you form your party from Humans, Oni, Tengu, or Nekomata in order to form the best party of assassins. In addition to being a real-time dungeon crawler, you can also split your party and send them on flanking routes. The UI has been rebuilt for console players, as well as adding in a tutorial mode. Comparisons to Legend of Grimrock are obvious, something director Masaru Saito is acutely aware of.

If the name Happinet doesn’t sound familiar, that might be because they’re primarily known as a toy and game distributor, not a developer. Primarily tasked with handling distribution of the Xbox and Xbox 360 in Japan, they’ve released a handful of visual novels over the years but have otherwise shied away from game development. Still, after spawning out of Bandai Namco in the 1970s, they’ve been an active company regardless, making numerous music and toy acquisitions. We can see just how fruitful their development efforts were in Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle when it releases for PS4 and the Switch on August 30th.

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Kyle Johnson

Japanese Gaming Specialist

Professional painter. Semi-professional weeb. I've played hundreds of games, but finished very few. I speak Chinese and Minnesotan.