Devolver Digital revealed today that Trek to Yomi will release on May 5 for PC. This news comes with a new extended gameplay trailer that provides a look at what players can expect from the full game. The stylish black-and-white side-scroller set in feudal Japan looks to have a lot of potential. Trek to Yomi will also be available on PC Game Pass when it launches.
The gameplay video’s description provides details on the Trek to Yomi story. It reads, “As a vow to his dying Master, Hiroki swears to protect the people he loves and his town against enemies. The lone samurai must venture beyond life and death to confront himself and forge his path forward.” Flying Wild Hog is developing Trek to Yomi, with Leonard Menchiari as the Creative Director. Flying Wild Hog also worked on the 2013 reboot of the Shadow Warrior series.
Trek to Yomi looks like a promising samurai adventure
When Trek to Yomi was initially revealed last year, it surprised many people and for good reason. The monochromatic aesthetic and violent samurai combat looked like it came straight out of a classic Akira Kurosawa film. That was intentional, as the team behind the game has a reverence for Japanese culture and samurai media.
In a post on the PlayStation blog last month, Menchiari detailed some of his inspirations for the game. He said that the “theme and narrative are built upon two essential pillars: historical Japan and Shinto mythology.” He went on to talk about being authentic to Japanese culture and creating a cinematic experience that is “heavily influenced by classic Japanese films.”
The extended gameplay trailer showcases this in action. In the trailer, we see the main character cutting his way through swathes of villainous samurai in a variety of environments. Combat sections look fast and deadly, with side-scrolling sections and some light platforming breaking up that action. May 5 can’t come quick enough.