Published on August 16th, 2019 | by admin
Obon Festival – the inspiration behind Oninaki
The Japanese festival of honouring the deceased and praying for their journey to the afterlife
In the world of ONINAKI, the souls of the departed are reincarnated into a new life in the next world, and those that struggle to move on are left stranded as Fallen Souls. For that reason, the characters of ONINAKI pray for their loved ones to move on to the next life and celebrate the lives of those around them in a celebration known as the Seven-Day Sending.
The development team at Tokyo RPG Factory were inspired by the beautiful images of sky lanterns (天灯) and real-world traditions such as Obon when visualising the look and themes of the celebration, and the developers aspire to make players consider what life and death mean for them in their own lives with the evocative and powerful imagery.
Oninaki launches digitally on the 22nd August 2019, with a physical boxed release for Nintendo Switch available across select Australian & New Zealand retailers from the 6th September 2019.