A new trailer for the upcoming hack-and-slash title from NIS and Aquaplus covers some of the additional playable characters in the PS4 exclusive, Utawarerumono: ZAN.
The trailer covers the characters Nekone, the child magician who uses a staff and some nifty magic attacks to thwart enemies. Her basic melee attacks aren’t all that impressive, but her special move looks pretty cool.
The scholar Maroro is depicted as a scared but resilient magician who utilizes his clumsy style of fighting to dispatch enemies, while Atuy showcases some of the best looking animations in the game with a lot of traditional swordfighting technique and a pretty obvious allusion to the Dynasty Warriors inspiration that fuels the game’s combat.
The dancing duo of Uruuru and Saraana have a very unique fighting style, insofar that they twirl, spin, and move around the battlefield as if they were pair in a ballroom dancing competition.
We don’t get many kind of fighters like that, so it’s at least nice to see that – despite the game’s obvious rip-off of Dynasty Warriors – there are some unique character designs and fighting styles being added to the game to help separate it from the herd.
The biggest drawback is that the game is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Automatically it means that it was possibly toned down or modified to accommodate Sony’s censorship standards, which has become increasingly prevalent lately. It’s a shame because a lot of games are getting cut off at the knees creatively due to Sony’s censorship policies. We’ll see how much has changed (if anything has been altered) when the game launches and we can compare it to the Japanese version that came out a couple of years ago.
Nevertheless, if you were interested in Utawarerumono: ZAN you can look for the game to launch on September 13th, 2019 exclusively for the PS4. I can’t imagine a niche game like this busting up the sales charts in any significant way, but hopefully they consider porting it to the Nintendo Switch down the line, since Nintendo doesn’t force game developers to censor their games like Sony does.