Penny Blood presents a world twisted in gothic horror and nightmarish imagery hardly ever seen in Japanese RPGs. In Penny Blood, gamers observe the story of Matthew, an investigator who embarks on a darkish worldwide probe by the long-lasting Roaring Twenties, amassing allies and confronting trauma in a world twisted by cosmic horror, malice and mayhem.
Gamers will circumnavigate the globe, from the USA to Europe and Asia, and discover nations both recovering or basking within the wake of considered one of historical past’s bloodiest conflicts, oblivious to the turmoil that brews beneath the floor.
Penny Blood’s story begins with Matthew Farrell, a lone wolf non-public detective in New York working for the Bureau of Investigation. Regardless of hating the accursed powers he inherited from his father, he makes use of his fusion transformation talents to seek out monsters on the behest of the Bureau.
Sooner or later, Matthew is tasked with investigating an odd incident that occurred at a psychological asylum in New York. After speeding to the asylum, he finds it teeming with grotesque, rampaging creatures. Using his hidden energy, Matthew manages to obtain a slender victory.
So as to unearth the reality behind the weird incident, Matthew’s investigation will take him from America to the distant continent of Asia, together with Japan and China, in addition to to the far corners of Europe. Alongside the way in which, he’ll encounter those that struggle for vengeance, those that search to make the most of the aberrant horrors for their very own achieve, and those that merely want to destroy. Penny Blood tells the story of a person who should turn out to be that which he seeks to vanquish.
Penny Blood’s overworld maps give a hen’s-eye view of cityscapes and cities that can teleport gamers to the Twenties, the place they may expertise the world because it was, unaware of the grotesque occasions quickly to unfold.
From busy streets to haunting sanitariums, gamers will delve into rigorously detailed area maps as they buy gadgets paramount to their quest, examine supernatural happenings, and battle stygian monstrosities.
The straightforward to study, tough to grasp Psycho Sigil battle system combines conventional flip-primarily based Japanese RPG technique with twitch-set off response time so as to maximize the potential of assaults, conserving gamers on their toes with each encounter. Gamers can embrace the darkness inside by utilizing Fusion to name upon the abyss and struggle hearth with hearth, harnessing the facility of the darkness to hurl demons again from whence they got here.
Interactions with the demonic will have an effect on the heroes’ Sanity Factors. If gamers lose too many Sanity Factors, their allies will succumb to insanity, gaining energy and dropping composure. Nevertheless, that increase in energy is likely to be simply what is required to flip the tide in battle.
Returning to the helm as composer is Hirota Yoshitaka (of Shadows Hearts and Shadow Hearts: Covenant fame) to inject a way of dread and eerie unease befitting of the environment. And accompanying him is Akari Kaida of Breath of Hearth 3, infusing a heavy dose of jazz into the Roaring Twenties setting.
“That is my second likelihood. Possibilities to make one other sport like this are uncommon, so please give me your assist,” says lead sport designer Matsuzo Machida.
With course from Matsuzo Machida, character design by Miyako Kato and music and sound composed by Yoshitaka Hirota and Akari Kaida, Penny Blood guarantees to sink its claws into gamers because it revives the darker aspect of Japanese RPGs.
■ Background Artwork
The Unsettling Panorama of North Tarrytown
Situated 30 miles north of New York, positioned proper on the jap financial institution of the Hudson River. Some name this small village Sleepy Hole due to a legend a couple of headless knight that roams the world.
So as to clear up the thriller of the monster that appeared in Golgotha Asylum, Matthew visits Tarrytown to communicate with Oswald Craig, the native innkeeper. However what awaits Matthew inside Tarrytown’s eerily thick fog…?
The Imperial Capital of Tokyo – Asakusa Rokku and Ryounkaku (1923)
After reaching victory in each the Russo-Japanese Conflict and World Conflict I, Japan basked in glory as one of many Far East’s most formidable empires. This affluence additionally led Tokyo to construct the Ryounkaku tower in Asakusa—the tallest construction in all of Asia, which Tokyo natives referred to as the “Asakusa Twelve-Story.”
After an assault occurs in Asakusa involving the American ambassador to Japan, Matthew rushes to Tokyo and catches a glimpse of a menace that goals to plunge the whole world into darkness.
An Irish-American born in 1895. Now 28, he lives in New York and works as a personal detective. After serving within the nice struggle, he returned to the US and traveled to numerous states to examine a sequence of eerie incidents. Sooner or later, William J. Burns, the director of the Bureau of Investigation, duties him with a prime secret mission that takes him to Japan.
Usually, Matthew makes use of a sawed-off shotgun and martial arts to subdue his foes—however when in peril, he can rework right into a fusion monster, permitting him to eviscerate his enemies in a wide range of methods. Those that know this secret name him the knightwretch, however he doesn’t care.
As Matthew searches for Emilia, he’s regularly drawn deeper and deeper right into a struggle in opposition to creatures from one other aircraft.
Demna, the Crownless Knight
A component-much less fusion monster, and an emblem of the loneliness and vacancy that lurks deep inside Matthew’s coronary heart.
Properly-balanced by way of assault and protection, Demna can show helpful in all method of conditions. Each its sword and defend are inscribed in historical Goidelic. The sword’s textual content reads “The facility to bestow infinite slumber on the sinful,” whereas the defend reads “The facility to settle for any method of hardship.”
Demna is the primary fusion monster that Matthew reworked into after inheriting the flexibility from this father, and nonetheless hides additional potential…
Born in London in 1898. Now 25, Emilia presently serves as a member of the UK Secret Service. After being lauded for her fierce ardour and unbelievable abilities, she was promoted to a particular agent who focuses on overseas affairs.
In her final mission, she was made a bodyguard for Mr. Tubbs, the American ambassador to Japan. Shortly after, Mr. Tubbs died in an incident throughout the Tokyo district of Asakusa, whereas Emilia went lacking.
One in all her eyes and three of her limbs have been changed with robotic implements, granting her superhuman talents able to mowing down all method of monsters.
Born in Tokyo in 1906. Now 17, Suseri serves as an advisor priestess to Kamuzumi, the Japanese empire’s monster extermination power.
As her mom got here from a household of spiritualists gifted in kidō magic arts, Suseri has the flexibility to sense otherworldy creatures as quickly as they seem. She was to be the eyes of the Shinteigumi, Kamuzumi’s entrance line brigade, however she by no means hesitates to dispatch the monsters herself when the necessity arises, using the good reserves of spiritual energy that swirl inside her.
After Matthew and Emilia save her within the imperial capital, she joins their trigger so as to repay them. Suseri’s weapons of selection are her seimakyo magic mirrors.
The identify given to the horrifying grotesquerie found inside Golgotha Asylum.
The Motofuji discharged copious quantities of malice, a kind of vitality born from unfavourable human feelings. This malice is allegedly the perpetrator behind the asylum sufferers’ monstrous transformations. The unfavourable miasma that seeped out from each pore of the hideous Motofujis invaded the sufferers’ our bodies and minds, awakening despicable needs inside them.
After Matthew rushed into the asylum, he engaged in a livid battle with the creature and managed to destroy it… Nevertheless it’s nonetheless anybody’s guess as to why the monster appeared there within the first place.
Maliferous Affected person
The malice launched from the Motofuji has precipitated some sufferers of Golgotha Asylum to bear monstrous transformations.
Lengthy devoid of all intelligence and emotion, these zombies now have just one aim in thoughts: to devour as a lot dwelling flesh and important vitality as they will get their rotting palms on. Spurned by the intuition to drown their our bodies in malice, these sufferers shocked the NYPD with a brutal, bloody onslaught.
A manifestation of darkness that has taken roost inside Matthew’s psyche. Unbeknownst to Matthew, Atam is the Lord of Demise who instructions the Seven Lethal Sins: demons that characterize the sins of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and delight.
Initially an inhabitant of the ‘different aspect’, or the basis of the Tree of Life, as some name it, Atam has discovered sustenance on ‘our aspect’ by hiding itself throughout the souls of people who possess divine blood. And so, after many lengthy years of feeding off these souls, Atam gained a wealth of data that steadily reworked it into one thing extra akin to an all-powerful god.
A number of years in the past, Atam failed in its try to curse and homicide its earlier host and was as an alternative overwhelmed inside inches of its personal life. Now, Atam lies dormant inside a brand new host, targeted on nothing however regaining its energy till it could actually sooner or later be reborn anew.