Ysbryd Games and Necrosoft Games have announced that their school-life tactics RPG Demonschool will release on Nintendo Switch next year.
School is anything but ordinary for freshman Faye. The last living heir to a long-forgotten family of demon hunters, while her peers pore over Freud and dabble in Dante, she and her misfit friends perform supernatural investigations – whether that be a woman who has lost her face, a summoning ritual in the cemetery or mailer Daemons.
Taking inspiration from Persona, Shin Megami Tensei and Italian horror cinema from the ’60s and ’70s, the game is “drenched in strange visuals and hellish grotesquery driven by a funky bassline that renders even the most horrific scenario irreverent.”
In battle, you can expect this to be “a streamlined tactics game where movement equals action, decisions can be rewound and speedy mechanics remove the genre’s traditional cruft.” You can plan each student’s moves at your leisure, before hitting the action button and watching them all deliver the devastating, character-based combos that you have prepared.
Each surreal encounter will bring Faye and her friends close to unearthing a dark conspiracy beyond their comprehension. However, their student life “isn’t all bloodstained butterflies and dolls from hell,” and you can live out an entire school semester – choosing what to study, who to befriend and how much trust to share with others. You’ll be able to plan your team’s class schedule to develop their skills, acquire new allies through side quests and foster friendships or fiery romances between them all.
“We wanted to create a game with complete transparency while still allowing for mystery. You’ll never have to guess at numbers or what does what,” explains Necrosoft Games creative director Brandon Sheffield. “We hope the story carries you through to a positive vision for the future, and what is possible when like-minded individuals work together against a larger evil.”
Demonschool will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2023.