Golden Fantasia fans can finally rejoice, as the Japanese fighting game based off a light novel series is making its way to the international market. While there were previous entries in the series, Umineko: Golden Fantasia is the first title that’s on Steam — in English — and with improved, rollback-based network gameplay.
Umineko: Golden Fantasia is anime tag fighting game with a Victorian aesthetic. The tag gameplay is a bit more interlinked than in other games; the two chosen fighters share their healthbar, but there’s still recoverable “red health.” The SP Gauge is used for a variety of tagging moves, which have specific, strategic purposes, either aiding in defense or offense. The main mechanic is called Metaworld, which is an Overdrive of sorts; a boosted state unique to each character. However, this state can’t be shared by the opponent, and what’s more, they can start an “Argument” to stop the Metaworld and incur their own — this can go back and forth until players run out of SP.
This release includes the Cross expansion from the Japanese version and a translated Story Mode.
Check out Umineko: Golden Fantasia on Steam, launching today, December 8th. For a limited time, there’s a 20% launch discount, putting the price at $19.99.
If you’re out and about in the fighting game scene, you probably have heard of Discord; here’s the link to the Umineko Discord.