Developer +Mpact Games have just taken their ambitious, online Feudal Japan combat title, Hanako: Soul of the Samurai, onto crowd-funding platform.
The developer is looking to achieve $70,000 in funding with 29 days left on the clock.
A third-person action title that combines an intriguing historical setting with four different classes, Hanako: Soul of the Samurai looks to be very much a refreshing proposition with its enticing setting and deep tactical combat gameplay.
From the quartet of classes, players can choose to be Kenshi (Swordsman Class), Naginata (Bladed-staff Class), Ite (Archer Class) or Ninja (Specialist Class). Naturally as you might expect each class has its own abilities, as well as strengths and weaknesses to leverage on the battlefield.
The Kenshi for example, are all-rounders that form the core of any assault and act as a good class for beginners since they boast a wide of variety of powerful melee attacks, parries and dodges. Conversely, the Ninja are recommended for advanced players as their abilities are predicated around a far more stealthy and evasive approach that allows them to dart in and out of the conflict.
Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Hanako: Soul of the Samurai prides itself on a evocative and romantic recreation of Feudal Japan replete with rolling fields, Shinto shrines, falling cherry blossoms and period Japanese architecture.
The game itself is primarily played out as a "tug-of-war" style campaign across an initial batch of seven maps that in turn play host to four different game mode types.
Essentially, the objective is to push the enemy all the way back until the Castle Assassination mode activates, allowing players to make an attempt on the life of the opposing ruler once they have busted through their defenses.
If Hanako's funding amount of $70,000 seems suspiciously meagre, the reason behind this is that the game has been in development for a while and recently arrived on.
The extra funds for Hanako's development look to be put to use in enhancing the game and, in the case of the stretch goals, allow for additional content such as additional classes and maps.
Like all the best Kickstarter campaigns, the talent behind Hanako: Soul of the Samurai, is allowing players to get stuck into the game super early as they have released a demo from an older build of the game.
You can nab it.
As far as theitself goes, a full digital copy of the game can be obtained for just $15 for a limited period only.
If successful, +Mpact Games is looking to release Hanako: Soul of the Samurai on Windows PC in April 2016.
Check out the Kickstarter trailer for it below.