Last year, Success Corporation teased a new entry in the Umihara Kawase series for Switch. Today, the company confirmed the game will be titled Umihara Kawase Fresh! and launch in 2019 in Japan. It will also exhibit Tokyo Game Show 2018 from September 20 to 23.
Here is an overview of the game:
About the Umihara Kawase Series
Umihara Kawase is an action game series where the player controls protagonist Umihara Kawase to reach the end of each level. The game is highlighted by its rubber ring action in which the player uses an elastic rope to progress.
The Meaning of The Title
“Umihara Kawase” is Japanese chef terminology meaning “fish from the sea have fat on their bellies, and fish from rivers have fat on their backs.” In Japanese, this is pronounced “Umi no sakana wa hara ni, kawa no sakana wa se ni abura ga notteru.” In this series, many fatty fish of the sea and river appear as enemy characters.
Visit Success Corporation’s official Tokyo Game Show 2018 website here.
Update 09/05/18 at 10:15 p.m.: Umihara Kawase Fresh! is developed by Studio Saizensen with character design by Toshinobu Kondou, just like previous entries. It also uses the same rubber engine, so the way the controls feel is also the same.
Update 09/07/18 at 2:05 a.m.: To change up the gameplay style, Umihara Kawase Fresh! gets rid of the previous entries’ stage system for a quest-based system on a Metroidvania-type connected map. Players aiming for the best times can use techniques to find shortcuts, and players who aren’t good at that can clear quests by taking the long way.