PlatinumGames has announced World of Demons, a new Android and iOS action game developed in cooperation with mobile developer DeNA.
In World of Demons, players will assume the role of samurai as they battle yokai and oni, supernatural monsters and spirits drawn from Japanese folklore. Once beaten, the yokai can be collected and summoned in battles, which are handled through streamlined touch controls. The game will be free-to-play, with the option to spend real-world money to purchase additional yokai.
In combat, the samurai will unleash combo attacks automatically, with player required to manually swipe the screen to dodge and parry attacks effectively.
As well, the game features an eye-popping Japanese ink painting-inspired aesthetic not unlike the one found in the now-defunct Clover Studio’s Ōkami, a team made up of several PlatinumGames developers.
World of Demons is set to release this summer on iOS, with an Android version arriving sometime afterward. Pre-registration is available here.
While World of Demons marks PlatinumGames’ first mobile game, the Japanese developer is renowned for making genre-defining console action games like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. The studio also frequently develope games for major third-party publishers, such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Konami and Nier: Automata for Square Enix.
DeNA, meanwhile, is best known for developing five mobile games for Nintendo — Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and the upcoming Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo also hold a 10 percent stake in the company.