Bayani, the indie fighting game steeped in Philippine history and lore, is now available on Steam

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 13, 2019 at 11:33 a.m. PDT

We first talked about Bayani: Kanino Ka Kakampi?! back in December 2018 when it was trying to reach its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, and it ended up succeeding with the first fruits of Ranida Games' labor now available to play for yourself.

Bayani is now available to purchase on Steam Early Access as the first fighting game built around the history and culture of the Philippines with re-imagined futuristic versions of actual historical figures.

The game launched with four playable characters in Joe, Tonio, Leon and Oria with four more currently present on the character select screen though they cannot yet be used — Dre, Rio, Lolang Tsora and Fernando.

Bayani's gameplay revolves around a simplified six-button fighter where half of the buttons represent the normals while the other half are all of the specials. There are also EX moves, command normals, a burst system and Supers to help all of the characters feel pretty unique amongst each other filling various archetypes.

Game modes are currently fairly limited with only offline matches and training mode available right now though an online component and more features are planned to be coming as the title continues development.

Based around the real Philippine Revolution that started in 1896, the game's story takes place in 8096 with stylized fighters from both sides of the conflict.

The full asking price for Bayani on Steam is $15.99 USD, but it is currently having a launch promotion by taking 25 percent off which brings the price down to $11.99 until June 18. Ranida Games also says they have plans for console, arcade and mobile versions of their fighting game to come in the future.

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Overview

Bayani is based on real historical personalities and features a combination of 2D fighting gameplay and full 3D graphics with a simplified 6-button control system. It is meant to be an easy to pick-up difficult to master fighting game that all players can enjoy. We’re currently working on this title together with 2012 EVO champion Ryan "Fchamp" Ramirez as he is currently staying in the Philippines helping eSports event organizers to grow the fighting game community, likewise, working together with our team for Bayani as consultant/ambassador.

Author's note: Ranida Games provided EventHubs with a copy of the game for preview / review purposes.

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