Physical retail versions for PlayStation 5 and Switch will also be available in Japan. The Standard Edition costs 5,280 yen while the Limited Edition costs 9,980 yen. The latter includes a full-color artbook, a soundtrack CD on one disc, and an acrylic keychain.
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■ About Grim Guardians: Demon Purge
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge is a side-scrolling 2D action game centered on two demon-hunting sisters who challenge a demonic castle to save their school. Players will take control of both characters with wildly different abilities and progress through stages to confront the demonic bosses that await deep within. Each boss provides you with new weapons that allow for more varied explorations and open up new paths in further phases.
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge features two-player co-op with special moves, extensive difficulty options with the “style system”, unique replay changes, 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 BitSummit X-Roads indie game event will be available digitally for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S consoles, and PC on the Steam platform on February 23, 2023 be.
The goth horror-inspired action game will retail for $24.99 on each platform’s digital storefront.
The Kamizono family has a long line of demon hunters. Kamizono Shinobu and Kamizono Maya – the last to inherit the family profession – return to school one day after a hunt, only to see a shocking scene in front of them.
Unbeknownst to her, her school had been turned into a demonic castle in her absence. What could have caused this? And what about the other students? With mysteries and dangers abounding, only demon hunters have the ability to set things right. The Kamizono siblings fight again.
“When demons lurk nearby, we demon hunters show up!”
“Kamizono siblings, move out!”
■ Feature #1: Switch on the fly as you journey through the Demonic Castle
Take control of the two tag team Kamizono siblings. Make the most of the long-range focused Shinobu and melee fighter Maya Kamizono as you make your way through the castle.
Shinobu Kamizono (voiced by Emi Uema)
The eldest of the Kamizono sisters, Shinobu oozes confidence but is still prone to making careless mistakes. She is a long-range attacker who deals with demons with her anti-demon submachine gun! A sturdy fighter with more HP than her little sister, Shinobu’s sub-weapons, which she acquires at each level, give her the ability to attack in all directions and the ability to restore HP.
—Elder Sister Shinobu’s long-range attacks allow her to fight while maintaining a safe distance, making her the ideal frontline fighter!
– Remember to reload her anti-demon submachine gun when she runs out of bullets. She will be vulnerable when reloading, so time it wisely.
Maya Kamizono (voiced by Chinami Hashimoto)
Maya, the younger of the sisters, supports her strong-willed sister from the shadows with her reliable personality. As a technical melee fighter, she creates various powerful weapons from origami. Use these weapons to deal massive damage! As she unlocks more sub-weapons, she gains various special moves that make her a true attack specialist. She has a lot less HP in return, so choose carefully when you switch from Shinobu as the opportunity to deal massive damage presents itself!
—Maya is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Although their damage output is high, their HP is low in return. Well-timed dodges are vital when using them.
—Maya’s small build allows her to duck under certain platforms, making her a master of exploration.
Cover your weaknesses by swapping siblings when needed.
—When you face an enemy who can protect himself from Shinobu’s bullets, show him who’s boss by switching to Maya! Finding out which sibling is best suited to each situation is crucial.
– Switching can be done at any time with no limit or penalties, but requires that both are fit for battle.
Each sibling has a set of unique sub-weapons, giving you a wealth of options to switch up your strategy whenever the time calls for it. Most of Shinobu’s sub-weapons can be used flexibly, allowing her to balance her Basic Attack. Don’t hesitate to make use of it as long as you have weapon points in stock! On the other hand, Maya’s secondary weapons are primarily used to close the distance between herself and demons, but again require technical precision. Some may even have unexpected features.
Throws a knife diagonally upwards. Particularly effective against aerial and difficult-to-target enemies.
Maya creates Shikigami that can damage enemies. They can also block certain attacks, but doing so will make them disappear faster.
In the event that one of the siblings falls in battle, they can be revived using the Sister Rescue feature – provided you make it back to where it fell.
— A fallen sibling can be resurrected by tapping the button while standing over their body, but demons don’t wait for the process to finish.
—Game overs can be avoided as long as you can save the other sister. Never give up, even when you’re alone!
Also, no demon hunter can do without an ultimate demon hunting technique. The siblings can synchronize to fire a devastating bullet that will wipe out most demons in the blink of an eye, giving them a significant advantage in their fight against the forces of evil.
—Shinobu and Maya can unleash a powerful attack when the purge gauge is full! The purge meter increases, of course, but can also be sped up by picking up items along the way.
– Use this powerful attack to wipe out demons!
■ Feature #2: Defeat bosses to earn new sub-weapons and open up a whole new plane of exploration
Defeating bosses spawns new sub-weapons that grant the siblings exciting new abilities. These sub-weapons open up new paths and exploration opportunities in other stages as well.
—Secondary weapons can be changed at any time. Note that they require weapon points to use them.
– New sub-weapons will not only allow you to defeat demons you previously couldn’t, they can also help you reach previously inaccessible areas of the castle!
Careful exploration will allow you to uncover the castle’s secret passages, which can lead to power-up items for the siblings, not to mention finding the other missing students.
— With a keen eye, you can find hidden paths and objects behind seemingly inconspicuous walls!
—You can find power-up items with careful exploration and turn the tide in your favor!
— Do you have what it takes to find and rescue all the students stranded in the castle?!
■ Feature #3: Enjoy the story your way with “pure” or “refined” voice tracks
The Grim Guardian 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 the original Japanese voices for the story mode, or choose “Refined” for English voice acting with a focus on the action, tailor-made for fans of the genre.
■ Feature #4: Adjust the difficulty to your game needs with the unique style system
There are three different styles to choose from – Casual, Veteran and Legendary – allowing players to customize the difficulty level to suit their needs. This can be changed at any time after the start of the game and will not affect the story in any way.
—Casual style: Unlimited lives and no recoil when damaged allow for a fun, easy run.
—Veteran Style: Ideal for those who want the challenge that action games of yore offered.
—Legend Style: Intense enough that it must be unlocked. Do you have what it takes to erase it?
In addition, cooperation with Shinobu and Maya will be possible when two controllers are available. You can join at any time during the game, so don’t hesitate to invite friends on your journey to conquer this mysterious demonic castle.
– If you attack together in co-op mode, you can deal extra damage! The sky is the limit when it comes to combo options!
—Maya rides Shinobu! Jump on your friend’s character to climb even higher and unlock new routes!