Onikira: Demon Killer has been slashing its way through Early Access since November. The game stars a samurai named Yamazaki Jiro when he takes a small hiatus from battling other military factions to defend Earth from demons that keep popping up from the underworld.
This one’s part platformer and part beat ’em up, and on first sight it looks like a cross between Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and Devil May Cry 4. Those certainly aren’t bad comparisons and hopefully that stint in Early Access has helped developer Digital Furnace Games to really make the most of the concept. More on Onikira: Demon Killer after the break.
Onikira: Demon Killer Release Date
One of the big key ‘selling’ points for this one is that you aren’t just sprinting through Onikira‘s eight, hand-drawn levels, spamming the attack button, as it’s got some pretty nifty interactions that keep combat fresh. For example, you can lift up a giant gong and lob it at an opponent, or you can throw them into a pit of lava, or you can trap them under a falling building.
There are also four different weapons to power through your enemies, such as the powerful Tetsubo war club or the traditional naginata blade. You’ll probably need to use these combat features in tandem, though, as there are various enemy types that each have their own strengths and weakness.
Onikira: Demon Killer has a few more tricks up its sleeve to keep you occupied, too. As shown in the screenshot at the top of the post, the game’s got a points system for what you do in battle, and this extends to the arena challenges where you can set a few high scores (it has Steam leaderboard integration for this). The game’s soul shops will also let you trade in souls (the currency in Onikira) in exchange for benevolent spirits who will deal attacks for you, so perhaps unlocking all of those will give you an extra bit of replayability.
Onikira: Demon Killer will be released on July 30, 2015 for PC via Steam. It will cost €13.99/$9.99/£6.99.