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BAYANI levels up with the release of its eighth character, another pivotal figure in Philippine history

12:33 PM August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020 — Ranida Games, a Philippines-based indie game studio, is excited to announce the release of BAYANI‘s latest character, Lolang Tsora, bringing the game’s total to eight playable characters. A fast-paced, 1-on-1 anime-style fighting game heavily inspired by the Philippines’ rich history and mythology, BAYANI was released on Steam Early Access last year, showing impressive progress in its development since that time. 

The new trailers can be viewed here:

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New Character Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ezQ80XYaM

New Gameplay Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoebaSPv2eI 

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The complete character roster includes:

  • Joe (based on Jose Rizal)
  • Dre (based on Andres Bonifacio)
  • Oria (based on Gregoria de Jesús)
  • Tonio (based on Antonio Luna)
  • Leon (based on Emilio Aguinaldo)
  • Rio (based on Apolinario Mabini)
  • Fernando (based on Ferdinand Magellan)
  • Lolang Tsora (based on Melchora Aquino)

Lolang Tsora is based on Filipina revolutionary Melchora Aquino, more commonly known as “Tandang Sora.” In BAYANI, she is an old grandma with low HP who moves slowly. But she has more than enough tools to keep her enemies away and create distance while piling on the pressure. Tsora’s attacks can be categorized into three distinct magic types: Light Magic that draws power from the Moon and pushes opponents away; Dark Flames that draw from an ethereal Bakunawa and burns enemies; and Combined Light and Dark Magic that hits enemies multiple times for devastating damage.

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BAYANI began with its characters, all based on real-life figures from Filipino history. Weaving together the rich heritage of the Philippines with a groundbreaking fictional narrative, BAYANI brings history to life with style and verve. The game presents this in an accessible, easy-to-play format – albeit with a competitive streak pro-gamers will love – in order to share this unconventional chronicle of the past with as many players as possible, regardless of skill level. 

“With the release of our eighth character, our core roster is now officially complete,” says Robert Cruz, game director of BAYANI. “The ninth secret character will be released as free DLC (downloadable content) to everyone in the future. It was added as a mini-quest social goal in our Kickstarter campaign so having it as a DLC seems more fitting.” Cruz added: “We can now start development for other features of the game, such as Story Mode, an updated Arcade Mode and a more robust training room. This also means that we can divert more resources to online multiplayer, with a proper lobby. At this point, rollback netcode is a must so we will have to rethink our multiplayer approach.  DLC characters will also still be developed alongside the other features but character creation will no longer be the top priority.” 

“This game is our proof that incremental updates and changes can lead to a better product,” says Ben Banta, CEO of Ranida Games. “The current state of BAYANI now is far from what it used to be a couple of years back. The early access phase is very helpful not only for the game but also for us as game developers. It’s been a continuous learning process with the help of the fighting game professionals and player feedback to make the game better.” 

BAYANI is part of Indie Arena Booth Online today at gamescom 2020 and the game can also be purchased on Steam Early Access where it will be discounted at 33% off during gamescom August 27-30. A free demo of the game can be downloaded on Itch.io here.

For more information, visit BAYANI – Fighting Game on Steam and follow the game on Discord and Twitter.

This article is an official press release from Ranida Games.

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