Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is a demon-hunting action RPG arriving for the PC and Mac as a free download. Veteran game designer American McGee (Quake, Alice, Grimm) and Spicy Horse (Alice: Madness Returns) created a game that combines the Little Red Riding Hood story with Japanese folklore and myth. The striking visual style is inspired by Japanese ink, watercolor, and woodblock illustration.
The setting is late middle 19th century Japan. The game takes place on the fictional Yomi Island, located north of Hokkaido. The island was the site of a great war between Human and Yokai (Japanese folk monsters and demons) over 300 years ago. Though defeated then, the Yokai have begun to reemerge. This time, they’re more dangerous — organizing into militarized groups under the leadership of the ambitious and powerful “Demon Kings of Yomi”.
You can contribute to their Kickstarter project if you’re interested in seeing Akaneiro: Demon Hunters on iOS, Android, and Linux. They also want to deliver more features to the PC and Mac version, including co-op multiplayer, karma void dungeons, equipment crafting system, and much more. The deadline is February 2nd and the campaign has a goal of $200,000. Those who contribute can obtain many bonuses based on the amount given.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is in open beta at Spicy Horse Games and is scheduled to be released on the PC and Mac in January 2013 as a free download on Steam.