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Chambara’s core mechanic is disappearance - a unique marriage of visuals and design. Players hide in plain sight by camouflaging against like-colored areas to ambush each other in thrilling and stylish duels. In Chambara, you and your friends will experience the edge-of-your couch tension of stealth combat in a game that looks like no other.
While Chambara is a competitive action game, we wanted to avert it from the toxic tropes of hypermasculinity and redemptive violence that come out of uncritical design thinking. We value competitive games because of the dialogue between players and the relationship to sportsmanship. We wish to draw out the best aspects of this kind of game with Chambara.
Chambara has been exhibited at events like E3 2015, Indiecade, BitBash, the Independent Games Festival, and Orbyt Play. Chambara is also the winner of the 2015 BAFTA “Ones to Watch Award” and an IGF Award Nominee for Best Student Game. Chambara promises to thrill and connect players with its striking visual style and deep, tactical play.
- Classic Local, Split-Screen Multiplayer for the Modern Age.
- Multiple unique stages, each intricately designed to play differently.
- Playlist functionality allows customization for casual to deep play.
- Stunning art-direction and richly interactive sound design.
- Cosmetic customization for characters
Chambara was originally pitched and accepted into the 2014 Dare to be Digital game-making competition held by Abertay University. Over the course of eight weeks, team ok created a prototype of Chambara for presentation at the Protoplay Festival. Chambara won the competition and was subsequently awarded the "Ones to Watch Award" at the BAFTA Games Awards in March 2015. Chambara is in further development by a large team of students from USC, The University of Colorado Boulder, and CalArts as part of USC's Advanced Games Program. Slated for release on consoles in 2016, Chambara will be the debut game from the new USC Games Publishing label.
Chambara Gameplay Trailer YouTube
Chambara Homecoming Trailer YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "BAFTA Ones to Watch Award" - 2014
- "IndieCade Showcase @ E3" - 2015
- "IndieCade Official Select" - 2015
- "BitBash Official Select" - 2015
- "IGF Nominee for Best Student Game" - 2016
- "E3 College Game Competition Finalist" - 2016
- "Chambara is the Samurai Jack game of our Cubo-Futurist dreams."
- Kill Screen, http://killscreendaily.com/
- "... a fantastically tense firstperson stealth hunt punctuated by intense bursts of panicked action."
- Edge, http://www.gamesradar.com/edge/
- "We love games like this. There's a timeless beauty to the art of holding down a couch with a group of friends..."
- Geek and Sundry, http://geekandsundry.com/
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