In Japan, physical retail versions will also be available for PlayStation 5 and Switch. The standard edition will be priced at ¥5,280, while the limited edition will be priced at ¥9,980. The latter includes a full-color art book, a single-disc soundtrack CD, and an acrylic keychain.
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■ About Grim Guardians: Demon Purge
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge It is 2D side shift The action game focuses on two demon-hunting sisters who challenge a demonic castle to save their school. Players take control of both characters with completely different skill sets, progressing through stages to face the diabolical bosses that await in the depths. Each boss gives them new weapons, allowing for more varied exploration and opening new routes in later stages.
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge two player features cooperative special moves, wide difficulty options with the ‘Style System’, unique variations on replays and most importantly the quality and challenge players have come to expect from Inti Creates titles, this time with a new Gothic horror aesthetic.
■ Release date
Grim Guardians: Demon PurgeAnnounced at the indie game event BitSummit X-Roads, it will be available digitally on February 23, 2023. Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S consoles, as well as PC on the Steam platform.
The gothic horror-inspired action game will be available on each platform’s respective digital storefront for $24.99.
The Kamizono family has a long lineage of demon hunters. Kamizono Shinobu and Kamizono Maya – the last to inherit the family profession – return to school a day after finishing their hunt, only to find a shocking sight in front of them.
Unbeknownst to them, their school had become a devil’s fortress in their absence. What could have caused this? What about the other students? In a time of mystery and danger, only demon hunters have the ability to set things right. The Kamizono sisters fight again.
“When demons approach, we demon hunters appear!”
“Kamizono sisters, move!”
■ Feature #1: Quick Swap while going through Devil’s Castle
Take control of both tag team Kamizono sisters. Make the most of the long-range focused Shinobu and close-range fighter Maya Kamizono as you make your way through the castle.
Shinobu Kamizono (voiced by Amy Uema)
Shinobu, the elder of the Kamizono sisters, is full of confidence, but still makes careless mistakes. He is a long-range attacker who deals with demons using an automatic weapon against demons! As a tough fighter with more HP than her younger sister, Shinobu’s sub-weapons acquired at each stage allow her to attack in all directions as well as regenerate HP.
—Elder sister Shinobu’s ranged attacks allow her to fight from a safe distance, making her the ideal frontline fighter!
-Don’t forget to reload his anti-demon machine gun when he runs out of bullets. It will be vulnerable while reloading, so time it wisely.
Maya Kamizono (Voiced by Chinami Hashimoto)
The younger of the sisters, Maya supports her strong-willed sister from the shadows with her confident personality. As a technical melee attacker, he creates a variety of powerful weapons from origami. Use these weapons to deal massive damage! As he unlocks more sub-weapons, he’ll gain a variety of special moves, making him a true offensive specialist. However, he has lower HP in return, so choose carefully when to pass Shinobu, as the opportunity to deal massive damage presents itself!
-Maya is an expert in close range combat. Although its damage output is high, its HP is low in return. It is important to escape in time when using it.
-Maya’s small frame allows her to duck under certain platforms, making her a master of exploration.
Cover your weaknesses by switching siblings when needed.
-When faced with an enemy that can protect from Shinobu’s bullets, switch to Maya and show them who’s boss! It is important to determine which brother is better for each situation.
— Combat can be done at any time without any limitations or drawbacks, although it requires both to be fit for combat.
Each brother has a number of unique sub-weapons, giving you plenty of options to change your strategy when the time calls for it. Many of Shinobu’s sub-weapons can be used flexibly, allowing him to compensate for his direct attack. Feel free to use them while you have weapon points! On the other hand, Maya’s sub-weapons mainly serve to close the distance between herself and the demons, but in turn require technical precision. Some may even have unexpected functions.
Throws the knife diagonally up. Especially effective against aerial enemies and those that are difficult to target.
Maya creates shikigami that can damage enemies. They can also block certain attacks, but will eventually wear out sooner.
If one of the siblings falls in battle, they can be revived with the Sister Rescue feature, provided you can return them to where they fell.
— A fallen sister can be revived by pressing the button while standing on her body, but the demons will not wait for the process to finish.
-The game is not extreme as long as you can save the other sister. Never give up, even if it’s alone!
No demon hunter can do without the latest demon hunting techniques. The brothers can synchronize to fire a devastating bullet that clears most demons at once, giving them a significant advantage in their clash against the forces of evil.
—Shinobu and Maya can powerfully attack when their Purification Gauge is depleted! Clearing Size increases naturally, but can also be accelerated by collecting items along the way.
– Use this powerful attack to wipe out demons!
■ Feature #2: Defeat bosses to get new sub-weapons, unlock a new layer of exploration
Defeating bosses will grant new sub-weapons that provide the siblings with exciting new abilities. These sub-weapons open up new paths and means of exploration in other stages as well.
-Sub-weapons can be changed at any time. Be aware that they require Weapon Points to use.
—New subweapons will not only allow you to destroy demons you couldn’t before, but can also help you reach previously inaccessible areas of the castle!
Meticulous exploration will allow you to unlock the castle’s secret passages, which in addition to locating other missing students, can lead to power-ups for the siblings.
— A keen eye can allow you to find hidden routes and items behind seemingly invisible walls!
— With careful exploration, you can turn the tide in your favor and find power-ups!
— Do you have what it takes to find and rescue all the students trapped in the castle?!
■ Feature #3: Enjoy the story with “Pure” or “Clean” sound tracks
Grim Guardian’s story focuses on two main aspects: the mystery behind the school’s transformation and the whereabouts of the other students.
Enjoy the original experience in “Pure” mode with all original Japanese voices for the story mode, or choose “Refined” for an action-oriented English voice tuned for fans of the genre.
■ Feature #4: Adjust the Difficulty to Your Game Needs with a Unique Style System
A total of three different styles – Casual, Veteran and Legendary – are available to choose from, allowing players to tailor the difficulty to their needs. This can be changed at any time after starting the game and will have no effect on the story.
— Casual Style: Unlimited lives and no recovery when damaged allows for fun, casual running.
-Veteran Style: Ideal for those looking for the challenge it presents action games from the past.
-Legend style: Intense enough to require unlocking. What do you need to clean it?
In addition, cooperation with both Shinobu and Maya will be possible when two controllers are available. You can enter at any time during the game, so feel free to invite your friends on your journey to conquer this mysterious devil’s fortress.
— Attacking together in co-op allows you to deal extra damage! When it comes to combo options, the sky’s the limit!
-Maya rides Shinobu! Jump on top of your friend’s character to reach higher by unlocking new routes!