The action RPG KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story is releasing in a week, and it’s part crafting and part combat. As a side story in the Way of the Samurai universe, the story starts with a humble blacksmith who is terrible at managing his money. The people he owes decide to take his daughter to encourage him to pay. In his grief, a samurai approaches him and offers to return her. No one turns down that deal, so they work together, even if the samurai’s motives aren’t clear.
The two-pronged rescue plan is split into nights and days. During the day, Gunji the blacksmith will make swords to repay the debt. The town has three different factions who want to tear each other apart, and you provide the tools to do it. The official site shows you are able to “raise tensions” to raise demand for your weapons, so jump on that seller’s market. At night, the samurai will venture into randomly generated dungeons and fight to collect new materials for swordmaking.
Your night tools are a little different than a blacksmith’s hammer. The samurai can approach a fight with up to nine different fighting stances and over 100 different weapons. As you use a weapon, it will level up and unlock new skills and perks. They will have stats such as durability, crit rate, and sharpness. Swords are a given, but we also see bows for a distance attack. You can even double your attack with online co-op.
KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story is a digital-only release coming February 20th, and it will run you $29.99 USD. As a special incentive, there are two DLC packs that will be free for the first week. The Five Famous Swords Set will provide five blueprints for some fancy steel, and The Wanderer Set will give you a new outfit and some sword blueprints.
Check out the trailer and screenshots for a look at the action.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.