Niche Spotlight – Katana ZERO: A Murderously Stylish Cyberpunk Action-Platformer

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Adult Swim Games is publishing Askiisoft’s stylish, murderous action-platformer Katana ZERO. The game is currently in development for Windows PC, and it’s already shaping up quite nicely.

The game is focused on the hardcore end of the spectrum, where one hit means death for you and your enemies. Instead of absorbing lots of comparisons to things like Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and Mark of the Ninja, you should hit play on the above video to see the game in motion.

Described as a “fast paced neo-noir action platformer, focusing on tight, instant-death acrobatic combat” combined with a “dark 80’s neon aesthetic,” even the game’s soundtrack oozes a stylish, cyberpunk feel.

The protagonist primarily wields a katana, while also making use of a time-warping drug named Chronos. You’ll have to traverse hand-built levels and overcome the onslaught of enemies – all in the hope of taking back what is yours.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Askiisoft:


Katana ZERO is a fast paced neo-noir action platformer, focusing on tight, instant-death acrobatic combat, and a dark 80’s neon aesthetic. Aided with your trusty katana, the time manipulation drug Chronos and the rest of your assassin’s arsenal, fight your way through a fractured city, and take back what’s rightfully yours.

Key Features:

  • Run, sneak, walljump, grapple hook, roll, slash bullets, toss pottery, and slow down time to complete levels.
  • No procedural generation. No backtracking. No metroidvania gimmicks or item collection. Every level is a unique and lovingly designed challenge to overcome.
  • A rich story filled with unique characters, all tied into the gameplay and level design.

A release date for Katana ZERO is currently not known, however for now you can view the game’s Steam page.


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Brandon Orselli

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