American publisher Top Hat Studios and Indian studio 2 Odd Diodes presented Sonzai, a hand-drawn RPG about life, magic, and relationships.
Sonzai is a 2D action RPG platform game. The action takes place in Kumotoshi – a magical city where young magicians live. The user takes on the role of a student ready to start a new life in Kumotoshi. New opportunities and friends await the protagonist, as well as dark secrets.
The player will have to build relationships with the people around him and discover the true nature of magic. Social connections affect both the course of the story and the extent of a character’s abilities.
Sonzai, with his unusual appearance, is the debut of the author of the duo 2 Odd Diodes of India Calcutta. The animation emphasizes the minimalist art style: each painting is drawn by hand.
An intuitive combat system with an RPG component, a wide selection of weapons, equipment modifiers, and customizable character skills based on passive and active runes is promised. The battles in the game are combined with traditional elements of a life simulator.
Sonzai will have several locations, including a burning city near Kumotoshi and an underground civilization – each with its own aesthetic and inhabitants.