The allure of a game centered entirely around boss fights is what sparked my initial interest in Furi, an upcoming action game headed to PC and PlayStation 4 later this year. But it was the exciting, genre-bending combat of these intense, one-on-one duels, all rendered in super sleek neon tones and with enemy art direction from the creator of Afro Samurai, that kept me entranced during my recent hands-on time.
Furi begins with our player character, a white-haired swordsman, held captive in a mysterious prison by a sinister character known as The Jailer. After a cartoon rabbit-headed warrior (unsurprisingly reminiscent of Kuma from Afro Samurai) frees him, I led the swordsman up the rainy steps to the first arena. It’s the first of many arenas in Furi’s bold, boss fight-only structure, Creative Director Emeric Thoa and Executive Producer Audrey LePrince tell me.