It’s been a slow news month, even if the site had been up and running the whole time. As we approach the summer months, I will attempt to fill in the gaps with some more “interest” articles. One of those that I have come up with is a series that will preview titles that are bound for the upcoming Exa-Arcadia platform. We’re still unsure when this system will begin shipping to arcades (last word was Spring, but we’re almost done there; some locations in Japan do have test units), so until then, let’s get a deeper look at what to expect. I started the series with a look at the run’n gun title Blazing Chrome and today we’re taking a look at a 1v1 fighter by the name of Bayani.

Bayani was first unveiled as an Exa title in January when a plethora of games were announced for the platform; it had previously been funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Designed by a team based in the Philippines called Ranida Games, it is also one of two games that will be coming to the platform, the other being an NBA Jam-like title they previously released on mobile devices. For Bayani, they describe the game thus:

BAYANI is a 1-on-1 indie fighting video game that draws heavily from historical figures and landmarks from the Philippines as inspiration. However, the game’s characters, levels, and storyline don’t depict historical events but is more trivial in nature. The game world is set on an alternate timeline but has many parallels, references, and callbacks to historical figures and events.
The word BAYANI is the Filipino word for Heroes. However, it carries a deeper context wherein only those who are willing to suffer and sacrifice themselves for the good of the country are worthy to be called as such. Therefore,