Posts Tagged ‘Playism’

Giraffe and Annika Heading to Switch Later This Year!

TOKYO – Feb. 18, 2020 – Giraffe and Annika, a musically charged 3D adventure from publisher PLAYISM and developer Atelier Mimina, warms hearts on PCs via Steam today with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions taking a half-rest until later in 2020.

Annika, a bright-eyed girl with cat ears, works with Giraffe, a cat-boy with an old soul, to recover her memories. Follow a manga-style comic narrative and help the duo collect three shimmering star fragments housed deep in the vivid dungeons of the curious and calm Spica Island. Each glittering gem gives Annika a new power, unlocking previously unreachable areas, opportunities to collect additional outfits, and cat-tastic meow-sterpieces of art to view at the local museum.

From the lead designer of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Giraffe and Annika features handcrafted rhythm boss battles against operatic opposition, like the colossal crustacean called the Crab King, and Lily, wily witch of the forbidden forest. Defeat these formidable foes to the beat, synchronizing attacks to each boss’ custom track.

“Giraffe and Annika has been a passion project with rhythm sections inspired by Elite Beat Agents, which was in turn influenced by my team’s work on Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!” Atsushi Saito, sole developer, Atelier Mimina. “Creating the adventures players will have with Annika has really been an adventure in itself. I hope players enjoy how her journey with Giraffe unfolds, punctuated by the rhythm boss fights, which were so much fun to make.”

Giraffe & Annika will be available on Steam in English, Japanese, and Chinese (simplified and traditional) for $19.99 USD.

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Hip-hop RPG Orangeblood Hits the Switch in Q2 2020!

TOKYO – Jan. 14, 2019 – Orangeblood, a JRPG inspired by 90s hip-hop, will take over PC on Jan. 14, 2019. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases will roll up on 20-inch rims in Q2 2020.

Publisher PLAYISM and developer Grayfax Software invite gangstas to an alternate history of late 20th century Japan where criminal syndicates rule the man-made island of New Koza. Guide Vanilla, a prisoner of a gang war offered her freedom in exchange for completing a top-secret mission shrouded in mystery. Vanilla will build a crew of tenacious-yet-cute companions to help earn her liberty, and mayhem as well as sweet loot drops ensue.

Loot the best randomly generated guns and armor-boosting kicks a criminal can find, including legendary equipment featuring one-of-a-kind abilities. Take the “pray” out of “spray,” reloading tactically to keep your defenses up and using special abilities to mow down foes. New Koza is full of mobsters, robots, and other threats, but a quick stop at a vending machine will refresh your party before the next gun-blazing battle.

Groove along to the hip-hop soundtrack in and out of combat. Handcrafted character sprites feature a pixelated aesthetic matching the era of the music. Jump into gun-toting action that stays fresh as the random gear system, art style, and soundtrack play off of each other.

“I wanted to make an immersive story with g-funk tunes where the only things that matter are your guns, sweet shoes, and the good times you have with them,” said Grayfax, sole developer of Orangeblood. “Randomly generated gear means each encounter can be just as unpredictable as the island of New Koza itself, but the good times will be guaranteed.”

Orangeblood will be available on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $19.99 USD/€19.99.

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Pixel Game Maker MV Development Challenge Underway!

TOKYO – Oct, 7, 2019 – The Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, a contest seeking talented developers using the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, is now underway.

Taking place until March 30, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. PT, the competition offers a grand prize award of ¥1,000,000 JPY (approx. $9,332 USD) and opportunities to be among the first Pixel Game Maker MV creations published on Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prize, there are award categories for side view, top view, multiplayer games, and more. Winning entries may also be adapted into books, comics, and more.

Sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, Pixel Game Maker MV puts 2D game development in the hands of first-time developers with no programming knowledge while maintaining the flexibility, power, and depth required by long-time game creators through extensible scripting.

Featuring native physics and local multiplayer support as well as 20 sample games and a host of modern, sci-fi, and fantasy assets, Pixel Game Maker MV makes it easy to get started prototyping. Developers can carry their games through to completion using the assets to hand or import their own to create top-down or sidescrolling action games in any genre.

“If you can imagine it, you can create it with Pixel Game Maker MV,” said Noboru Mogami, producer, Kadokawa Corporation. “With this contest, we’re hoping to find amazing talents to highlight and nurture. We’ve already seen some truly wonderful things come out of our community so far and we’re looking forward to the delights our creators still have in store for us.”

Pixel Game Maker MV is available now on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $84.99 USD/€71.99.

The full official rules can be found on the Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge page.

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Create Switch Games with Pixel Game Maker MV!

Tokyo, Japan – Sept. 3, 2019 – Pixel Game Maker MV, the action-game sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, crafts new adventures with the 1.0 release on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Aspiring and veteran game developers can take their games created in the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and KADOKAWA Corporation on the go in 2020, as the games made in Pixel Game Maker MV can be playable on Nintendo Switch and available in the Nintendo eShop.

Pixel Game Maker MV brings accessibility to game development as it empowers all developers to create original platformers, metroidvanias, and action games without any programming experience. Innovation knows no limits, as the engine easily allows users to implement their own original material such as character animations, background maps, and sound effects.

The robust but easy-to-learn software’s leap from Steam Early Access will include a new trial version. Developers can dive into the trial, using the platform’s tools to create without fear of losing their hard work as they transition from the free trial to the full package.

Potential partnerships with KADOKAWA will set Pixel Game Maker MV creators up for success on Nintendo Switch. Aspirant and seasoned developers interested in sharing their games on Nintendo Switch can submit applications for KADOKAWA to publish their games on the Nintendo eShop.

In celebration of Pixel Game Maker’s journey, KADOKAWA will hold a Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, seeking out the best works of the platform’s creators to launch on Nintendo Switch. The contest will run from Oct. 3, 2019, to March 31, 2020. More details will be available here beginning Oct. 3.

Pixel Game Maker MV is available now via Steam Early Access (Windows only) for $84.99 USD/€71.99 and supports Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese.

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