South Korean game publisher Nexon and the Neople development team are working on a new soulslike project called Project AK, soon on next-gen consoles. Developed in Unreal Engine 4, the game was introduced to the public as a spin-off of the scrolling fighting game Dungeon Fighter Online, but if successful, it could become a series of its own.
Neople started work on the project around 2016/17 and released the first trailer in 2018 under the code name Project BBQ. The firm recently decided to change its working name to Project AK. According to what Gematsu reported, it would have reopened hiring to bring the total number of employees over one hundred. The game is still in development and should be released in 2023 on consoles (perhaps only next-gen), while the arrival of day one on PC is still under discussion.
Neople also didn’t talk about the Project AK storyline, but the first two trailers released in 2018 and 2020 are enough to get a feel for the experience. First of all, the game looks like an anime-style soulslike very close to Code Vein. Still, with a much faster combat system and full of spectacular and gorgeous techniques, the trailer seems to emphasize exploration and the presence of crowded places like villages and cities, as opposed to the more popular soulslike ones from FromSoftware or Team Ninja.
Below you can check out the latest official trailer released two years ago when the game was still called Project BBQ. However, the title should have changed a lot over the years, and certainly, the new hires and production times will allow the South Korean studio to improve the experience further.