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If there's one publisher you can always rely on for exciting, original, almost-certainly-blood-stained action games, it's Devolver Digital. The Texas-based company has the likes of Hotline Miami, Ruiner and Shadow Warrior under its very stylish belt - and during its E3 2021 presentation, a new title was revealed that seems set to mark another highpoint in Devolver's already celebrated portfolio of indie essentials.
Trek To Yomi is an impressive-looking side-on adventure, which sets its action in Japan of the 1850s and - I'm sure it's makers won't mind me saying this - immediately looks and feels like a 2D take on Sucker Punch's highly successful samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima. But unlike that triple-A PlayStation exclusive, Flying Wild Hog's game presents itself in Akira Kurosawa-style monochrome as standard.
Check out the captivating reveal trailer for Trek To Yomi, below
Created in collaboration with filmmaker Leonard Menchiari, Trek To Yoni is one of those games that looks likely to cross out of the indie sphere and into a more mainstream appreciation, in the wake of Ghost of Tsushima. Its streamlined combat appears to be exacting, precise, fixed of perspective but no less dynamic for it. It's going to be strong on story, too, casting the player as a warrior called Hiroki who makes a vow to protect his village, his people, his friends, from any threat. And of course, fate has quite the wild ride in store for him.
In the words of its creative director Marcin Kryszpin, the road before Hiroki can "take many turns - will you choose to honour your vows, or take the path of revenge?" Characters in Trek To Yoni are to be voiced by Japanese actors, with subtitles rather than any dubs offered, and Kryszpin adds that the studio has "a historical consultant on board that specialises in 18th century Japanese language, and they helped us bring the Edo period to life in the most faithful way possible."
Regarding the combat in Trek To Yoni, Kryszpin says: "We placed extra emphasis on how the characters move and react in order to make the experience feel authentic. You will learn to wield the traditional samurai katana with deadly dexterity, among other historic weaponry such as the ranged bow, ozutsu and bo-shurikens. Thanks to our combat-actors, combat is as graceful as the surroundings themselves."
There's absolutely no doubt that this is a beautiful game in both stills and motion - and if it plays half as well as it looks, it'll be another success for a publisher with quite the catalogue of cult classics. It probably won't be all that much like Ghost of Tsushima, in the end - but you can't deny that fans of that particular PlayStation hit will lap this up. More about Trek To Yomi - which is being made for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X and PC - is set to be revealed in the coming months, and it's caught our eye with the sharpness of the most expertly maintained blade, so we'll be sure to tell you more when there's anything to share.
Featured Image Credit: Devolver Digital, Flying Wild Hog
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