Acquire announces Ancient Weapon Holly, a new roguelike action game

Ancient Weapon Holly

Japanese developer Acquire has announced Ancient Weapon Holly, a new roguelike action game and their second self-published title.

Ancient Weapon Holly is launching sometime in 2024 for Windows PC (via Steam) and PlayStation 5, and will be playable at PAX West 2023. The game was previously teased alongside the company’s other titles.

“We believe a powerful, autonomous weapon in the form of a human-hating young girl offers a completely fresh approach to dungeon-crawlers that action gamers will enjoy,” Acquire president and CEO Takuma Endo said in a press release. “The team can’t wait to offer hands-on with Holly at PAX West and Tokyo Game Show next month!”

Here’s a rundown on the game, plus its reveal trailer:

Holly, a humanoid weapon sealed deep within a labyrinth due to its potential to cause humanity’s downfall, swears vengeance upon humans after awakening from a slumber that spanned thousands of years.

Experience a tense roguelike action game where you protect the source of your stolen power, the altar. Destroy gates that block your way and aim to clear stages. Use the magic stones you acquire to evolve Holly and expand the altar to deepen your strategies.

About the Story

Long ago, when humans were still developing advanced civilizations, a war engulfed the world.

Among the multitude of weapons created, an autonomous weapon resembling a young girl was completed. Her arms could crack the earth like a whip, demolish any building in her path, and her red eyes mercilessly killed people one after another.

This girl was named ‘Holly’ by the people, and due to her overwhelming power, she was sealed deep within the earth.

After tens of thousands of years, the only emotion Holly felt upon awakening from her slumber in the dark magic ruins was an insurmountable hatred for humans.

“Humanity, perish.”

Even though her weapon functions have degraded and she can now only slightly damage the ground or walls, Holly’s vendetta against the world above has just begun.


  • Intense Combat – In the dungeons, a moment’s hesitation can be deadly. Breath-taking, intense combat awaits you. Face enemies with overwhelming strength and seize the fleeting moments of opportunity for strategic battles.
  • Strategically Lure Enemies into Pitfalls – Break the ground and block the enemy’s path. This is your way to survive. Predict the enemy’s movements, create pitfalls, and capture them all. Strategic foresight, rather than straightforward combat, is essential in this game.
  • Exhilarating Action of Burying Enemies in Pitfalls – Lure enemies into pitfalls and bury them with your own hands. The thrill of this moment is one of the game’s main attractions.
  • Deepen Strategy with Holly’s Evolution and Altar Unlocking – Defeat enemies to acquire enhancement items. Use these items to evolve Holly and unlock the altar’s functions! Experience a deepening of strategies as you play. With a skill tree format, a variety of enhancements are possible based on your strategy.


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