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In Japan, physical retail versions will also be available for PlayStation 5 and Switch. The standard edition will cost ¥5,280, while the limited edition will cost ¥9,980. The latter includes a color art book, a single-disc CD player, and an acrylic keyboard.

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Grim Guardians. exorcism is a 2D side-scrolling action game centered around two demon-hunting sisters who challenge a demonic castle to save their school. Players control two characters with completely different skills, moving through stages to face the demonic bosses that await in the depths. Each boss gives them a new weapon, which allows for more diverse exploration and opening new paths in later stages.

Grim Guardians. exorcism features special action two-player co-op, a wide selection of difficulty with the Style System, unique changes to replay games, and most importantly the quality and challenge players have come to expect from Inti Creates titles, this time in a new gothic style. horror aesthetic.

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Grim Guardians.  exorcism

■ Release date

Grim Guardians. exorcismannounced at the BitSummit X-Roads indie game event, will be available digitally on February 23, 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S consoles as also on PC on the Steam platform.

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The gothic horror-inspired action game will launch on each platform’s respective digital storefront for $24.99.

■ History

The Kamizono family has a long line of demon hunters. Kamizono Shinobu and Kamizono Maya, the last to inherit the family profession, return to school a day after finishing their hunt, only to find a shocking sight in front of them.

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Grim Guardians.  exorcism

Not knowing that in their absence their school had turned into a demonic castle. What could have caused this? What about the other students? With mysteries and danger abound, only demon hunters can handle the situation. The Kamizono siblings fight again.

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“When demons lurk nearby, we demon hunters show up.”

“Kamizono siblings, go away!”

■ Feature #1: Swap while flying out as you go through the Devil’s Castle

Take control of Kamizono’s two tag team siblings. As you make your way through the castle, make the most of the long-range focused Shinobu and the close-range brawler Maya Kamizono.

Shinobu Kamizono (voiced by Amy Uema)

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The eldest of the Kamizono sisters, Shinobu is full of confidence, but still prone to careless mistakes. He is a ranged attacker who deals with demons using his anti-demon machine gun. As a solid fighter with more HP than her little sister, Shinobu’s sub-weapons acquired at each stage give her the means to attack in all directions, as well as the ability to regenerate HP.

— Older sister Shinobu’s ranged attacks allow her to fight from a safe distance, making her an ideal frontline fighter.

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— Remember to charge his anti-demon machine gun when out of ammo. He’ll be vulnerable on reload, so time it wisely.

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Maya Camizono (voiced by Chinami Hashimoto)

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Maya, the younger of the sisters, supports her strong-willed sister from the shadows with her dependable personality. As a technical close range attacker, he creates various powerful weapons from origami. Use these weapons to deal massive damage. As he unlocks more sub-weapons, he’ll earn various special actions, making him a true attack specialist. In exchange, she has much lower HP, so choose carefully when to connect from Shinobu, as the chance to deal massive damage presents itself.

— Maya is an expert in close range combat. While his damage output is high, his HP is low in response. Timely avoidance is essential when using it.

Grim Guardians.  exorcism
Grim Guardians.  exorcism

— Maya’s small frame allows her to crouch under certain platforms, making her a master of exploration.

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Cover your weaknesses by removing siblings if necessary.

— When faced with an enemy that can defend against Shinobu’s bullets, show them who’s boss by switching to Maya. Deciding which sibling is best for each situation.

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Grim Guardians.  exorcism

— Disengaging can be done at any time with no restrictions or disadvantages, though it does require both to be fit for battle.

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Each sibling has a number of unique sub-weapons, giving you plenty of options to change your strategy when the time calls for it. Most of Shinobu’s sub-weapons can be used flexibly, allowing him to offset his direct attack. Don’t hesitate to use them while you have weapon units in stock. On the other hand, Maya’s sub-weapons mainly serve to close the distance between herself and the demons, but in turn require technical precision. Some may even have unexpected functions.

Throwing knives

Throws the knife diagonally upwards. Especially effective against airborne enemies and those that are difficult to target.

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Shikigami

Maya creates a shikigami that can damage enemies. They can also block certain attacks, but will fade faster as a result.

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In the event that a sibling falls in battle, they can be revived with the Sister Rescue feature, provided you can return to where they fell.

— A fallen sibling can be revived by pressing a button while standing over their body, but demons will not wait for the process to complete.

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— Game overs can be avoided as long as you can save the other sister. Never give up, even when you’re alone.

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No demon hunter is complete without the ultimate demon hunting technique either. The siblings can be synchronized to fire a devastating bullet that wipes out most demons in an instant, giving them a significant advantage when facing the forces of evil.

— Shinobu and Maya can launch a powerful attack when the Purge Gauge is maxed out. The Purge Gauge naturally increases, but can also be sped up by collecting items along the way.

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— Use this powerful attack to eliminate demons.

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■ Feature #2: Defeat bosses to gain new sub-weapons, unlocking a whole new layer of exploration

Defeating bosses will grant new sub-weapons, giving the siblings exciting new abilities. These sub-weapons also open up new avenues and means of exploration at other stages.

— Subtype weapons can be switched at any time. Be aware that they require weapon points to use.

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— New sub-weapons will not only allow you to destroy demons you couldn’t before, but can also help you reach previously inaccessible areas of the castle.

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Grim Guardians.  exorcism

Thorough exploration will allow you to uncover secret passages in the castle that may lead to power-up items for the siblings, not to mention the whereabouts of the other missing students.

— A sharp eye can allow you to find hidden paths and items behind seemingly inconspicuous walls.

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— You can find power-up items with careful exploration, turning the tide in your favor.

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— Do you have what it takes to find and rescue all the students trapped in the castle?

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■ Feature #3: Enjoy the story your way with “clean” or “filtered” audio tracks

Grim Guardian’s story focuses on two main aspects: the mystery behind the school’s transformation and the whereabouts of the other students.

Enjoy the original experience in “Pure” mode with all original Japanese voices for story mode, or choose “Filtered” for action-focused English voice acting tailored for genre fans.

Grim Guardians.  exorcism
Grim Guardians.  exorcism

■ Feature #4: Tailor the difficulty to your gaming needs with a unique style system

A total of three different styles – Casual, Veteran and Legendary – are available to choose from, allowing players to tailor the difficulty to their needs. This can be changed at any time after starting the game and will have no effect on the story.

— Casual style. unlimited lives and no knockback when damaged makes for a fun, casual run.

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— Veteran style. Perfect for those looking for action games of yesteryear.

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— Legend Style. intense enough to require unlocking. Do you have what it takes to clear it?

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Furthermore, collaboration with both Shinobu and Maya will be possible if both controllers are available. Jumping is possible at any point during the game, so don’t hesitate to invite friends on your journey to conquer this mysterious demonic castle.

— Attacking together in co-op allows for extra damage. The sky’s the limit when it comes to combo options.

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– Maya riding Shinobu. Jump on your friend’s character to reach higher, unlocking new routes.

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