Dungeon brawler FIGHT KNIGHT will release on Steam Nov. 30

Punch your way through puzzles and enemies

Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-11-03 21:59 (JST)
Translated by. Ryuki Ishii

Indie game developer Team Sorcerobe announced the release date of FIGHT KNIGHT. It will come out on November 30 for PC (via Steam).

FIGHT KNIGHT is a first-person “brawler” in which the protagonist Fight Knight punches their way through the mysterious tower that has suddenly appeared in the world. Fight Knight uses fists for literally everything. To fight enemies, solve puzzles, and interact with NPCs. Apparently, fists speak more than words.

Numerous creatures reside within “The Tower,” and battles occur in random encounter format. While the exploration part is reminiscent of an old-school grid-based dungeon crawler, battles take place in real-time. You’ll use punch, dodge, push, counter, and block actions to deal with enemies. Fight Knight can also use “energy-burning super moves called SPECIALTIES, consumable items, and a variety of gauntlets” to get an edge over foes.

Each enemy has their own quirks and attack patterns, and their skills are “designed to play off each other.” Some enemies use melee attacks, while others use ranged attacks, so you’ll have to be careful about where to position yourself at all times.

There are 5 zones within The Tower, and “each zone is comprised of multiple floors of puzzle-filled dungeon exploration. Each zone of the Tower has its own unique setting, layout, NPCs, puzzle elements, and enemies.” Your progress will be lost when you die, so make sure to go back to the inn, rest, and save the game.

Team Sorcerobe launched a crowdfunding campaign for FIGHT KNIGHT on Kickstarter back in 2017. It successfully raised about CA$ 52,000. DANGEN Entertainment was supposed to publish and localize the game, but their relationship ended in 2019, after accusations were made against DANGEN regarding their bad business practices and mishandling of payments. Then-CEO Ben Judd was accused of harassment and stepped down shortly after the debacle. Contractual and localization-related issues regarding FIGHT KNIGHT were pointed out at the time as well.

Team Sorcerobe terminated their contract with DANGEN and continued development without a publisher. Progress reports were posted on their Kickstarter campaign page, and they have been informing the backers about new features such as New Game +. It looks like the game will only support English at launch, though. Understandable considering the above-mentioned circumstances.

After all these twists and turns, FIGHT KNIGHT will finally come out on Steam November 30. You can check out the demo version on itch.io.