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Ikai, a New Tale of Horror

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  • Experience the horror in first person by the hand of Japanese spirits, monsters, and yokais.
  • Concentrate on drawing protective seals over haunting sounds and events happening around you.
  • Pit your wits against several puzzles that will try to stop you.
  • Ikai is now available on Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One.

Fear and anxiety prevail after the darkest tales from Japanese folklore come to life in this first-person psychological horror game from Endflame, an independent developer based out of Barcelona, Spain. Set in a feudal era, Ikai revolves around Naoko, the priestess of a shrine struggling to defeat the spirits of her past and present.

Ikai pays homage to the psychological horror genre as you take control of a defenseless main character incapable of attacking. However, it explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the monstrous threats directly instead of being combative or fleeing. Every mechanic of Ikai is meant to raise this relatable feeling of helplessness and to create an incredibly strained atmosphere throughout the player’s journey through various world puzzles.

With Ikai being EndFlame’s first game as a fearful team of four, they wanted to get something out of the horror genre that…really, nobody has gone for yet. Without spoilers (of course) the developers wanted to do something different, and with that in mind, went with a defenseless main character. Drawing the protective seals as the main mechanic fosters this feeling of helplessness with slow, precise, natural, and concentrated movements.

“Every mechanic of the game is meant to raise this relatable feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere” says Laura Ripoll, Producer & Designer at Endflame. The slow, precise movements as a way of interaction resembles real life to foster immersion unlike anything else. With inspiration drawn from games like Bloober Team’s Layers of Fear, to movies such as The Shining, the main source of inspiration for the team has been an anime called Inuyasha. “Inuyasha is the manga and anime series, which is set in feudal Japan and in a world full of evil creatures from Japanese folklore chasing the fragments of a sacred jewel that had been secured by a priestess until it shattered into hundreds of fragments. From there we took the idea of worldbuilding and the role of a priestess as the protector and responsible for restoring peace” says Rippoll.

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Be silent, do not disturb the evil… Or just run, run away from it all, if you can. Ikai is now available on Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One.

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Ikai is a first-person psychological horror game drawing inspiration from Japanese folklore. Live the horror by the hand of its defining yokais and submerge into the superstitions of the past driven by a unique story and exploration.

Ikai embodies the spirit of the classical psychological horror genre with a defenceless main character incapable of attacking the evil creatures. However, it explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the threats directly neither fleeing nor attacking.

Every mechanic of the game is meant to raise this relatable feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere. The slow, precise and natural movements as a way of interaction resemble real life’s to foster immersion in the uncanny world of Ikai.

FEAR: Experience the horror in first-person by the hand of Japanese spirits, monsters and yokais

EXPLORATION: Wander around a feudal shinto shrine and explore to unveil the story behind

DRAWING: Concentrate on drawing protective seals over the strange sounds and events happening around

PUZZLES: Pit your wits against the several puzzles that will try to stop you

STEALTH & RUN: Be silent, do not disturb the evil… Or just run, run away from it all, if you can…


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A Gummy’s Life Celebrates a Year on Xbox

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  • After a year of fun on Xbox, A Gummy’s Life is celebrating all the great moments with players!
  • Join the event to find some amazing new looks to show off and remember the past year.
  • Have fun and happy anniversary!

It’s been a year since we joined Xbox’s roster of fabulous games with the sweetest multiplayer brawler: A Gummy’s Life! And since then, we’ve shared many memories and updates together that we hope you’ve been enjoying both alone and with friends.

As the year has gone by, A Gummy’s Life has welcomed customization, pings for players, new languages, special events with cosmetics to celebrate holidays, online multiplayer upgrades and an endless list of other great features that have made the game even more fun for everyone.

This wouldn’t have been possible if it were not for all the players accompanying us through our journey, no matter when they joined. We will always be grateful for everyone’s support, suggestions, but most of all, love for the game and our team.

So, to celebrate our first anniversary with the Xbox community, we’ve been working on a little something for you. While a year might not seem like a lot of time, it has felt so special for everyone over at the team that we have been thinking about this moment for some months now. Although we are a tiny team and we don’t get many opportunities to say thank you, at least we can find funny ways to do it. Let’s celebrate!

First and foremost, we’ve brought back all of the limited-time and holiday cosmetics! You might not know this, but when we originally released these items, we did so for no longer than a week, to enjoy holidays and festivities in a different way. During those days, players had the opportunity to unlock special cosmetics by playing online matchmaking. Now, in our first anniversary, we’ve decided to bring them back once more so you all have the opportunity to get these limited items, even if for whatever reason you missed the previous events!

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Plus, we’ve also brought two other items back from the last change of wardrobe (aka, that time when we switched up all of the unlockable cosmetics): the pixel sunglasses and the party hat. Since we knew they were pretty loved and give off party vibes like no other in-game item, we thought that they were the perfect fit for this kind of celebration, so, for a few days, they’ll be available again!

Finally, a completely new special cosmetic is waiting for you: a royal crown! Hope everyone can be a part of the anniversary by flaunting the shiniest of looks! The most amazing way to show that you got to celebrate our first anniversary with us and were a part of the coolest event to date! And, who knows? Maybe in a few years you can also use it to prove how long you’ve been with us!

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Last, but not least, while this is already quite an awesome way of celebrating, we’ve made sure to make it even cooler. We have scheduled a new patch to come to the game in the next few days! With this new patch, we’ll make sure to celebrate the spookiest of months in A Gummy’s Life as only we can.

So, watch out for that too, and see you guys soon wearing that lovely royal crown!

Happy one year with us!

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Warning! The gummies have come to life… and they have gone fruit loopy!
The gummies have invaded the city, they’re everywhere: in the football stadium, the park, the fortress, the fairground, even in the beehive?!

It’s impossible to keep your eyes off the relentless free-for-all gummy action with their floppy fist fights and sweet yet savage sucker punches.

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but since gummies don’t have pens, they use their surroundings to terrible effect. And you thought they were so sweet!

PICK AND MIX
So many gummies to choose from! Choose your preferred flavour and jump into the hilarious wacky battles with friends and family. Unlock different cosmetics to customize your gummies even more.

There can only be one champion so show everyone who rules over the sugar! Its winner takes all and that includes the newly unlocked gummies to play with.

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