Coming Soon: Castle of Shikigami

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That’s right, the next shmup release from Degica Games will be Castle of Shikigami!

Congrats to @AlbertZero on Twitter and Michael Anderson on Facebook for figuring it out in our Mystery Clue contest! And after only one clue, too! They’ll each get a key for the game for their amazing prognostication.

So what is Castle of Shikigami?

A bizarre string of serial murders has occurred in Japan. Each victim was killed slowly, over an entire day. The 32nd victim has just been found. And you are going to stop it. Via mystical powers and shoot’em up gameplay. (There are very few problems in video games that can’t be solved this way.) Each of the playable characters has their own unique shooting mechanics while sharing the tension system, which rewards risky play with stronger shots.

Castle of Shikigami has never gotten a proper EN release, with only a PS2 release redubbed Mobile Light Force 2 with all the story pulled out making it outside of Japan, so this will be the first time ever that you can experience the full game in English! And with all six characters having a separate story, that is a lot that you were missing out on.

Be on the lookout for more info about Castle of Shikigami in the coming weeks!

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Koihime Enbu Tournament Results!

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Thanks everyone for competing in our Koihime Enbu Tournament last Thursday! We had a great turnout of 22 competitors, including our guest co-host kson! Brett spent a bit of time teaching her the game, and she was let loose on our competitors.

Perhaps though, Brett’s teaching isn’t quite as good as was needed to teach someone to play a game competitively in such a short time, as kson went out in her first two matches.

But that wasn’t the end for all of you! It was a hard fought tournament, but long time Fight Night veteran Level5 came out on top, with a dramatic 3 set matchup with another Fight Night veteran nycbrandon to finish out the night.

Congratulations to our top 3, and to everyone who entered the competition! We hope to see you all again soon!

 

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Scar of the Doll – Impressions

 

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One of the fun things about being the community manager for a game publisher is you get to play a lot of games you wouldn’t normally come across. Scar of the Doll is one of those games. I’m not usually someone who goes for visual novels so it would have never been on my radar. But I’m glad I didn’t get the chance to overlook it, and here are my impressions on why you shouldn’t overlook it either.

First, you’ll have to excuse me for being a bit tight-lipped on details, but the men upstairs don’t want any spoilers, and if I tell you how uuugk…

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That would have been a spoiler.

What was I saying? One of the first things that struck me about Scar of the Doll is that it hits you with that just slightly off kilter feeling right from the beginning. Even before the first major “wait, what” moment, there are several minor moments that just feel slightly odd.

The main character will hear a sentence that is just absurdly out of place for the current conversation, or timelines of what you say compared to things other people are saying don’t line up. Or when I checked the answering machine and hrghk….

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Spoiler…

Nothing strange there. Yeah. I’m fine. This is exactly how I left things.

This slightly odd feeling never let’s you feel completely comfortable.

The second thing I noticed is that this game is an excellently paced mystery. Every time you think you’ve got it figured out they’ll reveal “Oh, you’re right about X, but there is MORE…”

Just as you figure out one thing, the next mystery appears, and these mysteries aren’t coming out of nowhere either. Because the third thing is that this game loves details.

And those details, little bits you’ll forget like how when you get off the train that…. uhghkkk…

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NO SPOILERS!

Did something happen? Why is my desk so clean? And was it really this late? Oh well, need to finish this up.

The details always set up the reveals. Every time the mystery deepens, all these little details you’ll have completely forgotten about, or thought were just little ways of making the player feel uncomfortable, those were all pointing to something else behind the immediate mystery. The mysteries never feel like they came out of nowhere, they always had small hints, but you’ll overlook those hints. And then, a new mystery springs from those little hints, like a matryoshka doll of mysteries.

Wait? Where are you going? The article isn’t over yet. Did you hear a cell phone ringing?

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Scar of the Doll-Coming Soon

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A mysterious disappearance, a devoted sister.

Travel to Tokyo as Asumi to uncover the secrets behind your vanished sister. From master storyteller Hidehisa Miyashita, the scenario writer for the critical and cult darling Folklore, play Scar of the Doll, April 20th on Steam!

This brand new remastered version of the Child Dream classic features upgraded visuals and new content! Find your way through the brilliant and chilling mystery. Can you find your sister? Can you uncover the mystery? Will you be able to face the frightening truth?

Find out on April 20th!

We used to Fight As Children…
We Fought Over the TV…
I wanted to watch cartoons and you wanted to watch science programs…
In the end I’d always burst into tears…
And you’d always let me watch what I wanted…
Father was always busy…
It was always just the two of us…
We used to go to the festival every summer…
Always…together…
You smiling beside me…wearing the same yukata…
But one year we stopped going…a boy picked you up… I knew you liked that boy
I used to stand by the door watching you…
The teddy bear you gave me that one day… I still have it. I’ve been taking good care of it.
The darkness of the night is scary…it makes me more aware of how lonely I am…

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Steam VR Sale!

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Happy Belated Birthday to the HTC VIVE! The Vive was released one year ago yesterday and it is time for a celebration.

The fun of VR is to put yourself INTO the game. To get an immersive experience that lets you be part of the action. And hey, immersing yourself into situations outside your every day life sounds like a good way to celebrate a birthday!

So let’s look at the three Degica Games on sale in VR this week!

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It’s time to be awesome at the biggest sport in the world, with Head It!

Your teammate has set you up, and all you have to do is get your head in the game. Be loved and adored by the fans as you get goal after goal. The world of soccer is yours for 50% off, so don’t let that goalie stop your shot!

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Or maybe, it is time to show off your mastery of the Japanese art of the sword in Samurai Sword VR. Dash through beautiful scenery as you cut down your foes.

Less an honoable Samurai and more an underhanded ninja? Then instead master the 2 kunai/shuriken only levels. Either way, you can see the world of Japan surround you, for 50% off.

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And what is the best thing you can do to celebrate? Break stuff! And as it is in the virtual world and not reality, there is no mess, no cleanup, just pure unbridled joy at watching stuff get knocked down in Destroyer!

Ancient ruins float in the sky, why they are there? Who cares, let’s tear it all down! Embrace your inner child and throw things at it until it all comes down for 50% off!

No matter which game you get, let’s all celebrate the success of the Vive by immersing ourselves in a whole virtual world of fun!

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Degica Games + Steam Anime Sale = Sugoi Deals Sugoi Games.

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Steam is once again doing their Anime Sale, and that means it is time for more deals on Degica Games!

You want to know more about a few games in the sale, ne?

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DoDonPachi Resurrection, the latest CAVE game to land on Steam for 30% off! Giant kawaii robot girls, sugoi ships, and so, so many modes modes! What more could you want from a bullet hell shooter?

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And speaking of danmaku, we’ve also got RefRain ~Prism Memories~ for 40% off! From doujin circle RebRank, RefRain is a dive into cyberpunk hacking as represented by deep shooter gameplay.

These two Degica Games, and many more are on sale now, so run over to the Anime Steam Sale to find the game for you.

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And of course, our Studio Saizensen Week is still ongoing, so head over there to learn about a giveaway, contest, and more!

Between the Anime Sale and Studio Saizensen Week, there is no way you don’t want one of these Degica Game deals. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. It’s not like we like you or anything. Baka. *blush*

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Saizensen Week: Umihara Kawase Day

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The Studio Saizensen Week continues, but today is all about Umihara Kawase!

The Umihara Kawase series are puzzle platformers unlike any other game you’ve ever played. Using a fishing line and hook, Umihara, joined by others in later games, swing, hang, climb, and even launch themselves using the lines elastic quality. With their interesting physics mechanics, the Umihara Kawase series is a game you can spend years mastering, or jump in today and have fun.

You can get the entire trilogy for 70% off right now on Steam!

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Want to know more about the series? Join us later today on Twitch as we stream with Mr. Kondou, the illustrator of the series. He’ll be answering questions from the chat, so don’t be shy about posting your best questions for him. We’ll be streaming at 6PM Pacific, so set your alarms and don’t miss out!

We also have the Sayonara Umihara Kawase Time Attack Contest still running until April 3rd!

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See if you can be the master of Stage 6, or just see how you can do for fun. There are plenty of great prizes, but make sure to read ALL the rules! We look forward to all your entries!

Umihara Kawase is a game you could waste days, weeks, or even years in. Take this opportunity to get this legendary series today.

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Studio Saizensen Week!

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Hi everyone, it’s STUDIO SAIZENSEN WEEK!

So what does that mean? It means big sales on all things Studio Saizensen on Steam! But we don’t just have sales, we also have cool events! Let’s take a look at what we have for you this week.

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For the fight fans among us, we have Blade Arcus From Shining: Battle Arena at 50% off! Pick your two fighters, and challenge the world!

And this week, and every week, be sure to drop in on our Thursday Fight Nights Stream! You can join in on Twitch at 5:30 PM Pacific. Talk the game with our host Brett, or jump in on the open lobby now that you have picked up the game!

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Prefer your fights to be a bit of a brawl? Then check out the Beat’em Up/RPG Hybrid Code of Princess! Regain your throne for 50% off, and that isn’t all, for the duration of the sale, you get the OST free (be sure to select the bundle!).

Enjoying Code of Princess? Be sure to enter our Studio Saizensen Week Giveaway for your chance to win a Code of Princess Box Set
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But how can we talk Studio Saizensen without Umihara Kawase! You can get the trilogy right now for 70% off! So hop, skip, jump, swing, launch, or drop on over to the Steam store to get in on this deal.

Already a master, join in on our Sayonara Umihara Kawase Time Attack contest. Not a master? Try it out anyway, who knows, you might be a prodigy!

And as a special treat, join us Wednesday, the 29th at 6pm Pacific for a special Umihara Kawase stream, with Mr. Kondou himself answering your questions!

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Learn more about all our events on the Studio Saizensen Week Page! Don’t miss out on all the fun and games!

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Thanks! VR Sports takes off as our #1 VR Game!

After only two days, our new title, VR Sports has taken off! Thanks to everyone out there that picked it up, VR Sports has become our #1 VR game ever.

And we can see why!

Much like Wii Sports did for the Wii, VR Sports does for the HTC Vive. It is a great game to show off how VR can be used, and is excellent with anyone of any skill level or age.

VR Sports gives you 7 sports to choose from:

Bowling

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Homerun Derby

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Soccer

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Basketball

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Japanese Archery

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Clay Shooting

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Boxing

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Each game requires an entirely different set of skills and control, and you will have difficulty levels perfect for easing you into each one.

And once you’ve masterd the games, you can compete with everyone around the world to be the best VR Athlete, with online ranking!

So pick it up, put on your headset, and be prepared for a workout!

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Heroes have had the spotlight for far too long! In Antagonist, you get to play as the lead villain (and actor), Dark Lord D’Vil.

Dark Lord D’Vil is a rising star at Evil Productions, a production company that shoots only the most “realistic” video game cutscenes. For D’Vil, and the other villains, it’s just acting. But for the heroes, the scripted events are all too real.

After an incident at the top of a volcano, D’Vil is forced to team up with Hero of Light, Ralph, in an “improvised” adventure. Will you work together to uncover the dark truth behind Evil Productions, or will you clash like true hero and villain?

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HISTORY

Antagonist started out as an entry in the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest. It ended up placing 1st in the RPG Category among 100’s of submissions. Degica approached the developer, NIVLACART, about expanding the entry into a commercial game.

NIVLACART worked on/off for the last few years, expanding the story, adding new characters/scenes, enemies, updated art, a “combo system” and much more! The game is now finally approaching it’s full release on Steam, March 17, 2017!

Click here to go to the store page

ABOUT THE GAME

Antagonist is a Visual Novel/RPG hybrid. The gameplay is broken into two parts: the dialogue scenes and the more traditional RPG turn-based encounters.

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Most of the story is conveyed through dialogue sequences between D’Vil and other characters. Like most visual novels, the player will have dialogue choices to make that will affect the exchange. There are also a few critical decisions that will determine if the player takes the good or evil path.

One of the best aspects of Antagonist is the charming characters and their banter. D’Vil and Ralph have a love/hate relationship that you’ll want to see to the end. D’Vil and Teeth have a fun villain/sidekick dynamic going on, with Teeth always there to keep D’Vil’s ego in check. There are also plenty of familiar faces from other game universes that have taken on “punny” alter egos. RPG Maker veterans like Eric, Terence, Yvla, Ulrika, and Bennett also make an appearance.

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When it’s time for an encounter, the game will switch to a combat scene. Combat plays out in an Active Time Battle System, with both the player and enemies taking turns. The player can control D’Vil, but his partner is AI controlled.

Later in the game, you will be able to perform “combo” or “follow up” attacks. If you time D’Vil’s action with your partner’s action, you’ll be able to perform a devastating combination attack! Some of these will also change the properties of the attack, e.g. a damaging attack becomes a buff. Skill descriptions will often give hints into which skills combine and their effects. These need to be used tactically to overcome later encounters!

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Antagonist also doesn’t slouch on the presentation. It has beautiful, hand-drawn portraits and CGs, and a rockin’ soundtrack!

Antagonist hits Steam March 17, 2017! Click here to go to the Steam Store page and make sure to add it to your Wishlist to be notified when it becomes available!

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