Dev blog: Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae

My Great Capture Screenshot 2016-04-14 10-00-19Having a strong will of wanting to create fun and exciting games, a bunch of us who have never experienced creating games before have decided to get together in 2012 to form a Japanese indie development firm called ZENITH BLUE.


We were glad to have the opportunity to announce our 1st title “Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae” at Comic Market held in the summer of 2013, the biggest fan-based event in Japan.  The game was still under development at the time but was warmly received by the Japanese game fans.


Now, we are very excited to announce that “Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae” is now available worldwide on Xbox One!!  As game fans just a while back, we couldn’t imagine that we’ll ever get a chance to create games.  Now we are truly grateful for the opportunity to be able to deliver fun and excitement to all the Xbox One fans through our games.



We believe “having fun” is a universal emotion regardless of culture, language, habits, and tastes.  We will be honored if we can share the “fun” and have our game fans enjoy playing our game.


We really appreciate the Xbox team for giving us the opportunity to release our game and to all the Xbox fans around the world.  And we also would like to thank everyone who supported “Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae”!


“Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae” is an action packed game with the heroine playing the role of a Japanese high school girl.  We created this game having a desire to enjoy hardcore battle action with a “Japanese high school girl” and a “Japanese sword”.  This combination is popular among Japanese manga and anime fans but not quite familiar with game fans.  We believe our game concept of mixing up pop and cute characters with hardcore battle action symbolizes Japanese culture having a combination of “cuteness” and “intenseness”.


“Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae” is a high-speed arena-based action battle game. Use lightning fast sword slashes, hand-to-hand attacks and holy techniques to defeat wave after wave of demonic foes.


Landing sword attacks will cause enemies to flash red, meaning they are bleeding.  Enemies in this state are weaker and take more damage.  Using “Zanshin” will deliver the final blow to all bleeding enemies.

Holding down the “Holy Technique” button allows you to charge power.  Stored power will be released when you release the button.  Power can be charged up to two levels.

Pressing the “Release” button while charging will shorten the charge duration but will take up the katana gauge.

Taking advantage of charging power and shortening the charge duration with the use of “Release” affects your game tactics.

Collect skill points to upgrade your techniques to battle even greater foes.

Enjoy the exhilarating power of scattering your enemies with both swift attacks and destructive techniques!


Here’s how the story begins…


“My name is Misa.  I am one of the Blade Templars whose mission is to protect this world against demons with the use of ancient techniques.

I am currently in search of the lost artifact – The Demon Blade – a sword imbued with the power of demons.

The Blade slowly drains the energy of all those who were spellbound by its mighty powers, drinking their blood until there is nothing left.

I believe my former classmate Suzuka, who disappeared after slaying our master, has fallen under the curse of the Blade.  I am destined to find and destroy the Blade… and Suzuka too if it’s too late… though she was once my friend…”


You will play as the heroine “Misa” in search of her long lost friend “Suzuka” who was spellbound by The Demon Blade and possesses strong powers.

Misa follows her trace while fighting counter-less enemies who are all drawn to the power of the magical sword.  As she nears the end of her long journey, she ends up facing Suzuka.  They confront each other in an extremely fierce battle as the story nears its end.

What fate awaits them both…


[Editor’s Note: Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is rated Teen for Violence, Blood]