Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!! Game Launches for PS4, Switch, PC in Summer 2020
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Game developer Success revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the new game in the Umihara Kawase franchise is Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!!, and it will launch for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in summer 2020. The "rubbering action game" will have language support for Japanese, Chinese, and English.
Success began passing out a flyer that features the game on one side at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. The game will allow up to four players to play together online. The engine and basic graphics for the game remain the same, but the game will emphasize "competitive and cooperative stage-clearing action." The game will feature both original characters and characters from existing Success and Studio Saizensen games.
Umihara Kawase Fresh! shipped in Japan for the Nintendo Switch on April 25. Nicalis released the Switch game in North America and Europe on July 9. In all regions, the game had both a digital and a physical release. The game has multilingual support including English and Chinese.
Agatsuma Entertainment released the Umihara Kawase Trilogy game set for PC via Steam in 2015. The set includes Umihara Kawase, Umihara Kawase Shun, and Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari. The games were delisted from Steam in January 2016 after Agatsuma Entertainment shut down in December 2015. However, Degica acquired the rights to the games and re-listed them on Steam later in January 2016.
In the games, the player controls the sushi chef Kawase Umihara, using her fishing rod to navigate the games' levels. Kiyoshi Sakai developed the Umihara Kawase Fresh! game, and Toshinobu Kondō designed the characters and provided illustrations. Both worked on the original 1994 Umihara Kawase game.