WODAN, a Japanese studio founded by veteran game designers Kenichi Iwao and Tatsuya Yoshikawa, has announced Shino’s name, a roguelike game based around the concept of a haunted house from the Edo period. It will launch in Early Access for PC via Steam on November 11th.
Iwao previously worked at Capcom, Square Enix, Studio 4°C, DeNA, and Oriflamme, while Yoshikawa was previously employed by Capcom, DeNA, Nintendo, Oriflamme, and Sanzigen.
The Early Access version of Shino’s name will feature all three main game modes. While each mode shares many commonalities, they will grow more distinct during Early Access. User feedback will allow the developer to offer a more “varied experience with improved tutorials, a wider range of enemy types including bosses, additional tools and a more engaging storyline.” The Early Access period is expected to last two to four months, but may be extended based on feedback.
Here’s an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Shino’s name is a roguelike game based around the concept of a haunted house from the Japanese Edo period.
The main character, Yono, in rookie Onyo student. Her main goal is to escape the haunted house alive by escaping and exorcising the ayakashi (monsters and vengeful spirits).
You don’t need performance techniques to do this; you must observe the clues left by the ayakashi, such as tracks and sounds, and use them to formulate strategies.
Shino’s name is a new type of escape game in which you use your courage and mind to overcome challenges.
- Japanese Horror – Enjoy a unique and terrifying experience as you explore the old Japanese house that combines rustic beauty with darkness.
- Different Ways to Play – Pull them and catch them. Set a trick and run. Attract their natural enemies… There are countless ways to take care of the ayakashi. This game finds its true beginning when you discover your own way of working through it.
- Highly Replayable – Conquer a finely detailed haunted house in “Harae”. Escape from a randomly generated haunted house as you work to save your tools and food to survive in “Misogi”. Explore the endless dungeons and towers while taking short breaks at shops and kitchens within them in “Gyou”. Each of the games three modes will keep you coming back for more.
Watch the announcement trailer below. Check out the first screenshots at the gallery.