A new take on the RPG genre.
Ackk Studios and Ysbryd Games announced that YYIK: A Post-Modern RPG will be arriving onto Switch, PC, and PS4 next January 17th (with a Vita version planned for a later date). Years after being almost ever-present in both social media and during game events, this love letter to JRPGs from a unique perspective is bringing 30 hours of fighting, leveling up, and solving mysteries.
After the main character, Alex witnesses a woman vanishing from an elevator, he goes on a search for her while inevitably falling into a deep rabbit hole through a surreal depiction of the ’90s and modern JRPGs. Under a Millennial-ish tone, players will be able to go through dungeons, fighting their way in turn-based battles that mix quick minigames such as brandishing cameras or musical instruments on the fly to either inflict more damage or defend yourself from a critical hit.
I’ve been following the development of this game through flashy gifs and occasional images that the developers showcase on Twitter, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this. The art style looks awesome, and as a devote of JRPGs, I’m looking forward to seeing how much innovation they can bring as an indie studio.
Voice acting and soundtrack seem to be on the right track already, the first featuring actors such as Chris Niosi (Tales of Zestiria, Disgaea 5) and Clifford Chapin (Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Attack on Titan, RWBY) while some of the songs you’ll be hearing in those long grinding periods have been composed by Toby Fox (Undertale) and Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana).
YYIK: A Post-Modern RPG will be available on Switch, PS4 and Steam for $19.99 supporting English and Japanese (with Simplified Chinese added for the Steam version at launch). Make sure to visit the official site for more information, and don’t forget to follow both Ackk Studios and Ysbryd Games on Twitter.