Orangeblood is a quirky RPG from Japanese developer Grayfax Software (a single person) and publisher Playism that we’ve reported on a couple times, and its claim to fame so far is its dazzling pixel art. At last, a bunch of new details have come out about the game, including a Jan. 14, 2020 release on Steam for $19.99 and a Q2 2020 release date for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Check out the new Orangeblood trailer that shows off a bit of the combat and more of the game’s overall aesthetic.
A release from Playism describes the game as being inspired by ’90s hip hop, and as alluded to from previous information, the game takes place in an alternate version of late 20th century Japan where “criminal syndicates rule the man-made island of New Koza.” The main character is Vanilla, a prisoner of the gangs who can gain freedom by completing a secret mission. She will build “a crew of tenacious-yet-cute companions” along the way.
Get a load of all the, uh, colorful language included in the remainder of the press release:
Loot the best randomly generated guns and armor-boosting kicks a criminal can find, including legendary equipment featuring one-of-a-kind abilities. Take the “pray” out of “spray,” reloading tactically to keep your defenses up and using special abilities to mow down foes. New Koza is full of mobsters, robots, and other threats, but a quick stop at a vending machine will refresh your party before the next gun-blazing battle.
Groove along to the hip-hop soundtrack in and out of combat. Handcrafted character sprites feature a pixelated aesthetic matching the era of the music. Jump into gun-toting action that stays fresh as the random gear system, art style, and soundtrack play off of each other.
“I wanted to make an immersive story with g-funk tunes where the only things that matter are your guns, sweet shoes, and the good times you have with them,” said Grayfax, sole developer of Orangeblood. “Randomly generated gear means each encounter can be just as unpredictable as the island of New Koza itself, but the good times will be guaranteed.
Orangeblood sounds a little crazier every time we hear about it, and the developer at Grayfax Software sounds like quite the character. What do you think of this upcoming RPG in light of the new information? And are you stoked to have some actual release date details?