Ikai brings Japanese folklore to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

PM Studios and Endflame have released a trailer revealing their upcoming game Ikai. Set in feudal Japan, this new psychological horror game will bring dark Japanese folklore to life on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC and Switch later in October.

In Ikai, you are placed in a first-person game as a defenseless character named Naoko, whose only way to protect himself is to fend off the demons with mystical kanji. So no swords or guns for you today! Players must shut up and sneak around the evil demons or just run away as they solve puzzles, draw protective seals and explore a feudal Shinto shrine to discover Naoko’s story.

Along with the game announcement, a short trailer has been released by PM Studios to hopefully get you in the mood to bang.


At just 30 seconds, the trailer shows some of the game environments, some ghostly arms reaching through walls in a hallway, spiders and someone in the dark shattering. It certainly seems that there is a lot of mystery here. The description of the game follows:

Ikai embodies the spirit of the classic psychological horror genre with a defenseless lead character incapable of attacking the evil creatures. However, it explores a new sense of horror by having the player face the threats directly, neither fleeing nor attacking.

Each mechanic of the game aims to heighten this recognizable sense of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere. The slow, precise and natural movements as a way of interacting resemble those of real life to promote immersion in the eerie world of Ikai.

Ikai will be released in October 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, along with PC and Nintendo Switch. Think you have what it takes to take on these demons? Let us know in the comments way down below.