Tokyo RPG Factory's next project looks to mix classic Japanese role-playing games with a twist of modern anime and action. It's an odd twist you can check out right now, as a demo for Oninaki launched today on various digital platforms, including the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store.
The Oninaki demo contains two segments, set at separate parts of the game's story. The first is "Story Mode," which lets you check out the opening and transfer your save file progress over to the full game. The other is a slice of gameplay from later on in the story, when your character has more daemons and job roles available.
Tokyo RPG Factory is a studio known for trying to rekindle JRPG nostalgia with each of their games, including Lost Sphear and I Am Setsuna, though sometimes with less than ideal results. With Oninaki, it seems like the development house is trying to tread new ground while still keeping that spirit alive.
In a conversation at E3 2019, Oninaki producer Ryutaro Sasaki told USgamer that while there's some new influences, the studio is still trying to keep the '90s alive.
"That basic ideology hasn't really changed," Sasaki says. "So the fun feeling of RPGs that you had in the 90s, we feel that that doesn't change, like even if you play the game now it still feels fun. And we wanted to bring that kind of game to this era, and we did change from a turn-based RPG to an action-RPG with this time around, but that core idea hasn't changed at all."
Oninaki is set for August 22 on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.