Japanese developer Grayfax Software and publisher Playism will be bringing Orangeblood to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in addition to its set Steam release. The game is set in an alternate history at the end of the 20th century on a man-made island off the coast of Okinawa. Check out the short teaser and be mesmerized by its attractive pixel art.
Of great interest to me is the prevalence of Korean throughout the teaser, even in the game’s logo. I notice the Korean word for “massage” (ahem) appears repeatedly in signs. Perhaps Orangeblood will be about how different Asian cultures interact with each other, which could be a challenging topic considering Japan’s long and painful history with Korea (and China, of course).
Orangeblood might be being made by one person, but it’s unclear right now. All of the pixel art is from one person at least. In any case, speculation aside, the game’s Steam page offers some charmingly psychotic explanations, such as, “A manmade island off the coast of Okinawa is humming with a dirty, exotic vibe – and it’s awesome!” You apparently play as what the developer calls “four ‘kawaii’ soldiers,” or in other words — four cute girls. However, “These four cute Asian girls couldn’t care less about little photo stickers… They’d rather play with some 7.62x39mm rifles and filthy, filthy cash!”
Filthy, filthy cash, baby!
And finally, about the actual gameplay, it gets even weirder:
Use simple controls to take down evil gang members and killer robots!In New Koza, you can purchase randomly-generated and extremely powerful guns, 24/7.
Load up a shotgun so powerful you’d burn yourself to toast if the gas leaked and some brand-new fireproof sneakers, find a group of psychotic yakuza thugs, and personally deliver a handwritten invitation to BEATDOWN TOWN!
All I have to say is — sign me up for Orangeblood! It’s allegedly coming this year, but we’ll see.
It might be a battle between this and Eastward for which is the prettier indie RPG coming to Switch.