Today D3 Publisher made an announcement that many probably weren’t hoping for anymore: Onee Chanbara Origin is finally coming west.
To be more specific, the game will launch in North America and Europe for PS4 and PC (via Steam) on October 14.
For those unfamiliar with Onee Chanbara Origin (or Onechanbara Origin, depending on how you transliterate it), it’s an HD remake combining the first two games of the bikini zombie hunting series, reimagining the story and adding the brand-new character design by Katsumi Enami.
On top of that, the western release will include both English and Japanese voice acting
You can check out the trailer and a gallery of screenshots below.
Here’s how D3 Publisher itself describes the game.
“Onee Chanbara Origin” is a complete HD remake with all new art style graphics and optimized storytelling, combining both “The Onechanbara” and “The Onechanbara 2” games, which were originally released for PlayStation®2 in 2004 and 2005. Now featuring all renewed main character designs, redesigned by main character “Onechanbara” series designer Katsumi Enami, “Onee Chanbara Origin” tells a new interpretation of the story of the two half-sisters, Aya and Saki, bound by mutual hatred and locked in a brutal fight to the death, eventually overcoming their cruel fate and fighting alongside one another to find their father in this high-speed action-adventure hack ‘n slash game series.
“Onee Chanbara Origin” follows the zombie-hunters, Aya and Saki’s fate into destroying each other and leads into the second of the series, “The Onechanbara 2”. After the sisters overcome their cruel fate in killing one another, they overcome their rivalry against one another and ally together to depart on their journey of finding their father, Oboro, after he leaves behind a message that names “Eva” as the mastermind behind his wife’s death and all of the chaos that ensued between the two sisters, including the vice that made Saki insane and hell-bent on avenging her mother. Little do they know they are coming even closer to the truth and their true enemy.
Play as a zombie hunter and battle through the stages with high-speed real-time swordplay, completing objectives and tasks while hacking and brawling through hordes of the Undead. Each character’s weapons become progressively covered in blood as players fight off zombies in gruesome detail. Occasionally, players may even transform into demons for short bursts of added power and energy with the downside cost of life energy. Each zombie hunter has her own unique abilities, and skillful play is rewarded for cooler combinations. Players can enjoy the game with full English voice-acting or play through with the original Japanese performances with English subtitles.”
If you’d like to see more about Onee Chanbara Origin, you can enjoy the latest Japanese trailer, a look at the game’s DLC, the previous batch of screenshots and trailer, another video and gallery, the reveal of the box art, the first gameplay, the previous gallery of images, another batch, another group of screenshots and the first trailer and more from all the way back in February 2019.