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Inti Creates next project: Grim Guardians. Demon Purge has a release date. Announced back in August, this awesome-looking side-scrolling platformer looks like a mix of fast-paced running and gun action. Mega Man with horror atmosphere and level design Castlevania to the eShop on February 23, 2023.

Grim Guardians is actually a spin-off of Inti’s Gal*Gun series, one of the developer’s most popular franchises, and features the series’ two heroines, Shinobu and Maya. You’ll be able to play the game alone or with a friend, and you’ll need the skills of both characters to get through the game.

The developer has also shared a number of details about this upcoming action-packed horror adventure, along with a thrilling new story trailer above.

Story
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.

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.

“When demons lurk nearby, we demon hunters show up.”
“Kamizono sisters and sisters, leave!

Feature 1: Replace when jumping out when going through a demonic castle.
Take control of Kamizono’s two tag team siblings. Make the most of the ranged-focused Shinobu and the close-range fighting Maya Kamizono as you make your way through the castle.

Shinobu Kamizono (voiced by Amy Uema)
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.

Maya Camizono (voiced by Chinami Hashimoto)
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 switch from Shinobu, as the opportunity to deal a lot of damage is presented.

Cover your weaknesses by removing siblings if necessary. 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.

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.

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

Feature 3: Enjoy the story your way with “pure” 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 “Refined” for action-focused English voice acting tailored for genre fans.

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.

Are you a fan of Gal*Gun? Will you be grabbing this gothic horror action platformer next year? Let us know!

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