May 18, 2024

If you happen to’ve performed Kaizen Recreation Works’ wonderully bizarre cosmic-horror-tinged vapourware deduction journey Paradise Killer, you may know the studio is not afraid to combine issues up, and its newly introduced Promise Mascot Company appears to be like to be an equally wild, genre-bending experience.

Kaizen Recreation Works describes Promise Mascot Company because the “world’s first (and finest) open-world mascot administration crime drama”, and it charts the adventures of a disgraced yakuza lieutenant – Michizane “Michi” Sugawara – after he is exiled to a cursed city and compelled to show a bankrupt mascot company right into a worthwhile enterprise.

And issues solely get weirder from there. As Michi, gamers should discover the city of Kaso-Machi of their run-down truck, making mates, putting offers, and recruiting mascots (right here “dwelling creatures which have coexisted with mankind because the daybreak of historical past”) by satisfying their desires and calls for – whether or not that be a rice ball or one thing moderately much less benign.

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And as soon as mascots are on the books, they are often skilled and despatched out into the world, the place they will herald money and renown for each efficiently accomplished job. “After all, jobs don’t all the time go to plan,” Kaizen Recreation Works notes. “Whether or not it is a slender doorway, kitchens catching on hearth, or dreadful nightmare spirits, hazard lurks round each nook.” Fortunately, by tactically enjoying Hero Playing cards, representing characters from round city, gamers might help mascots “overcome any problem and win hearts, minds and a wholesome paycheque.”

Promise Mascot Company is being created together with Japanese developer Ikumi Nakamura (The Evil Inside, Ghostwire: Tokyo) and idea artist Mai Mattori, who’ve each designed and developed the world and characters – “working collectively to create a singular Yakuza household, a repurposed love resort and a forged of memorable, occasionally-horrific mascots”. It additionally options illustrations from UK-based Japanese manga artist Inko Ai Takita, and a soundtrack from Alpha Chrome Yayo and Ryo Koike.

The one draw back to all that is that Promise Mascot Company continues to be someway off – it will be launching for PS5, PS4, Xbox Collection X/S, Xbox One, Change, and PC someday in 2025.