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16 November, 2015

Chambara Announced as a PS4 Console Exclusive

A multiplayer stealth action game from Team OK brings a unique, arty take on the genre.

In a world of only two colours, hiding yourself becomes a lot easier and, as a result, identifying threats all the more harder. In Chambara, the world is black and white, so depending on the colour of your character, you can be effectively invisible while right in front of an opponent – great for ambushing. However, your position can become exposed if the world is viewed from a different perspective. It’s such a neat idea!

It’s a 3D arena game, with an intricately patterned black and white landscape blessed with the odd flourish of vibrant colour. If you’re character is white and you are standing in the white, you are impossible to see. However, if your opponent moves, from their new perspective you might shift from a white background to a black one and become exposed. The cat and mouse gameplay that follows deepens as the skills and map knowledge of the players grows.

We love the way art, visuals and gameplay intertwine in this idea, and four-player splitscreen is welcomed in an era of ever-dwindling same-couch gaming. Team Ok has revealed today that the game, already available in demo form for PC, will be coming to the PS4 in 2016. It marks yet another exciting indie for the console.

The gameplay somewhat reminds us of a toned-down version of the frantic Screencheat. We ran a world exclusive making of feature on the game in Episode 8 of Grab It (our iPad digital magazine), which is well worth checking out. In Screencheat, everyone is invisible, so you have to look at an opponent’s screen to discern their position, resulting in similar cat and mouse gameplay.

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