Malaysian indie game studio Nimbus Games has unveiled their latest creation, Chiyo – a first-person puzzle game set in ancient Japan’s Edo period. Scheduled for release in late 2023, Chiyo promises to immerse players in a world of terror and intrigue, much like its predecessor, Malice.
A Return to Ancient Japan’s Edo Era
Chiyo shares its eerie backdrop with Malice, transporting players back in time to the enigmatic Edo era of ancient Japan. As Nimbus Games’ second venture into this intriguing setting, Chiyo looks to build upon the foundation laid by its predecessor.
The Genesis of Malice and Chiyo
Nimbus Games embarked on the journey to create a “virtual escape room” experience in response to the rising popularity of escape rooms in Malaysia during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result was Malice, a puzzle game set in an ancient Japanese horror theme.
The Tale of Idate Chiyo
In Chiyo, players will step into the shoes of Idate Chiyo, a recently enlisted paranormal investigator serving in the Tokugawa Shogunate’s Magical Arcane Division. Her inaugural assignment leads her to Gōtsu, a mysterious coastal city in Shimane Prefecture, where she must unravel the sinister events shrouding an eerie, long-abandoned mansion. Chiyo’s journey is said to be fraught with otherworldly forces, intricate puzzles, and a dark family history that threatens her very survival.
A Shot at Redemption
For Nimbus Games and publisher SCRY SOFT, based in Singapore and Malaysia, Chiyo represents a shot at redemption following the mixed reception of Malice. The earlier title garnered “overwhelmingly negative” reviews on Steam, mainly due to technical issues and a lack of polish. With Chiyo, the developers aim to demonstrate that they have learned from past mistakes and are ready to deliver a better gaming experience.
Ancient Japan Horror Game Chiyo Comes in Late 2023
As the release date for Chiyo approaches, we eagerly anticipate whether Nimbus Games can recapture the essence of ancient Japan’s horrors without succumbing to technical woes. The allure of this enigmatic setting has drawn players in once before, and they hope that Chiyo will prove to be a spine-tingling success, leaving behind the shadows of its predecessor. Stay tuned for Chiyo’s arrival on Steam, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in late 2023!