If you've been tuned into the world of RPGs these days, chances are you've heard of Tokyo RPG Factory. They're the team behind recent games like Lost Sphear and I Am Setsuna. As their name implies, their specialty lies in making role-playing games, and their next project is no different. Going by the name of 'Oninaki', this dark looking RPG is only a month out from its official release. For that reason, then, why not have a playable demo to get a feel for what it's all about? The other day, Oninaki's director, Atsushi Hashimoto, announced that the game is receiving a playable demo of its beginning portion on all platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam. The best part of the news? Your progress in the demo will be carried over to the game in full. Get cracking!

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The world of Oninaki is an interesting one, set in a society that fully embraces the idea of reincarnation after death; a world where reincarnation happens in everyday life. You play as Kagachi, a man who works as a Watcher. In Oninaki's world, when someone's soul is grieved for too heavily after death, that person cannot be reincarnated. This, in essence, turns the person into a lost soul. It's Kagachi's job as a Watcher to guide these souls into the next world, making sure they pass on peacefully. According to the developers, a lot of the game will deal with and tackle heavier themes like these; reincarnation, death, suicide, and more. It's a different take compared to their past two games, and one that they hope will intrigue players even more.

Oninaki's combat system plays in a way similar to other RPGs involving buddy-support systems. As a Watcher, Kagachi is also capable of utilizing powerful spirits known as Daemons to assist him in battles against foes. Each Daemon enhances your abilities and skills in fights, with all of them having radically different abilities from one to the next. For example, the first Daemon has a quick dash-dodge on top of his offensive abilities, making this one good for avoiding enemy attacks. If you're wanting to really dig into this combat system yourself, have no fear. Tokyo RPG Factory also revealed that on top of the regular story mode slice of the demo, they've included a 'Battle Mode' to enjoy afterward. This mode sets you up with a more upgraded Kagachi, who has four Daemons to use. This mode is exclusively for battle, used to test out the Daemons, their skills, and get a feel for "the nuances of Oninaki's combat".

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To demonstrate further, the team put out a new trailer yesterday showing off the Daemon battle system; you can check that out down below. Oninaki is set to release on August 22nd, and you'll be able to play it on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Digital pre-orders have opened up for all three versions, and pre-ordering the PS4 edition will net you an exclusive weapon and dynamic theme for your console. Since the demo's out now, don't wait any longer! Go and give it a try and see if you like it. If you'd rather read more about the game first, you can check out Hashimoto-san's rundown on the PlayStation Blog. It gives some more introduction to the game's lore and shows off its beautiful artwork to boot. Between this, the studio's previous games, and titles like Octopath Traveler, it seems old-school RPGs are making a substantial comeback.

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