Die by the Blade, an upcoming “samurai-punk” fighter, has released a new trailer and launch date. The game will be available on November 3rd, 2022, for the PlayStation 4 and 5. You can watch the reveal trailer on PlayStation’s YouTube channel here:
The premise is definitely a strong hook, and surprisingly, many fans recalled the 90’s PlayStation game Bushido Blade. Many of the mechanics are the same, including one-on-one sword battles with one-hit kills and no health gauge.
However, it’s the cyberpunk setting of Die by the Blade that helps distinguish it. This will allow the devs more freedom to create unique weaponry or characters.
The biggest challenge that Die by the Blade must contend with is the evolution of fighting games since Bushido Blade. Competitive gaming has escalated since the 90’s, and fans have noted that one-hit kills may not be as viable with online gaming.
One-hit kills are generally a pretty frustrating mechanic, and sometimes, it can even feel like a lazy way to manufacture difficulty. But with sword combat, it’s a perfect fit to capture the realism of samurai sword duels, which could easily be decided by a single strike.
Also, while other titles with an extremely low TTK can be aggravating due to unwise team decisions (such as Battle Royale arenas), the fighting genre is better suited.
There’s a certain elegance to mastering the timing of a game like this, which focuses on parrying and dodging instead of stringing a load of combos together. It’s important to note that the Steam product page has mentioned that weaponry will determine play style, and that fans can expect to find a single-player campaign too.
Both the graphics and art design in Die by the Blade’s marketing look promising. It’s been developed by Triple Hill Interactive, Grindstone, and Toko Midori Games, via publisher Kwalee.
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