In celebration of National Heroes Day, Pinoy game development studio Ranida Games has launched the website of their fighting game, “Bayani: Kanino Ka Kakampi?”
“Bayani” is a 1-on-1 fighting game like “Street Fighter V” and “Dragon Ball FighterZ.” Though it is inspired by the historical figures, events, and landmarks of the Philippines, it takes place in an alternate timeline’s far-flung future.
In this world, the Philippines is known as the Neopublic of the Philippines, and Europe is Neuropa.
The game reimagines the Philippines’ heroes in bold new ways. There's Joe, based on José Rizal, who studied abroad and returns to his home country to deal with the threat of colonizers. Unlike his historical counterpart, Joe has a split personality – likely a reflection of the internal struggles the real Rizal went through.
There’s Dre (Andres Bonifacio), who is the resurrected corpse of an executed freedom fighter. Parts of his deceased brother’s body were used to make Dre's revival possible.
The current roster of seven characters also includes Rio (Apolinario Mabini), Hen. Anton (Antonio Luna), Leon (Emilio Aguinaldo), Lolang Tsora (Melchora Aquino de Ramos), and Oria (Gregoria Álvarez de Jesús). As character designer Anthony Dacayo created several other characters, it’s possible we’ll eventually see more fighters in the game.
“Bayani” will soon be launching on Steam. This will be followed by mobile and console releases.
In addition to the website launch, Ranida Games is holding an event called “Heroi.SM” from August 27 to 31 at SM City Masinag in Antipolo, Rizal. “Bayani” will be playable on all days of the event.
Other event highlights include a parade featuring special needs children wearing the “Bayani” characters’ costumes on the first day; an exhibit of Nemi Miranda’s artworks celebrating the return of our troops from Marawi; dance performances; and more activities aimed at helping “children explore the heroes in their lives – and among themselves.” Representatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will also be present at the event.