From the mystical, enchanting stories of Chinese mythology, to the skilled, loyal warriors known as Samurai, Asian cultures have provided plenty of material for all kinds of exciting media. Akira Kurosawa’s Japanese films are legendary regardless of who you ask, and Chinese dragons are instantly recognizable to many outside of their home country. In recent years, that influence has expanded into the realm of video games, with Asian developers from all over the world creating games and worlds that are based on the stories they grew up with, stories that are entirely engrossing but unfamiliar to some.
Everybody knows Greek and Roman mythology, and it’s time another culture’s stories rise up and are told. Those looking to dig into some of the most action-packed games based on these concepts will find several to look forward to on this list of the Top 6 Upcoming Games Based on Samurai/Asian Mythology.
Sword and Fairy: Together Forever
This first game on our list is an action RPG that is developed by SoftStar and published by EastAsiaSoft. Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is the latest entry in a franchise that has been running for nearly 30 years, almost as old as Final Fantasy! This entry boasts real-time combat with dynamic character switching, a mythology-based world with massive maps and tons of places to explore, and a skill system that will allow you to mold your character to fit your playstyle. You can also encounter and tame mythological creatures to add them to your party! Sword and Fairy: Together Forever will be available on August 4th for PS4 and PS5.
Many people are aware of the Chinese Terracotta Army hidden deep underground, and that idea was the basis for our next game, Terracotta. Developed by Appnormals Team, this game uses an interesting 2D art style with an isometric perspective, similar to that of Titan Souls. It follows an awakened terracotta warrior who must learn magical abilities to solve puzzles, combat enemies, and save the souls of his fellow soldiers. The game even takes players through a crucial time in Chinese history, covering such major events as the construction of the Great Wall of China. Terracotta is scheduled to release at the end of 2022 on PC.
Ronin: Samurai Redemption
For those who don’t know, a Ronin is a Samurai without a master to follow. The journey of three former Samurai to clear the name of their now-dead master and take their revenge is the core of Ronin: Samurai Redemption. This game takes place in 1426 and features grotesque, terrifying creatures summoned from the afterlife by an evil entity that has ravaged the land of Japan, specifically Hokkaido. Ronin: Samurai Redemption will be released later this year.
Faith of Danschant: Hereafter
Faith of Danschant: Hereafter is the sequel to the 2017 hit Faith of Danschant. This sequel is being developed by Beijing Joyfun and looks to be another awesome action RPG for fans of Chinese mythology. The game features sweeping, graceful Chinese martial arts combat, and real-time battles instead of the last game’s turn-based system. The game currently does not have a release date, but the released gameplay footage looks excellent, so maybe it’ll be in our hands before the end of the year or early next year.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty just recently broke cover as a game that is in development by iconic action game developer Team Ninja. Like their previous Nioh series, Wo Long takes place in a dark fantasy version of a real time period in Asian history, specifically the Han Dynasty. As a nameless soldier, you will battle nightmarish creatures and master weapon arts of all types in hopes of escaping the madness with your life. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is launching in early 2023.
Black Myth: Wu Kong
Black Myth: Wu Kong made a big splash when it was announced in 2020. A year later, another trailer was released announcing the game had moved development over to Unreal Engine 5, and the astounding graphics quality present in that trailer made gamers drool. It looks incredible, and the Dark Souls-style combat with creative characters seems to be a potent mix that will keep players all over the world engaged. The main character, a warrior monkey, also has shapeshifting abilities that allow them to transform into other creatures such as bugs or giant monsters. Mixing these shapeshifting abilities into the methodical combat could be what sets it apart from every other game that tries to emulate Dark Souls.
Mike has been playing video games since he was able to hold a controller, having been fascinated by Sonic 2 on his mom’s Sega Genesis. That fascination and passion for the art form has grown exponentially nearly 30 years later, and he doesn’t see that fading away anytime soon.