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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  1. Astro
    February 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Damn, that looks pretty sweet.

    I hope they release the soundtrack alongside the game.

  2. Grim Cube
    Grim Cube
    February 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Been keeping an eye on this game for a while. As far as i know it comes out sometime this year.

  3. HowlJenkins
    February 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Damn, it’s probably too much to ask for a Vita port. But hopefully it eventually comes to PS4. This game looks sick.

  4. TehFineztJoker ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ?
    TehFineztJoker ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ?
    February 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Along with the 3 comparisons, I got a Hotline Miami (minus the top down view and guns however the violence and how it looks) and a Muramasa Rebirth vibe out of this game. I would say Transistor but there aren’t any big machines, just the futuristic look in this game. This game looks great so I’ll get it on PC when it releases. Would it be too much to ask for a Vita port? This game fits right in the palm of my hands.

  5. Fenrir007
    February 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I could do without the screen shaking. And some toning down of the effects, too.

  6. InfectedAI
    February 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Why would they mention that you can turn down the screen shak- oh they turned it up to 11.

  7. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    February 7, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I…I didn’t know I needed this till now.

  8. OldPalpy
    February 7, 2017 at 1:50 am

    God damn that’s some glorious pixel art porn!

  9. Tubsiwub
    February 7, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Looks super cool. Dig the music.

  10. sAy_YaS
    February 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Looks good!!! (glad screen shake can be turned off!).

  11. SiliconNooB
    February 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Everything needs more Trumpwave!