Tokyo Chronos and DYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate studio MyDearest has announced virtual reality multiplayer first-person shooter Brazen Blaze. It will launch for “major virtual reality platforms” in 2024. A Steam page is now live.
Closed alpha registrations are currently available via the MyDearest Discord channel, with official invitations planned to go out later in September.
Here is an overview of the game, via MyDearest:
For years, gamers have asked themselves whether they’re bad enough dudes to save the president, but Brazen Blaze aims a little higher and asks if you’re a bad enough dude to be the president. In the anarcho-capitalist world of Brazen Blaze, the only thing keeping society from slipping into a complete dystopia is an international fighting tournament to determine the President of the world. Contestants travel the globe to duke it out in locations evocative of the real world.
The fighting takes to the streets with multiple unique characters in three-versus-three online multiplayer battles in virtual reality. Players will dash, jump, grapple, shoot, and punch their way using enormously powerful gauntlets to force their opponents off the stage and claim victory. Each character has their own special attack that defines breaking the rules—causing explosions, spending way too much money, setting things on fire, etc. They say you can’t be a good person and be a good president and these characters live that mantra.
Brazen Blaze is being made by a veritable all-star team of MyDearest developers sticking to their Japanese game design roots and outside notable luminaries that have helped us bring our vision to life. Here’s what some of them have had to say:
—Richard Khoo, Former Riot, Blizzard, and More Systems Designer, August 2023
“Having developed real-time PvP games for decades, I’ve observed that mastery—both in combat mechanics and in freedom of movement—is a cornerstone of player engagement. Brazen Blaze has masterfully blended these elements, offering a distinctive twist to the battle arena genre. The game’s immersive VR dimension adds unparalleled depth, setting players right in the middle of the action. Even in its pre-alpha stage, Brazen Blaze exuded potential, tantalizingly hinting at the richness of the full experience that included carefully crafted characters with special powers and personalities. I love the mix of close-quarter combat and strategic long-range attacks, all set against a backdrop of destructible environments. There’s tremendous promise here, even in the early pre-alpha stage, and I eagerly await the full release.”
—Warren Ellis, Creator of Netflix‘s Castlevania, Transmetropolitan, and more, July 2023
“This was a wonderful project to work on. Helping to develop characters who are weird and fun, but also reflect some of the struggles going on in the world was a really interesting challenge, made much easier by the incredible work already done by the team. It was a joy to do, and I hope everyone likes the game.”
“[Brazen Blaze is] a fresh take from your standard VR FPS experience. Super fun fast paced close quarter combat coupled with long range weapon attacks! Destructible environments and unique character skills! The gameplay left me wanting more… and I was only playing the prototype. Lots of potential here… I can’t wait to play the full release!”
—Thrillseeker, Notable Virtual Reality Influencer and YouTuber, September 2023
“MyDearest has built something really special with Brazen Blaze. It captures that same intensely fun feeling of couch co-op casual-competitive games and translates it to VR. Brazen Blaze feels like the epitome of the ‘okay, just one more round’—and then saying that five more times. Just pure, simple, unadulterated fun.”
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.