Daemon X Machina

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Daemon X Machina
Switch eShop artwork, featuring the playable character
Developer(s)Marvelous First Studio
  • Ken Awata
  • Ken Karube
Producer(s)Kenichiro Tsukuda
Designer(s)Shōji Kawamori
Artist(s)Yūsuke Kozaki
EngineUnreal Engine 4
  • Nintendo Switch
  • September 13, 2019
  • Microsoft Windows
  • February 13, 2020
Genre(s)Action, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Daemon X Machina is a third-person shooter action game developed and published by Marvelous. It was released for the Nintendo Switch in September 2019 and Microsoft Windows in February 2020.


In the game, the player controls a custom player character, who commands an Arsenal mech and engages in battle with other mech enemies. The player avatar's abilities and appearance can be customized in the Hangar, which serves as the game's main hub. It is also the place where players browse through different missions. After dealing enough damage to an opponent's mech, it is knocked down and players can scavenge its body parts or weapon and use them against the downed enemy.[1] A four-player cooperative multiplayer is also featured in the game.[2]


After a moon collided with the Planet, it radiated a special energy that turned artificial intelligence against humanity. The Outers, a group of pilots who command mechs, gained special abilities after being afflicted by the mysterious energy. They act as humanity's protectors and guardians as the war with the Arms of Immortals (AIs) rages on.[1]


The game entered production in mid 2017.[2] It was announced at E3 2018.[3] Kenichiro Tsukuda, who produced the Armored Core series, served as the game's producer, while Yūsuke Kozaki provided character designs.[1] A limited time demo was released on February 14, 2019.[4] The game features a vibrant color palette, a choice made by the development team to ensure that the game could be visually appealing and unique. The team also injected a lot of rock and metal elements into the game music, composed by several composers including Junichi Nakatsuru and Rio Hamamoto of Bandai Namco.[5][6] It was released on September 13, 2019, published by Marvelous in Japan and Nintendo worldwide.[7] A port for Microsoft Windows was released on February 13, 2020. While this version does include some of the licensed downloadable content, it otherwise contains all other content released for the Switch version.[8][9]


Aggregate score
MetacriticNS: 69/100[10]
PC: 72/100[11]
Review scores
Game Informer5.5/10[15]
Hardcore Gamer4/5[17]
Nintendo Life7/10 stars[20]
Nintendo World Report6/10[21]
Screen Rant4/5 stars[22]
The Games Machine8.2/10[23]

Daemon X Machina received "mixed or average reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic.[10]


Daemon X Machina launched at #4 on the Japanese charts,[24] and #19 on the U.K. physical charts.[25] As of October 2019, the game has sold 42,217 physical copies in Japan.[26]


  1. ^ a b c Devore, Jordan (August 23, 2018). "Takeaways from 30 minutes of Daemon X Machina gameplay". Destructoid. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Toilto, Stephen (July 13, 2018). "Nintendo Switch Exclusive Daemon X Machina Is Made For People Who Like To Take Machines Apart". Kotaku. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Alexander, Julia (June 12, 2018). "Daemon X Machina is a new mech action game for Nintendo Switch". Polygon. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Craddock, Ryan (February 14, 2019). "Daemon X Machina Demo Is Now Live On Switch eShop". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Stark, Chelsea (June 19, 2018). "Daemon X Machina was the most metal game at E3". Polygon. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Naudus, Kris. "'Daemon X Machina' brings stylized mechs to Switch in 2019". Engadget. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  7. ^ Wilson, Jason. "Daemon X Machina's mech action launches September 13". The Verge. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  8. ^ Romano, Sal (February 3, 2020). "Daemon X Machina coming to PC on February 13". Gematsu. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Devore, Jordan (February 3, 2020). "Daemon X Machina is getting a surprise PC release". Destructoid. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Daemon X Machina for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Daemon X Machina for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Schmädig, Benjamin (October 1, 2019). "Test: Daemon X Machina". 4Players. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Andriessen, CJ (September 11, 2019). "Review: Daemon X Machina". Destructoid. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Daemon X Machina review - a clanking Armored Core successor with moments of magic". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Miller, Matt (September 19, 2019). "Daemon X Machina". Game Informer. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "Daemon X Machina Review - Machine Earning". GameSpot. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Swalley, Kirstin (September 19, 2019). "Review: Daemon X Machina". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  18. ^ Skrebels, Joe (September 11, 2019). "Daemon X Machina Review". IGN. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Test : Daemon X Machina : une déception à la mesure de l'attente suscitée". Jeuxvideo.com (in French). September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Scullion, Chris (September 11, 2019). "Daemon X Machina Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  21. ^ Jones, James (September 11, 2019). "Daemon X Machina (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Daemon X Machina Review - Robots Fighting Behind A Soap Opera". Screen Rant. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "Daemon X Machina - Review". The Games Machine. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Craddock, Ryan (September 18, 2019). "Japanese Charts: Monster Hunter Still Reigns Supreme As Daemon X Machina Grabs Fourth". Nintendo Life. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  25. ^ Craddock, Ryan (September 16, 2019). "UK Charts: Nintendo Loses Out As Borderlands 3, Gears 5 And PES 2020 Take Charge". Nintendo Life. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  26. ^ Romano, Sal (October 9, 2019). "Famitsu Sales: 9/30/19 – 10/6/19 [Update]". Gematsu. Retrieved October 16, 2019.

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