Side-scrolling beat ‘em up

Conception & world building

Onikira is a 2D side-scrolling beat ‘em up set in a fantasy world (heavily) inspired by feudal Japan in which the player takes on the role of a samurai fighting to prevent the forces of the underworld from breaking through into the world of the living.

I developed the world of Nipan, the creation myths that fueled the game’s story, its five sub-nations and so on. I wrote some early drafts of a storyline, but the project changed direction significantly after that.

Of the original documents, all I have are this map and a comic from early in development that was meant to sell the tone of the game.