Stylish samurai action sidescroller Katana Zero is out now

We said in January that Katana Zero is a bit like a sidescrolling Hotline Miami: It's fast, violent, requires precise timing and execution, and one hit will take you out. We also said that it would be out in March. The former statement, as you can see in today's launch trailer, is accurate, but the latter was not. Instead, it came out today.

Katana Zero is a high-violence precision slashfest with "hand-crafted" levels and retro-style graphics, but it also promises "an enigmatic story told through cinematic sequences woven into the gameplay, twisting and folding to an unexpected conclusion." 

Violence is at the top of the menu, but apparently you have the option to chat now and then if you want: Publisher Devolver Digital said the game "uses a radical dialog design to provide subtle and surprising detours to the narrative path based not only on what the hero says to others, but when he says it or if he interrupts the conversation." 

And if you just like hacking the crap out of everything you see, that's cool too: "Deflect gunfire back at foes, dodge oncoming attacks, and manipulate enemies and environments with traps and explosives," the Steam listing says. "Leave no survivors." 

Sounds like a good time. Katana Zero is $14/£11/€13 on Steam.  

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.