Coming off the recently revealed introductory movie and preorder bonuses for Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, D3 Publisher has revealed more information about new gameplay mechanics coming to the PlayStation 4 game, specifically the introduction of what the company has dubbed the “Cross Merge Combination System.”
The basic gist of the Cross Merge Combination System is that it enables players to have multiple characters running around on screen simultaneously, rather than be simply confined to the series’ previous standards of swapping between two characters on the fly. As other characters are brought in as backup, attacks can be coordinated among them on the battlefield in order to effectively deal with the hordes of enemies that will face them, as well as pull off proper combination attacks, the specifics of which are dependent upon individual character controls.
At the outset of the game, only two characters at a time can be brought in to levels to fight, but eventually can progress to up to four total. It’s worth noting, though, that the Cross Merge Combination System isn’t something that’s always on during the game per se, but rather has to be triggered by building up a gauge during levels, which occurs automatically over time. More and more characters in the party will then be ready to join the fray in whichever order players decide ahead of time prior to fighting. Timing is also said to be important, as the system is most potent when used in response to ongoing battlefield conditions (e.g.: boss encounters).
D3 Publisher is quick to note, however, that despite the presence of the Cross Merge Combination System, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is still a single player game, through and through, meaning it remains up to the player to manage their available characters well by swapping between which one to play as needed during fights to come out on top in each level. The system is said to be accommodating of players of all skills levels, with advanced players able to dynamically make the most of combo attacks, while those less skilled can still enjoy playing with it on their own terms.
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is set to arrive in Japan for the PlayStation 4 on October 30. Check out a load of new screenshots and artwork for the game at the gallery here.