First Look: Balete City by Studio Enero

Words by Lara Antonio | Photos by Studio Enero (Balete City)

Scene PH gets its first look at Balete City

Balete City – some of you readers might be familiar with this title: an indie game that’s still in development, and has been making waves on Social Media since 2019. Not to be confused by its almost namesake, Balete Drive, “Balete City” is an independent RPG horror game that revolves around Filipino mythology. 

Set in modern day times, the game follows Aki, an orphan in high school who finds out he is the last of the Asog (the male version of the babaylans, who would step in the role when no female babaylans are available as healer/protector of the tribe). Through the course of the game, he encounters Filipino monsters and must learn how to attain his full powers as an Asog.

Gallery: Screenshots from the game

Created by Studio Enero’s founder, Niley Bacolcol, Balete City is actually based on his graphic novel, “Balete High.” 

The much-anticipated game “will be available for the PC, with the hopes of launching it on major consoles including the Switch,” says Doddie Householder, Studio Enero’s Social Media Marketing Director. “Once we get proper funding, we can get the Beta out in a year or two. Surviving on barely enough funding, maybe three to four years.”

Fans and potential investors can stay updated on the games progress through their social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Discord


About the team
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Studio Enero and Balete City: 

A horror RPG indie game in development that revolves around Filipino Mythology. Made in Unreal Engine for PC and console gamers by an all-Filipino team.

To support Studio Enero and the development of Balete City, the team has fundraising platforms on GCash (09204123219 – indicate that purpose is for Balete City); Ko-fi, and Patreon.