- Experience first-person horror from Japanese spirits, monsters, and yokai.
- Focus on drawing protective seals on the disturbing sounds and events around you.
- Test your wits against various puzzles that will try to stop you.
- Ikai is available now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
Fear and anxiety prevail after the darkest stories of Japanese folklore come to life in this first-person psychological horror game from final flame, an independent developer based in Barcelona, Spain. Set in a feudal age, Ikai revolves around Naoko, the priestess of a shrine who fights to defeat the spirits of her past and present.
Ikai pay homage to the psychological horror genre as you take control of a defenseless main character unable to attack. However, it explores a new sense of horror by having the player directly engage monstrous threats instead of being combative or running away. Every mechanic of Ikai is meant to heighten this relatable feeling of helplessness and create an incredibly tense atmosphere throughout the player’s journey through various world puzzles.
With Ikai Being EndFlame’s first game as a fearsome team of four, they wanted to take something out of the horror genre that…really, no one has looked for yet. Spoiler-free (of course), the developers wanted to do something different, and with that in mind, they opted for a defenseless main character. Drawing the protective seals as the main mechanic encourages this feeling of helplessness with slow, precise, natural and focused movements.
“Every mechanic in the game is meant to heighten this feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere,” says Laura Ripoll, producer and designer for Endflame. Slow and precise movements as a form of interaction resembles real life to encourage immersion like nothing else. With inspiration drawn from games like Bloober Team’s layers of fearto movies like the glowthe team’s main source of inspiration has been an anime called inuyasha. “Inuyasha is the manga and anime series, which is set in feudal Japan and a world filled with evil creatures from Japanese folklore who are after the shards of a sacred jewel that had been secured by a priestess until it shattered into hundreds of pieces. fragments. That’s where we get the idea of world building and the role of a priestess as protector and responsible for restoring peace,” says Rippoll.
Keep quiet, don’t bother evil… Or just run, run away from everything, if you can. Ikai is available now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
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Ikai is a first-person psychological horror game inspired by Japanese folklore. Experience horror at the hands of your defining yokai and immerse yourself in the superstitions of the past fueled by a unique story and exploration. Ikai embodies the spirit of the classic psychological horror genre with a helpless main character unable to attack evil creatures. However, it explores a new sense of horror by having the player face threats directly, without running away or attacking. Every game mechanic is meant to heighten this relatable feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere. Slow, precise and natural movements as a form of interaction resemble those of real life to encourage immersion in the mysterious world of Ikai. FEAR: Experience first-person horror from Japanese spirits, monsters, and yokai EXPLORATION: Walk through a feudal Shinto shrine and explore to discover the story behind DRAWING: Focus on drawing protective seals over the strange sounds and events around PUZZLES : Test your wits against the various puzzles that will try to stop you. STEALTH & RUN: Keep quiet, don’t bother evil… Or just run, run away from everything, if you can…