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Onsen Master combines Spirited Away with Overcooked!


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We’re well familiar with the Whitethorn Games team delivering intriguing gaming experiences to the masses, but today they, and the development team at Waking Oni Games, have confirmed that their mix of Spirited Away and Overcooked! will release on PC and consoles this coming summer. That mix? Onsen Master.

A hot spring customer management game from Whitethorn Games and Waking Oni Games, Onsen Master will spring onto PC and Consoles later this summer, as players get to manage their customers, cure their ailments, and deal with some mischievous yokai.

Whitethorn Games have already been behind indie hits like Wytchwood and Lake, but now, with developer Waking Oni Games in place, it’ll be Onsen Master which becomes relevant. The game will be available for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.

The concept for Onsen Master dates back to 2015, when Waking Oni Games founder Derrick Fields was inspired by his regular rewatches of Spirited Away, specifically a section of the film in which the protagonist is working with spirits at a bathhouse. This formed the basis of Onsen Master’s hot spring customer management gameplay, and also the Japanese setting and aesthetic of the game. After five years of development, a successful Kickstarter campaign and beta period, and the partnership with Whitethorn Games, Onsen Master is finally ready to release this month.

“As a publisher, we always try to find unique games that can appeal to anyone and everyone,” said Dr. Matthew White, CEO of Whitethorn Games. “Onsen Master fits that criteria, and we’re really proud of everyone at Waking Oni Games for the work they’re doing to bring the game to the finish line.”

“Our studio prioritizes lifting up underrepresented voices, and one of the ways we do that is by working with developers of color,” said Derrick Fields, Founder of Waking Oni Games. “It was great to find a publisher that has the same core beliefs that we do, and it helped reaffirm our mission of representation and cultural intersection.”

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It tells of how a dark cloud hangs over the island of Izajima, its effects weighing heavily on the inhabitants. Mischievous spirits – the yokai – are running amok within the island’s hot springs, while the great Onsen Master, keeper of the hot springs and healer of ailments, has mysteriously vanished. Players will take on the role of his apprentice, Mu, in order to restore balance and uncover what happened to the Onsen Master.

Onsen Master features arcade-style single and two-player co-op, where players must manage the customers of their hot springs, and prepare and put together the correct ingredients to cure their ailments. Running around the hot springs, wrangling wandering customers, and putting the right concoctions into the right baths can be hectic enough already, but troublesome yokai look to impede players’ excellent service as well. Can Mu overcome obstacles to revitalize and reconnect the communities of Izajima? Spring into action and find out!

Key features you say? Well, those included in Onsen Master will most definitely include:

  • Spring Fling: Experience a short and sweet story for up to two players, and unveil the island of Izajima in a visual novel style narrative with a cute anime aesthetic.
  • The Customer is Always Right: Skip the story and dive right in with Arcade Mode! Choose one of the six hot spring levels to put your customer service skills to the test.
  • The Heat is On: Take on others in a competitive couch multiplayer mode where players must each work to manage their customers within the same hot spring.
  • Spa Music: An original soundtrack full of tunes akin to a Feudal fairytale, composed by Dorrell Ettienne.

Get your eyes on the trailer below and then hold tight for Onsen Master to release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this summer.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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