FTS: 2D fighting game ‘Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward’ launches worldwide on Steam in Q1 2024

KANAGAWA, JAPAN, January 9th, 2024 -- Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward, a new original 2D fighting game, will be released worldwide on Valve’s Steam platform and on the NESiCAxLive platform in Japanese arcades. The game release announcement was held at CES 2024 in collaboration with the gaming hardware maker MadCatz Global Limited.

This new Yatagarasu title builds upon the world and characters of the previous installment ‘Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm,’ with new characters and painstakingly balanced gameplay, and also combines high-quality traditional pixel graphics with simple gameplay that anyone can easily pick up and enjoy.

Plus it's fight-stick-friendly! -  Blu 

Mad Catz Collaboration

The game also features an in-game collaboration with Mad Catz in the form of stages inspired by the

renowned maker of gaming hardware.


Following "Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm", "Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward" introduces a new parallel world with new characters and gameplay meticulously optimized for your enjoyment. This game preserves the classic 2D fighting game format and features high-quality pixel graphics and a simple gameplay style that anyone can pick up.


Dec 25th, 1926. The imperial era name transitions to "Kobun” and seems to herald the dawn of a new

period in history... but behind the scenes, a Japanese nationalist revolutionary group has staged a coup d’etat with the goal of restoring "the divine nation of Japan." The revolutionaries acted swiftly, seizing control of the Prime Minister’s residence, the police department, major corporations, and newspapers.

Struggling to react, former government forces initiated a secret plan to eliminate key figures involved

in the coup through an assassination program known as "Yatagarasu." This covert operation was

assigned to the "Iga Clan", a ninja clan that exists today as an intelligence agency and who are also

known as "Government Dogs."

■New Characters

Wugui (VA: Shinobu Matsumoto)

An elderly butler who serves the last descendant of the now-deposed Suitoku royal family. Wugui was

retained by the former king, but his demeanor and skills are uncharacteristic of a butler and his

background is shrouded in mystery. He intends to use the current unrest in Japan to manipulate the

government and restore the royal family.

"It's time to purge."

Ao Tienyi (VA: Yumiri Hanamori)

The last living descendant of the Suitoku royal family. When the royal family was dethroned, she was

spirited away by Wugui and lived in hiding. She has agreed to Wugui’s plan to use the current unrest

in Japan to rebuild her former kingdom. Tienyi is naturally timid but decided to take on the role of the

"bright and cheerful princess" after being deeply moved by Kotaro's acting.

"Have I become the lady you wish for?"

Sistan (VA: Hisako Kanemoto)

Originally an automated doll designed to bring joy to people, Sistan was reprogrammed by a certain

nation to become a secret operative. She was dispatched to Japan on a mission to locate a ‘Divine

Drive’ said to be able to predict any event or grant wishes.

"I will execute my orders... and eliminate all obstacles..."

■ About Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward

"Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward" is an original 2D fighting game. Our goal was to provide easy-to-

understand gameplay so many people can enjoy the fun of fighting games. We deliberately kept the

gameplay simple and focused on building a strong base around the fundamentals of fighting games

and enabling players to enjoy the fun, core aspects of fighting games.

・An Original 2D Fighting Game

An original 2D fighting game designed in the pixel art style which has become less common over the

years. We paid close attention to designing appealing character designs and animations that can only

be expressed in old-school pixel art.

・Core "blocking" System

Yatagarasu's core gameplay mechanic is the blocking / "BL" system, which centers on deflecting your

opponent's attacks and counterattacking. This simple system makes it easy to understand and apply

strategy in the game.

・Simple Game System

For a modern fighting game, Yatagarasu is very straightforward. Our goal was to create a game that

anyone can pick up and play but also offers deep gameplay.

・Commentary System

In live settings, fighting games have an off-screen appeal that includes fun smack talk, cheering, and

commentary to engage the audience. To recreate this lively off-screen excitement, we’ve integrated a

commentary system into the game. This is a unique feature where real-time commentary and hype

play out as matches develop.

・Network Battle Support

For "Yatagarasu Enter the Eastward", we've implemented our own netcode from scratch. You can enjoy

smooth online battles with minimal network lag. This game includes a variety of features such as ranked matches, lobby matches, playing while waiting, and spectating. You can also use a website (Yatagarasu News) to check the current match status from your smartphone.

・Long Production Period and Intricate Improvements

We’ve worked on the production and updating this game for for a long time, constantly improving the

quality while listening to feedback from the fighting game community.

Distributor: Steam

Region: Worldwide

Price: $15 USD

Release timing: Q1 2024

System Requirements:

OS: Windows10,11

Processor: 3.0GHz or better

Memory: 512 MB RAM

Graphics: Must support 640x480 resolution

DirectX: Version 9.0

Storage: 1 GB available space

Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card

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