Today Izanagi Games reached out with a press release to provide an update about the upcoming escape game/bullet hell shoot ’em up hybrid Yurukill: The Calumniation Games.
The game, which was initially scheduled for 2020 and then delayed to this year, has been delayed again. It’ll now release in the spring of 2022 for PS5, PS4, PC via Steam, and Switch.
Below you can check out a new character reveal for Binko on top of Sengoku Shunji and Rina Azami.
We also get a glimpse at the story of Yurukill: The Calumniation Games.
Sengoku Shunju wakes up in his prison cell.
A woman wearing a fox mask introduces herself as Binko, and says: “Sengoku Shunju, you are a criminal sentenced to years in prison, you’ve been offered the chance to gain your freedom.
You must survive the various ‘attractions’ in a certain ‘amusement park.’ If you succeed, your crimes will be pardoned.”
“No, you’ve got it all wrong, I’ve been falsely accused! I’m innocent!”
The victim of one of his alleged crimes appears. Her name is Rina Azami.
“Sengoku Shunju. A name I will never forget. You killed my entire family. For that, I will never forgive you.”
Sengoku is in prison, charged with arson and murder—for burning to death 21 people, including Rina’s family.
Naturally, the victim does not believe a word of Sengoku’s claims of innocence.
Besides Sengoku are four other groups of criminals and their respective victims.
The accused criminals are called “Prisoners,” and the victims “Executioners.” Criminals and victims must pair up to face the amusement park’s attractions.
There are a total of six criminals and five victims. There are five teams: Mass Murderers, Death Dealing Duo, Crafty Killers, Sly Stalkers, and Peeping Toms.
The Prisoners hope to overcome the challenges so that they may be pardoned.
Should the Executioners win, their wishes will be granted. At long last they will be able to avenge their loved ones.
The challenges take place in a secluded amusement park called “Yurukill Land.”
All manner of secrets will be unearthed as the teams face each attraction.
Who will survive the cruel, twisted place that is Yurukill Land?
We also learn that on top of Homura Kawamoto, whom you may know for creating Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler and has created the original story for the game, the scenario will be co-authored by his younger brother, Hikaru Muno.
We already knew that the character design is by mangaka Hiro Kiyohara, who worked on Valkyria Revolution,
Below you can read profiles for them all, including an extended staff list.
Homura Kawamoto’s profile
Homura Kawamoto made his debut with “Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler” in 2014, in the magazine Gangan Joker. The Kakegurui series, including spin-offs, has sold over 6.2 million copies, and has been adapted into a variety of projects including anime, movies, and games. Kawamoto has worked on original scenarios and planning for numerous titles, such as “The War of Greedy Witches,” and “Greatest M” (co-written with Hikaru Muno). He has also passed the national bar exam in Japan.
Hikaru Muno’s profile
Hikaru Muno is the younger brother of Homura Kawamoto, and made his debut with a job search manual called “Bonjin Naitei Senryaku” (Job Hunting Strategies for Average People) in 2012. He has worked on numerous projects including original scenarios for comics, novels, how-to-books, board games, and is the author of the Kakegurui series’ light novels, “Kakegurui Trip” and “Kakegurui Joker.” He has also worked on “Build Divide” and “High Card” (both co-written with Homura Kawamoto) and a board game called “Hen-na Kanji” (Strange Chinese Characters).
Hiro Kiyohara’s profile
Hiro Kiyohara is a manga artist and illustrator. He is best known for the comic version of “Another,” among other titles. He has worked on illustration for a range of novels, including “All-Round Appraiser Q” and the “Detective versus Detectives” series. He is a character designer for the PS4 game “Valkyria Revolution” and is currently writing the manga series “The Decagon House Murders” for the monthly manga magazine, Monthly Afternoon.
- Original story/ scenario: Homura Kawamoto (Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler)/ Hikaru Muno
- Producer/ Director: Shinsuke Umeda (Death Come True)
- Character design: Hiro Kiyohara (Valkyria Revolution)
- Soundtrack: Yuko Komiyama (Monster Hunter series)
- Genre: Escape adventure and bullet hell shoot ‘em up
- Shoot ‘em up part development: G.Rev (Mamorukun Curse!)