In Way of the Red (game site), you play the role of an accomplished swordsman who comes from a race of birdmen, and he is one of the last of his kind. Setting out on an adventure to find purpose in his life, he is shot out of the sky and captured by humans who turn birdmen into slaves. You soon discover that the human king is obsessed with something called "red seeds", which contain a mysterious power. Escaping, you fight your way through enemies using fast-paced sword techniques and projectile attacks, along with your ability to glide and climb walls. Discovering red seeds allows you to mutate and gain new abilities, which you will need to fight your way through the humans and beasts that stand in your way on your quest to put a stop to the king's plans and rediscover your lost love.
Way of the Red is headed to PC via Steam later this year. A demo is available via the developer's website.
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