Chinese-Style Beat ‘Em Up 9 Monkeys of Shaolin Announced

Newly announced 9 Monkeys of Shaolin promises to mix old-school beat 'em up genre charm with a Medieval Chinese setting straight from the storybooks.

on March 24, 2018 1:40 PM

Newly announced 9 Monkeys of Shaolin puts you in the shoes of humble Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng, who sets out to avenge the death of his friends and family at the hands of the local pirate gang. The game promises the hype of old-school beat ’em ups and features a top down perspective as Wei Cheng pummels his way through hordes of baddies.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is described on its trailer as the following:

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a new multi-platform beat ‘em up game where you, as a mere Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng, have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village. Prepare for a challenging adventure in Medieval China in a new intense top-down, close-quarters action game where you will punch and hack your way through enemies using basics of ancient martial arts only mastered by legendary Shaolin monks!

The announcement trailer gives us tiny snippets of gameplay, showing Wei Cheng swinging his staff around like it’s going out of style. We see a variety of environments ranging from hilltop temples to bridges to bars in a roaring Chinese landscape. The art style of the game is delightfully stylized and lends itself well to the fast-paced action, but we’ll see how it evolves as we see more of the game.

Details from the game’s website tell us that there will be co-op (both online and couch) and that there will be three fighting styles for Wei Cheng to master–earth, air and one using mysterious magic seals. The game is being developed by Sobaka Studios, who released a similar style game called Redeemer last year.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin will be releasing in fall of 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Keep an eye out for further details as we approach release.

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Emily Hobbs is a Staff Writer at Dualshockers. When she's not writing articles, she's also a senior Computer Information Systems with a Forensics focus major at Stevenson University, where she bonded with her roommates freshman year via Dark Souls and Outlast, as all true friendships should begin. She enjoys any kind of game except for the ones she doesn't, and a good RPG or horror game can make her day.