Keeping things informal as well as infernal

Sekai Project has localized and published GIGA’s mecha-centric beat 'em up, Baldr Sky, on Steam.

Baldr Sky is a compilation of the Baldr Sky Dive duology, itself a part of a long-running Baldr Sky franchise which began in 1999, featuring many games and even anime adaptations. The game takes place in a cyberpunk world where humans connect to a virtual world run by an AI through microchips. Eventually, the war became a part of the virtual world. The game’s protagonist, Kou Kadokura, awakens on a battlefield with retrograde amnesia, and his consciousness connected to a mecha called the simulacrum. Soon after, he has to fight for his life.

The game is a hybrid between a visual novel and an isometric beat’em up. Narration is presented through a text interface with full Japanese voice acting, accompanied by CGs or cutscenes using the beat ’em up portion of the game for presentation. Fights take place as the story progresses, where the player can customize Kou's simulacrum with various weapons before the fight, and control it during battle. As weapons are used, they gain experience which can increase their stats, up to a max of three.

Baldr Sky features five difficulty levels, over a hundred weapons, new game plus, a survival game mode, and UI customization. You can view the trailer and read the official description below:

This is a combined release of the Japanese games 'Baldr Sky Dive1 “Lost Memory”' and 'Baldr Sky Dive2 “Recordare”'

Dive into a thrilling futuristic world where people implant brain chips into themselves to escape off to virtual worlds crafted by AI technology. Though, they may find that sending their mind into cyberspace can have terrible repercussions...

Freelance mercenary and simulacrum pilot Kou Kadokura's life mission is to catch those responsible for Gray Christmas, the tragedy that destroyed his once peaceful life... So why can't he remember anything? He awakens in the middle of a bloody virtual battlefield, riding inside a mechanical body with a whole host of questions on his mind. Who is this woman calling him Lieutenant? Who can he truly trust when he has so many gaps in his memory? As war looms in dystopian Suzushiro City, all eyes are on Kou, the man with the answers to the world's questions locked up inside of him. He must thread the needle amidst the delicate political balance in order to survive, regain his lost memories, and avenge the lives of the loved ones he lost. The only question is, can he prevail when every major faction in the world is hellbent on stopping him? Unravel all the mysteries in this fast-paced mech action game that takes place in a lovingly-crafted, unique cyberpunk setting!

You can purchase Baldr Sky on Steam at the promotional price of $44.99 until the 27th of December, at which point the game will cost $49.99 at full price. The western release of the game is devoid of adult content; you can read about the censorship on Sekai Project’s blog. To revert these changes, a group of fans named SHADOWWOLF has created an adult patch for the title, available here.

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