Onigiri Online is Being Localized for the West on PS4 and XBox One

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Onigiri Online is a freemium action MMORPG that, until now, has only been available in Japanese. The good news is developers Cyberstep have just announced they’re localizing the title for the West for Xbox One, while previously it was confirmed for the west on PS4.

The game takes place in an alternate, ancient Japan based on Japanese folklore and mythology. In Onigiri, you play as the descendant of ancient demons, and set out on a quest with 8 companions in order to save the world from ruin. The developers regularly update the game, and hold real-time and seasonal events, too, so there’s always something new to see. Players are allowed up to three different characters, and a future update may allow players to purchase further character slots.

The game also allows players to buy in-game items. Weapons degrade in the game, but can be restored through special charms which can be purchased with real-world currency, for example. Other items for sale are more typical, including weapons, armour, healing potions, and more. The game even includes a raffle system that provides players a chance to win rare items and outfits.

The developers have assured that all the versions of the game will contain the same content. However, they did note that console updates are delayed by about a month due to Sony and Microsoft’s certification procedures.

Sharing characters across language regions or versions of the game will not be supported, unfortunately.

All we know of the Western release dates yet is that Onigiri Online will be available in 2015, and that the PS4 and Xbox One releases “may not match up precisely”, but we’ll keep you updated.

[Editor’s note: thanks to Windows Central for the details, and thanks to Paul for pointing out in the comments that we hadn’t credited them!]



With over ten years' experience as an editor, Dimi is Niche Gamer's Managing Editor. He has indefinitely put a legal career on hold in favor of a life of video games: priorities.

  1. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    December 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I thought this was confirmed a long time ago? Well it’s good to know it at least is still coming.

    But ugh, degrading weapons :/

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    December 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    To be clear, it was previously confirmed on PS4. This was my fault as I didn’t double check before I sent the scoop to Dimi. I updated the OP with the PS4 clarification. Still! Both platforms!

  3. 「Revis Dumas」
    「Revis Dumas」
    December 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    「I played this game on PC for about five hours with a few friends. It is okay. The combat leaves A LOT to be desired. Again, it is “okay”. I actually think this game works better on console/PC using a controller (Which I used).」

  4. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    December 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    To be fair, I usually read up on what we’ve posted about a game before, but I thought we hadn’t written about Onigiri yet. Little bumps like this will happen less and less the more I’m around. Still! Both platforms!

  5. ReaperX30
    December 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Glad to see it’s on the Xbox One also but I’m wondering about the degrading weapons and if it’s going to be a money trap.

  6. Javier Vega
    Javier Vega
    December 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I heard rumors that Korean MMO developers are trying to have put games on console I guess this would be the best attempt.

  7. Paul Acevedo
    Paul Acevedo
    December 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Please don’t forget to credit the source when you write a story. And you left out a lot of relevant or important information from our original article, to be honest.

  8. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    December 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Ugh, I knew I’d forgotten something. Apologies, everyone. This article went mini-FUBAR. Thanks.

  9. Paul Acevedo
    Paul Acevedo
    December 17, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for adding it, Dimi. No need to feel shame now that it’s corrected!

    I like the site, by the way. Niche games definitely deserve our love.

    Do you post at NeoGAF? If so, you should stop by and say hi in the Xbox One downloadable games thread. :)

  10. Zim
    December 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Which begs the question as to why this article reads as if the franchise(?) has never seen the West or been released to any English-speaking countries when it has been for a while: http://onigiri.cyberstep.com/

    It is also the very first result on google(photo attached) if you search “Onigiri.” So I’m not sure why Dimi didn’t do the bare minimum of research.

  11. 「Revis Dumas」
    「Revis Dumas」
    December 17, 2014 at 1:07 am

    「Also having played the game, weapons DO degrade (as said in the article), but you can pay in-game currency to have them repaired. It is REALLY annoying (although durability goes up A LITTLE BIT about half the time you get the weapon repaired).」

  12. Paul Acevedo
    Paul Acevedo
    December 17, 2014 at 2:47 am

    You can just repair them with soft currency, and they don’t degrade all that quickly. A lot of us are enjoying the Japanese version without making any in-app purchases.

  13. dsadsada
    December 17, 2014 at 4:03 am

    My only problem keeping me from trying this game is that it’s a freemium game made by CyberStep. I mean I love what they do but after the money I sank into Cosmic Break, I’m rather hesitant.

  14. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    December 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Thanks! WC looks great, by the way. We’re getting a redesign soon! :]

    I used to visit NeoGAF a lot, but stopped going because I felt left out ’cause I couldn’t contribute. Now maybe I have a reason to return. I’ll consider it. Thanks for the invite.

  15. ReaperX30
    December 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Good to know. Thanks.

  16. Paul Acevedo
    Paul Acevedo
    December 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    They don’t degrade all that quickly though.

  17. 「Revis Dumas」
    「Revis Dumas」
    December 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    「They do not degrade that quickly, but my friends and I have this problem where we feel a need to be as overpowered as possible so we can curbstomp everything in our way. So since skill are upgraded through repeated use, we would spam our skills (which would degrade the weapons) in the middle of town (There were others doing this, by the way) and the durability would go down rather quickly as a result.」