The long-standing series makes its Nintendo debut
Softstar Entertainment and DOMO Studio’s Xuan Yuan Sword 7 will be coming to Switch next year. eastasiasoft announced that the 2020 action RPG — which saw PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports in 2021 — will be coming to Nintendo’s console in 2023 (thanks, Gematsu!).
The Xuan Yuan Sword series, developed in Taiwan and often set in Ancient China, debuted in 1990 for PC but very few games in the series have seen an official English release. Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is only the second game to do. It was relatively well received back in 2021 by our friends over at Pure Xbox, who praised the puzzles, characters, and combat — check out the review for more info on the latest entry in this historic series.
Don’t worry, you won’t need to have played any of the prior games before it, as eastasiasoft reassures that this is a stand-alone adventure, so you can dive in if your curiosity is piqued!
Here’s an overview of Xuan Yuan Sword 7 from the press release:
Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is an action RPG with frenetic real-time combat, visceral 3D presentation and a rich cinematic narrative. It is a celebration of ancient China’s landscape, civilization and culture, infused with the mystique of its own legends in stark contrast to anachronistic technological designs. It is a world that is both familiar and mysterious, one of both science and spirituality, one that is waiting to be explored.
Take the role of the calm and reliable swordsman Taishi Zhao as he fights to protect his family and uncover the truth of a blight that threatens all of China. With a story deeply rooted in ancient Chinese history and mythology, Xuan Yuan Sword 7 reimagines both as one fantastical and chaotic realm under the governance of a new Xin Dynasty. Near the end of Western Han rule, the powerful prime minister of China superseded his Emperor, promising an era of peace and prosperity. But ten years later, that promise has never been fulfilled. Instead, a decade of war and famine has left China in ruin, and its salvation seems to lie in the hands of a Mohist swordsman who gains control of a fabled artifact called the Elysium Scroll. Can the science-seeking Mohists revive their former glory, or will they fade into the pages of forgotten history?
Key Features – Journey across ancient China as a cinematic adventure unfolds. – Slash, block, dodge and riposte in combo-based real-time combat! – Control the Elysium Scroll to slow down time, absorb monsters or alter the environment. – Upgrade armor and weapons, develop passive skills and learn new techniques. – Explore a standalone story requiring no prior knowledge of Xuan Yuan.
– Immerse yourself in the most advanced 3D visuals in series history!
Xuan Yuan Sword 7 sees the action RPG series make its Nintendo debut, and we’ll get to find out just how well it will look and run on the Switch when it launches in 2023.
For an early idea, though, check out the game’s PS4 announcement trailer.
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