Nintendo Direct 2/13 - Square Enix Announces New RPG Oninaki

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Nintendo Direct 2/13 - Square Enix Announces New RPG Oninaki

February 13, 2019

By: Robert Scarpinito

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Tokyo RPG Factory
Square Enix
Release Date
August 22, 2019 (Calendar)
RPG, Action RPG
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From developers of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear comes a brand new RPG called Oninaki. Tokyo RPG Factory, in conjunction with Square Enix, are the minds behind the upcoming action RPG. The game focuses on the concept of reincarnation and lost spirits, and it's up to the player to save lost souls along their journey.

In the world of Oninaki, some souls get lost between the Living World and the Beyond. If these souls stay lost for too long, they turn into demons. Only the Watchers can save these souls from their demise, and players will control one of these Watchers. In return, these souls bless the player with different attacks and abilities in combat. The system sounds similar to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but the hack-and-slash combat looks like it plays in real time. The art direction features a charming use of cel-shading and vibrant colors, similar to the studio's previous games.

Despite being revealed at a Nintendo Direct, the game will also come to PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam upon release, according to Oninaki's official website. No release date has been given yet, but both the Nintendo Direct and the official Square Enix trailer both peg the game for a summer launch window.

It should be noted that the developer is no stranger to the Switch. When Lost Sphear launched, it came to the hybrid console the same day it released for the others. In fact, when the Switch itself first launched in 2017, Tokyo RPG Factory brought I Am Setsuna to the console with some exclusive content. So it's no surprise that the studio's next game will also make an appearance on the console.

Did the Oninaki trailer impress you during the Nintendo Direct? Will you be picking it up when it comes out this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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