New Story Details Revealed for Sumioni: Demon Arts on the Vita

New story details have hit for the uniquely beautiful Action Platformer for the Vita, Sumioni: Demon Arts. The art style is called “sumi-e” style, which is Ink on Canvas. You’ve seen the style in a couple of other games in past years, such as a little game called ‘Okami.’

In Sumioni, players are given control of Agura on his quest to destroy Seimei and save Japan. Along the way platforms, strings of fire and jets of water can be drawn into existence at will on the PS Vita’s touchscreen, and Agura’s two Inkgod companions can each be summoned to perform massive, screen-filling attacks.

Controls look pretty easy to master, and from the trailer, it seems as if the game will give the player some help with casting spells on the luscious OLED touchscreen. Check the trailer out right here:

Now onto the new story elements that were revealed:
The world of Sumioni: Demon Arts is one of melancholy and anguish. Years prior to the game’s opening, two evil men named Seimei and Fukujou successfully conspired to overthrow the Chancellor of Japan, Michisada, and his loyal aide, Tengan. But after this successful coup, Fukujou betrayed Seimei, attempting to steal all the glory for himself. Furious, Seimei invoked a forbidden incantation to unleash an ancient demonic energy, which he then used to do away with the traitor Fukujou and rule the land through intimidation, violence and fear. He kidnapped Michisada and his daughter to use in his twisted rituals, and threw the aide Tengan in prison on false charges. It seemed as if no one could stand in his way.

As time went on the land was driven further into despair by Seimei’s relentless oppression. Tengan, now old and frail, decided something needed to be done. Having heard rumors of an ancient Inkdemon named Agura sealed away within the borders of his prison long ago, Tengan began to toy with the idea of releasing this creature into the world and sending it off to put an end to Seimei’s tyranny. Despite the objections of his Inkgod companion, Shidou, Tengan gave his life to do this very thing, awakening a very confused and irritated Agura.

After a bit of coaxing, Agura finally agreed to help their cause and, along with another phoenix-like Inkgod named Yomihi, these unlikely heroes took off towards the capital to stop Seimei and the growing evil presence he had summoned years before.

In Sumioni: Demon Arts, players are given control of Agura on his quest to destroy Seimei and save Japan. Along the way platforms, strings of fire and jets of water can be drawn into existence at will on the PS Vita’s touchscreen, and Agura’s two Inkgod companions can each be summoned to perform massive, screen-filling attacks.

I for one, am very excited for this game. The visuals are mesmerizing, and the game looks like it could be quite fun. Keep your eyes righthere for more updates as they become available.

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  • Anonymous

    The game looks beautiful, but it also looks like it might be real hard!!  I guess I better get used to it because developers are going all out with the new gameplay mechanics because of all the vita control options!!  I will totally keep my eyes on dis one!