Punishing: Gray Raven is a game that first made an appearance in Asia, but it didn't go unnoticed in the other parts of the world either. Rocking what appeared to be amazing graphics and a (yes, you guessed it) gacha system, the game looked quite promising. Now that we're getting closer and closer to its official release date, it would be great to learn a thing or two about the game, right?

Below we will dive into some of the key aspects of the game, and answer some of the most popular questions one might have about it. From the Punishing: Gray Raven release date to the characters and playstyle, we've got you covered.

What is Punishing: Gray Raven?

Punishing: Gray Raven is an action role-playing game that takes place in a dark cyberpunk world, where technology has taken over. Corrupted by The Punishing, androids drove humanity outside of their homeworld and onto Babylonia, a space station. It is now Gray Raven's task to help mankind reclaim their lands through stunning graphics and compelling gameplay.

The game will feature everything that you might expect from the genre - complex RPG, top-notch visuals and intense hack-and-slash combat with unique skills for each character.

Can we play Punishing: Gray Raven on PC?

The game is a mobile game, that will be available for Android and iOS only, but as many of you might know, there are plenty of emulators that you can use if you want to play it on PC. If you don't want to run an emulator, then you will have to settle for mobile.

Will the game release globally?

Yes! So far the game is available in China and Japan, but it'll come out globally soon. As we have previously announced, the game will release worldwide this summer. Don't worry though - we'll keep you in the loop! 

Punishing: Gray Raven gameplay

Is Punishing: Gray Raven similar to Genshin Impact?

The short answer to this would be yes, but it's complicated. If you want to draw a line of comparison, then yes - the game is similar in terms of graphics and certain gameplay elements to Genshin Impact. It's even similar to Nier: Automata and Bayonetta. It has tag-teams and anime graphics, however, there is one major difference. The two fall on completely different ends of the spectrum, giving off opposite vibes.

While Genshin Impact feels more "light", Punishing: Gray Raven is set in a completely different world - a dark, post-apocalyptic one, where technology has taken over.

Okay, okay, but how do we play it?

Moving on to the how-to-play Punishing: Gray Raven area, there are quite a lot of layers to it. Firstly, let's cover the basics. Players will be able to deploy 3 heroes at once, and they can switch between them at any given time (even mid-combat). That means only one thing - it's down to the little details.

We will give you a full guide and tips for it, as soon as the game's available!

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Punishing: Gray Raven global release date

The release date for the Punishing: Gray Raven is set for summer 2021. In the meantime, Android users can sign up for its closed beta!

The closed beta will be available for 3000 lucky players, who will gain access to the game before its full release. To sign up and get a chance to experience the game ahead of time, head on to the Punishing: Gray Raven official Facebook or Twitter page and sign up.

This sign-up period runs between May 19th and May 25th, and the players who have been chosen will be able to get into the game on May 27th. But that's not everything these lucky 3000 players will receive. Along with the exclusive early access to the game, there will also be a bundle of in-game goods waiting to be claimed. This bundle of resources consists of:

  • 15,000 Black Cards
  • 10 Medium Serum Bundles
  • 10,000 Basic Character Research Tickets
  • 7,500 Targeted Weapon Research Tickets

What about iOS users?

Unfortunately for iOS players, the wait will continue for a little while longer. This initial closed beta is for Android players only, and it will run for a week, until about June 3rd. If you're not an Android player though, don't worry - the developer has announced that a closed beta will run soon for iOS users too!

Will there be a character wipe between the closed beta and global launch?

There will be no character wipes between the beta phase and official launch of Punishing: Gray Raven, so if you manage to make it into the first 3000 to play the game, feel free to go wild! Fight as hard as you get and aim high, because at launch you'll get to keep all of your belongings.

Sadly for those who won't get into the game during beta launch and aim to climb to the top, you'll have to fight even harder to beat the beta testers.

What other features will the game have?

There are plenty of other features you can expect from the game. While we don't know ALL of them, here are a few that we know for sure you can find in Punishing: Gray Raven:

  • Housing system (the Dorm)
  • Affection (increase your intimacy with the characters and learn more about each one of them)
  • Guild system
  • A mentor-student system (to help out newer players and increase the rewards you can get)
  • Gacha system (unlocking new characters)

Of course, there are going to be a lot more features once the game releases. There will be equipment upgrades, overclocking and affixing it (which basically means adding additional stats to the equipment) and memories (which enhance your character stats further). 

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