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A playable demo has been announced for upcoming demon slaying epic ‘Toukiden: Kiwami’, available from the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and the PlayStation®Vita computer entertainment systems on the 25th March 2015.
The demo serves as an early introduction to the world of ‘Toukiden: Kiwami’ and features two distinct game modes:
The first is an ‘introductory demo’ and is comprised by the first two chapters of Toukiden, including the edit mode where players can create and customise their own unique Slayer. This mode will also allow players to choose to equip their character with one of the three brand new weapon types (naginata, club, rifle).
The second is a set of ‘special missions’ that can also be enjoyed by those who have played ‘Toukiden: the Age of Demons’. These special missions have been specifically designed for this demo and are set to a very high difficulty level.
For those players who have never before played a game in the Toukiden series, these missions may be too difficult. However, the full version of the game will increase difficulty in a much more gradual manner, so even more difficult stages than these can eventually be cleared after powering up your equipment and character.
Although these missions are not recommended for newcomers to the series, they do include a selection of weapons, armour and Mitama the player can equip before heading out to the field and, more importantly, they will remain available for gamers to come back to for another try after they have mastered their battle skills in the full game. Clearing all the available missions will allow a gamer to get a glimpse of Chapter 8- where the brand new ‘Kiwami’ portion of the story begins. Additionally, clearing all missions unlocks various special features and items that can be carried over to the full game.
This part of the demo will also feature a few of the brand new Oni- the demons Slayers are called to face. Additionally, more information about Tenko, the fan-favourite animal companion of every Slayer has surfaced. Tenko are an invaluable ally, as they can be sent to gather ingredients and material for crafting, and their relationship with the Slayer determines the wealth and variety of items collected. In ‘Toukiden: Kiwami’ players can customise their Tenko before sending it out on missions, equip it with Mitama that help with item collection, and can even feed it snacks that change its colour!
In the deeply rich world of Toukiden, Demons (Oni) have always hid in the shadows and aimed to torment mankind. Through history, a secret caste of warriors, the Slayers, have been trained to dispose of the demonic threat before it could consume the world. However, an event called the ‘Awakening’ caused rifts to appear in space and time. Through those rifts places that had long disappeared from the world resurfaced, and with them came hordes of various demons that started to relentlessly hunt humans.
As the extinction of humanity was not far from reality, the Slayers opened their villages as sanctuaries, to protect those who escaped, and provided a last line of defence against the horror.
Toukiden’s original storyline starts 8 years after the Awakening and follows a newly trained Slayer from the village of Utakata (enter: the player!). The player’s role is to complete various missions, strengthen his relationships with the other warriors in the village and eventually start battling the largest of the Oni to banish them back to their dimension and free the souls of the heroes they’ve trapped.
Set against a backdrop inspired by various historical periods of Japan, ‘Toukiden: Kiwami’ tells the tale of humanity’s last stand for survival. As it makes its debut appearance on the PlayStation4, ‘Kiwami’picks up the story from the beginning, allowing new players to familiarise with its vast, demon-ridden world. Nevertheless, it is actually almost double the size of the original game, offering fans of the series the opportunity to pick up where ‘Age of Demons’ stops and follow their slayer into a variety of new, exciting adventures.
Visually stunning, this game boasts an extensive character creation mode, a multitude of new and returning weapon types , each of which can be forged and upgraded to the player’s preferences, while it also features 300 characters based on both fictional and historical Japanese figures, whose souls help players strengthen their team and defeat their enemies.