Phantom Blade Zero: New Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Phantom Blade Zero: New Gameplay Trailer Revealed
Phantom Blade Zero: New Gameplay Trailer Revealed (Image via: @PlayStation X Handle)

June 8, 2024 — PlayStation has released a new gameplay trailer for “Phantom Blade Zero.” This action RPG from developer S-Game continues to captivate fans with its dynamic combat and stunning visuals.

New Trailer Highlights

The new trailer showcases the game’s unique blend of kung fu and steampunk elements. It features an intense duel between two warriors, highlighting the game’s fast-paced combat and intricate animations. The animation captures the essence of classic kung fu movies, with fluid and precise movements that bring the action to life​​.

Developer Insights

S-Game’s founder and Phantom Blade series director, Soulframe Liang, shared insights about the game’s development. He emphasized the effort put into creating realistic and engaging combat animations. The team collaborated with renowned action director Kenji Tanigaki, known for his work in kung fu films, to design the combat sequences. These moves were handcrafted to ensure they capture the intended fluidity and impact, as motion capture technology couldn’t fully convey the desired effect​.

Upcoming Demo

Fans won’t have to wait too long to experience “Phantom Blade Zero” firsthand. A demo is set to be released later this year, offering a 30-minute glimpse into the game’s world. This demo aims to provide players with a taste of the gameplay mechanics and the narrative’s depth. The full game promises a 30-40 hour single-player campaign, along with multiplayer features, though it will not include microtransactions​​.

Visual and Gameplay Features

“Phantom Blade Zero” is being developed using Unreal Engine 5, allowing for stunning graphics and smooth performance. The game will support 2K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS) and 4K at 30 FPS on PlayStation 5. It will also utilize hardware ray tracing to enhance the visual experience​.

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The game’s dark and bleak visual style is intentional, creating a world where hope stands out starkly against the surrounding despair. Players will encounter powerful enemies and earn rewards such as weapons, armor, and artifacts to customize and progress their characters​​.

Story and Setting

Set in a steampunk-inspired universe, “Phantom Blade Zero” combines traditional Chinese martial arts with futuristic elements. The storyline follows a protagonist navigating a world filled with danger and intrigue. The game’s narrative is influenced by Wuxia novels, particularly those by Gu Long, known for their complex characters and dramatic battles​​.