PixelHeart have today announced the release of Ganryu 2! In partnership with the development studio Storybird Studio and Just for Games.

This is a true sequel to the arcade game Ganryu released over 20 years ago! Its sequel features fast-paced action in beautiful pixel-art environments at the heart of its gameplay.


Ganryu 2 will be available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One on 22 April, 2022. The game is also available in boxed form on Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 on the same day.

There is also an opportunity to get your hands on a limited edition on these same consoles! These will include a different cover, a certificate of authenticity, numbered sticker. Also a mysterious bonus!

(1000 units for Nintendo Switch, 1000 units for PlayStation 4).

About the game

Ganryu 2 is the sequel of the game Ganryu made by VISCO on NEOGEO in 1999. The game takes place in a feudal fantasy Japan strongly inspired by the story of Takezo Musashi. Musashi’s adventures are told in a series of books (mainly “The Stone and the Sword”). Play as Miyamoto Musashi and travel from the North to the South of a fantasy Japan of the 17th century. And so you will reach the island of Ganryu-jima, where it all began between Musashi and Kojiro…

After his victory against Kojiro, Musashi decided to retire and devote himself to meditation. Musashi even tries his hand at art, in the province of Hokkaido, in northern Japan. During one of his meditation sessions, a spirit contacted him. And it said: “Our fight is not over, we must finish once and for all! All of Japan will pay for your insult!” There is no doubt in Musashi’s mind that this voice was that of Sasaki Kojirō. The body of Kojirō has been defeated, but the spirit and destructive intentions remain. Musashi realised that he would have to cross Japan from north to south and go to the island of Ganryû-jima. Although he had already defeated Sasaki Kojirō, he will fight him again. Therefore freeing his spirit forever.


Like the original GANRYU 2 is essentially a hack’n’slash game inspired by the story of Takezo Musashi. “The Stone And The Sword” was released in 1930’s by Eiji Yoshikawa. One of the most famous samurai stories in Japan!

  • Explore a fantasist 17th century Japan through seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
  • Defeat Kojiro in The Floating Fortress and save Japan!
  • Dash, double-jump, wall-jump and throw kunais to defeat various enemies!
  • Use your special abilities, kamis, to best your enemies!
  • Collect Hanafuda cards through levels!
  • A beautiful pixel-art game inspired by classics such as Shinobi 3 and Shadow Dancer!

Find all the information about the game on the official website: https://www.ganryu2.com/


GANRYU 2 will be available digitally on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Also, physical copies available on Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 on April 22, 2022.

Release: 22 April 2022
Support: Switch, PS4, Xbox ONE, STEAM
Genre: Action, Platformer 2D
Developer: Storybird Studio
Publisher: PixelHeart / Just For Games