There are a lot of great genres represented on the Nintendo Switch right now, but feudal Japanese samurai stories are certainly a bit lacking on the hybrid Nintendo handheld. Thankfully, publisher Spike Chunsoft and game developer Acquire are looking to change that with the release of Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story this month. We already knew the game was coming to Japan on February 20, but a recent eShop listing confirms that western players will be able to experience the game on the same day.
If the subtitle of Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story sounds familiar to you, it’s no coincidence. Acquire is known for being the developers behind the free-roaming samurai action RPG series Way of the Samurai, which started back in 2002 and most recently saw a release in 2011. Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story serves as a spiritual successor of sorts, ditching the third-person action for isometric, top-down gameplay.
There’s also a much stronger focus on more than just your sword-swinging abilities in this game. While you’ll spend your nights in Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story exploring mysterious dungeons to find new materials and track down your kidnapped daughter, by day you’ll be blacksmithing and selling weapons to local clans and factions to pay off your debt.
Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is set to launch on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 on February 20.