What would happen if you mashed up three parts Sekiro to one part Ghost of Tsushima? Well, you'd get Project: The Perceiver, a new open-world action-adventure game from the developers of the anime-oriented Nikki series. Needless to say, this game isn't much like that franchise at all.
Project: The Perceiver explores "clashing beliefs in a fantasy world", according to developer Papergames. You'll roam a world riven with chaos and meet its inhabitants, whose "distinctive ideals" you will then forge into masks for yourself. Naturally, there will be plenty of swordplay, platforming, and martial arts along the way as well. You can check out the reveal trailer for the rather oddly-titled Project: The Perceiver right here.
The trailer shows off a world with lots of diverse biomes, including rainy villages, verdant fields, and snowy peaks. One particularly intriguing part of the trailer depicts elements of the scenery literally moving around the character; platforms assemble and disassemble themselves during a rather impressive platforming sequence. It remains to be seen whether this will be a meaningful mechanic or simply something used for set pieces, though.
Of course, it wouldn't be a game inspired by Sekiro if there weren't spectacular boss fights, and sure enough, there's one in the trailer. You fight a mysterious figure with a wide hat and a cloak reminiscent of raven feathers. Fittingly, the combat looks like a mixture of Sekiro's and Ghost of Tsushima's, with the parry mechanic from the former and the general feel of the latter.
We're likely still a ways out from a release date for Project: The Perceiver, but it's nice to see that development appears to be continuing apace. Along with games like Black Myth: Wukong and Honor of Kings: World, Project: The Perceiver looks to be another attempt by a major Chinese developer to branch out into ultra-slick AAA open-world gaming. We'll have to wait and see whether it pays off. Watch this space for more info on Project: The Perceiver.