Reborn, The Action RPG From Ex-NISA Developers

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Acttil is a Los Angeles based developer founded by former NIS America employees, who have now teamed up with Elemental Labs, a developer from Anaheim. This joint force of developers are creating Reborn, a game that is described as a real-time, weapon based action RPG for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

The game has been in active development for the past nine months, it’s built on the Unreal Engine and aims to “satisfy the action hero in all of us while recapturing the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of the classic RPGs that we enjoyed growing up,” according to Elemental CEO Franz Tissera.

The game is a futuristic vision set in Neo-Tokyo in the year 2188 and features a protagonist that is a “reborn” version of Musashi Miyamoto, the legendary swordsman from Japan. The overarching story is that the modern world is filled with people who are obsessed with technology, and end up becoming enslaved by a corrupt corporation.

You can check out the full official story and features below:


Neo-Tokyo is shrouded in lies and corruption. A massive wall stands between the wealthy and the poor as Rena Nakano, cyborg and president of Nexus Roku Corporation, leads the country into darkness. Manufacturing augmentations for human beings, Nexus Roku promises an easier life. But by embedding chips into their patients and buying out those who would expose them, Nexus Roku is able to alter the behavioral patterns of society to be docile and compliant, giving Rena Nakano unrivaled power and control.

Once used to seal away the Tengu Demon Sōjōbō, Rena Nakano is in search for the ancient pearl in hopes that upon freeing Sōjōbō, he will grant her immortality as a reward. Within this societal turbulence, a handful of unlikely heroes find themselves leading the resistance not only to Rena Nakano’s greed, but perhaps saving the world from Sōjōbō, and ultimately death, altogether.

Based on the real historical swordsman, Musashi Miyamoto leads this group through a plot teeming with deceit, violence, love, betrayal and sacrifice against a backdrop inspired by traditional Japanese lore. Rich with philosophical themes and generous subtext, Reborn tells a tale that asks the question, “What is freedom without free will?”

Game Features

  • Real-time weapon-based 3D combat emphasizing well-timed combos, special attacks, and environmental interaction.

  • Extensive RPG elements: find and equip a large variety of gear, access a License Board system allowing the player to choose new skills using the element-based Wu Xing system, and install “Augmentations” to further enhance your abilities.

  • Futuristic Japan setting that blends a traditional, naturalistic feeling with advanced modern technology.

  • Action-oriented story featuring an engaging, cool cast of characters and visually impressive environments.

  • Reborn features four distinct gameplay pillars: Combat, Stealth, Augmentation and Social Perception.

Reborn will be getting a kickstarter next week, with a goal of $150K, with the game scheduled to be completed fall of next year, should the campaign be successful.

You can view some more concept art for the game below:

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