Feminine swordplay in anime style; that’s how you could describe the game from Shade and D3 Publisher.
Samurai Maiden (we don’t spell it the way they do stylistically: it doesn’t need capitalization), although its hack’n’slash genre can appeal to a larger audience, its visual style can be the opposite, and so it could be a somewhat layered game of Shade’s creation, which we wrote about earlier: “Samurai Maiden follows the story of a high school student who falls asleep after a tedious day of history lessons, waking alongside historical figure Nobunaga Oda, known as the first great unifier in Japan. The two find themselves at the burning Honnoji Temple, where the underworld has opened. Having trained in the art of sword fighting as a hobby, Tsumugi is suddenly put to the test in actual battle as she is gifted the evil warding blade by the desperate Nobunaga Oda, who steps into the underworld to put an end to the calamity. Even Tsumugi, an admittedly poor history student, recognizes Oda as the hero of the Sengoku period and understands she must rise to this odd occasion.
In Samurai Maiden, players can look forward to slaughtering mobs of undead enemies with Tsumugi’s powerful swordsmanship. With stylish combination attacks and strong counters, Tsumugi is well equipped to slay groups of zombies and tough bosses—but as a student from modern times, she is not capable of fighting her way out of the underworld! However, Tsumugi is not the only fighter: she encounters three friendly ninjas at the Honnoji Temple, known as The Gokage, who decide to brave the underworld with her. The Gokage comprises Iyo, a hardworking ninja with various tools, Hagane, an older ninja with a mechanical body, and Komimi, a genius with a unique jutsu. Through their travel, the team will quarrel, laugh, and fight alongside each other, forging new bonds in the process.
Players can use the “Gokage System” in their journey, which allows a rapid combination of Tsumugi’s sword style and The Gokage’s powerful ninjutsu. From the samurai’s slashing and piercing attacks—to the ninjas’ wire arm, freezing yin-yang jutsu, and various kunai attacks, players can utilize these two types of offense to fight through the hoard of undead enemies. Additionally, the group has unlockable special abilities: when Tsumugi and The Gokage’s spirits are heightened, they can unlock these abilities by locking their lips. However, they must build trust before these special unified abilities can be unleashed in battle. Cut through the evils in the Sengoku period while establishing relationships with the Sengoku maidens as the temple burns. The samurai slices while the ninjas dice to destroy the underworld of Honnoji Temple—will they be able to rewrite history?”
Samurai Maiden, set in the 16th century, is due for its Western release on December 8 for PlayStation 5, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.