Sony has confirmed via the PlayStation Blog that Onigiri, an anime-inspired, free-to-play MMORPG will come to the PlayStation 4 on September 29. This is a little over a year after the game appeared in Japan in April 2014, and a few weeks after the game’s English Xbox One release earlier this month.
While Onigiri’s name means riceball, it may be better to think of the title as being “oni” and “giri.” Players create an avatar who happens to be a descendent of oni, a sort of yokai. As such, its their duty to fight the Kamigui and Goikkou with their eight companions. The Partner System allows NPCs to join your group, with affection systems that make allies more powerful and likely to share their backstory if you communicate with them.
There eight weapon types in Onigiri, which will come in handy since the battle system relies on hit and run techniques. There is no automatic targeting, so players must learn to master their weapons to perfectly time attacks. In most cases, monsters will have attacks that, if dodged, allow a player to capitalize with a combo. If someone doesn’t dodge, however, the enemy will launch into a chain attack.
Onigiri is immediately available in English on Windows PCs. The PlayStation 4 English version will be available after the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow night, and the Xbox One should be available soon.