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Sumioni: Demon Arts

XSEED Reveals Sumioni: Demon Arts For Vita
by Matt Helgeson on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: Acquire
Release: Spring 2012
Rating: Rating Pending
Platform: PlayStation Vita

A new trailer for XSEED's new Vita game shows off its gorgeous art style and unique touch-screen mechanics. The game seems to take some heavy inspiration from games like Okami, Kirby: Canvas Curse, and Drawn to Life.

Developed by Japanese studio Acquire (which developed Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls), Sumioni is at heart a 2D platformer. Like Okami, it's graphical look is reminiscent of Japanese sumi-e (ink and brush) artwork. However, it's much more combat focused than Okami, allowing the player to use the touch screen to summon elemental powers like fire and water as well as large creatures called "godly familiars." As in Kirby and Drawn to Life, you can also use your touch screen brush to draw platforms over hazards like spikes or simply to make platforms that allow you to access higher areas in a level.

Acquire also requires players to use the back touch panel. To make more ink, you must furiously rub the back panel (that's what she said). However, during that time, you will be vulnerable to attack.

To get a better idea of what the game looks like in action, watch the trailer below. XSEED says that Sumioni: Demon Arts is slated for a Spring release, in the Vita "launch window."

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Platform:
PlayStation Vita
Release Date:
Spring 2012