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Oninaki is now available

Daemon days are upon us

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 22, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® today announced that ONINAKI™, the latest action-RPG developed by the talented Tokyo RPG Factory™ team, is now available for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.

With supervision by Creative Producer Takashi Tokita (CHRONO TRIGGER®, Parasite Eve), ONINAKI depicts the story of Kagachi, a young Watcher whose duty is to usher Lost Souls into the next world. After meeting a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death. Kagachi can unleash the powers of Daemons against his foes, using them to provide unique and powerful skills and abilities during gameplay.

With highly customizable skill trees for each Daemon, fast and engaging action-RPG gameplay mechanics and a mysterious, involving story, ONINAKI is set to take players to a whole new world where death is only the beginning.

ONINAKI is now available for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 system and STEAM. A free playable demo for ONINAKI is also available for download for all three platforms. This title is rated T (Teen) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). For more information, visit: www.oninaki.com.

GameSpot Video - 20 minutes of Oninaki gameplay

We dive into the action role-playing game Oninaki, where you control Kagachi, a young Watcher who upholds the tenets of reincarnation. Check out all the action with Kagachi and his Daemons, which support him in battle including Aisha, Zaal, Dia, and more. Oninaki releases on August 22nd on Nintendo Switch.

Oninaki getting a day-one update with a new Daemon, no plans for DLC

Who will it be?

Oninaki hits the Switch tomorrow, and it's coming with a day-one update. That update not only tweaks the game a bit, but includes additional content in the form of a brand-new Daemon. Absolutely no details on this character have been shared, so we'll just have to download the patch to get our first look!

While the dev team won't fess up on who this Daemon is, the did share concrete info on another component of the game. As of right now, there are no plans for DLC. What you get in the game from day one is how it will stay.

Oninaki's Rigan profiled, and a new batch of screens and footage released

One day from launch!

Just one day out from release, and there's still more characters to learn about in Oninaki! Check out the profile above for Rigan, and then make sure to check out another big batch of screens here and here, and new footage below.

Oninaki Strategy and Art Book hitting Japan this week

Two in one!

Oninaki launches for Switch on Aug. 22nd, 2019, and over in Japan, an official Strategy and Art Book are launching on the same day. It seems this is going to be a Japan-only item, but you can always import through Amazon Japan, where it's priced at 2,160 yen.

quare Enix has published a photo of their upcoming Oninaki Strategy and Art Book, launching August 22, 2019 in Japan.

As the name implies, the book is a strategy guidebook and artbook of Oninaki. Here’s how the cover looks like:

Oninaki's Gavod profiled

Oninaki is just two days away from launching, but Square-Enix still has more character profiles to go through. Check out the details on Gavod in the tweet above.

Oninaki gets another round of screens

Check out more screens here and here

The all-new Action-RPG, ONINAKI tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to protect Life, after Death. The Watchers sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world, and send them on to the next. They navigate the emotions of the living and the dead. They prize life above all else.

Oninaki's Japanese launch trailer shared

Experience fast-paced, free-flowing gameplay with real time battles. Battle enemies taking advantage of the Daemons Battle System making use of a variety of exciting weapons.

Oninaki devs talk about the game's goals, focus on dark story, and more

An RPG of old

Oninaki is exactly one week away from launching for Switch, and the dev team behind the project is eager to tell people why they should be excited. In an interview with Dengeki Online, Oninaki‘s Creative Producer Takashi Tokita, Producer Ryutaro Sasaki, and Director Atsushi Hashimoto shared all sorts of insight into the game itself, as well as the development process. Check out a summary of info below.

- the team decided to launch a demo to make players realize Oninaki isn’t a “high-speed action game”, but an “action RPG”
- Oninaki is similar to Final Fantasy V in how you can have fun and choose which jobs to level
- you’ll be able to clear Oninaki even if you don’t level and use all your jobs, just use the ones you like the most
- Oninaki was balanced so that you can clear the game even if you stick to a single job your whole playthrough
- Oninaki is different from Final Fantasy III, which is reputed to have very difficult boss fights depending on which jobs you use
- Oninaki doesn't have any boss fights like that of Hein in Final Fantasy III
- Hashimoto mentioned that while he likes writing dark stories, Tokita pushed the staff into making Oninaki‘s story dark
- Oninaki‘s scenarist Hirotaka Inaba was initially holding back, but he went all out after a while
- the team couldn’t make Oninaki‘s story too dark either, as that would make the game’s rating too high, losing potential players
- the devs ended up self-censoring things to make the game get a rating of Cero B/12 and older
- Tokita said old games didn’t have the technology to be more expressive, so nearly everything was told through story and text
- games needed stories strong enough to fight by themselves, hence why a single good story could make or break a game
- this created an environment when devs would focus on story, and write stories that couldn’t be portrayed in anime or movies
- Tokita added how he believes we’re in an era where ethics and regulations for content are becoming harsher
- Tokita decided to make a story that tries to push the limits and does as much as it can
- he wanted to show just how far you can go with an RPG
- Tokita believes that he achieved that with Oninaki, and that it’s the biggest point showing his involvement with the game

Learn more about the Daemon "Lucica" in a new gameplay video for Oninaki

Meet Lucica

Square-Enix has released a new gameplay video for Oninaki, which this one focusing on the Daemon character Lucica, voiced by Houko Kuwashima. This follows previous coverage of Daemons Izana, Treize, Zaav, Wil, Dia and Rigan.

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