Press Release 2015-07-10

Onikira: Demon Killer full release following successful Early Access campaign

Thursday 10th July, Dueren, Germany - Headup Games and Merge Games today announce the imminent full release of Onikira: Demon Killer for PC. Onikira will launch across Steam and other digital stores on Thursday 30th July priced $12.99, £10.59 or €13.99.

Developed by Irish-based Digital Furnace Games, Onikira: Demon Killer is a 2D side-scrolling, beat’em-up set in a fantasy feudal Japan. Players assume role of Yamazaki Jiro, a lone samurai battling to prevent the forces of the Japanese underworld, Yomi, from taking over the world of the living.

Onikira: Demon Killer blends together complex deep fighting mechanics of traditional 3D beat-em’ups and merges them with classic 2D platformer mechanics. Some will prefer to go toe-to toe with heavy weapons and mash some buttons while other players will prefer a ranged game, avoiding heavy melee encounters and the game’s expressive fighting system enables each player to engage in the way that suits them best.

Onikira: Demon Killer will boast seven challenging levels and players will be able to express themselves with over 40 uber-cool moves and using four devastating weapons. Each level is littered with foul demons that players must dispatch back to the underworld. Players must also face two mini-bosses and two epic mega bosses.

Onikira: Demon Killer originally launched on Steam in November 2014 as an Early Access title. The developers, Digital Furnace Games, would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took time to offer feedback, helping them make Onikira: Demon Killer the best it can be.

Key Features:

Unique high-level combat – Onikira mixes 2D platform game elements into the combat system to make something special. Moving platforms, wall jumping, wall running and grappling all serve to make for dynamic and emergent combat encounters.

Seven Areas – the narrative unfolds over seven highly polished and gorgeous hand-painted areas featuring rain drenched villages, destroyed opulent cities, mountaintop locations and an erupting volcano.

Unique weapons – Each weapon - katana, tetsubo, naginata or arm blades - has multiple unlockable moves which can result in massive combo chains when moves are strung together. Combo chains turn directly into score multipliers.

Responsive and Expressive Combat System – players are rewarded for strategic and skill-based fighting. Play flows naturally from move to move, allowing the player to create new combos that haven’t been designed explicitly by the developers.

Soul Shop – souls are the currency of Onikira. Use them to revive your health and trade them. At certain points inside each level, the player will find rifts into Yomi where benevolent spirits will trade moves for collected souls.

Challenge Arenas – players complete combat related challenges and improve their score and skill to gain achievements. The arenas are fully integrated into Steam’s online leaderboards.

Specific enemy types – with their own unique vulnerabilities, every enemy emphasises a particular fighting style, like a floating, possessed Mempo mask that encourages the use of air game or a monstrously twisted high-ranking samurai, where hit and run tactics are the best way to stay alive.

 Title   Onikira: Demon Killer
Genre   Side-scrolling 2D-Beat 'em-up
Release date July 30th, 2015
Developer   Digital Furnace Games 
Publisher   Merge Games & Headup Games
Available for   PC
Language    English
Price   $12.99 / €13.99 / £10.59
Steam page  http://store.steampowered.com/app/310850
Trailer (Early Access)  http://j.mp/Onikira_EarlyAccessTrailer
Press Kit   http://bit.ly/OnikiraPress
Any requests to     press@headupgames.com

About Digital Furnace Games

Digital Furnace Games are an independant game developer based in Dublin, Ireland. We specialise in independent games that use the latest hardware and state of the art software to create visually stunning experiences. Please find more information at digitalfurnacegames.com.
Über Merge Games

About Merge Games

Merge Games is an independent publisher based in Manchester, UK. We specialise in publishing collectable games for retail and worldwide digital distribution for independent developers. Our back catalogue includes Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, The Inner World, Limbo Collector’s Edition, Binding of Issac, Terraria Collector’s Edition and many more. For more information please click mergegames.com or watch our trailer.
About Headup Games

About Head Up

We are an independent games publisher located near Cologne in Germany awarded as Best German Publisher in 2012 and 2013 by the German Developers Association. Together with our partners, we focus on the contentment of our customers and the best gameplay experience delivered at the fairest price-quality ratio. Since our foundation, we have published over 100 games, including many projects from highly talented developers that are known for their potential and creativity. Our portfolio features high-quality games such as Super Meat Boy, The Inner World, The Binding of Isaac, Terraria, Limbo, The Basement Collection, Grotesque Tactics, Q.U.B.E., Frozen Synapse and many more as well as the million sellers #1 iOS hits The Inner World, Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Playground. More information can be found at www.headupgames.com