|The horizontal shooter will debut on Xbox One, but should reach other platforms later.|
First, Abylight and Locomalito partnered to bring us Cursed Castilla, an action game in the vein of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. And it was apparently very, very good. Now, the two companies are working on a new project that looks similarly retro. It's called Super Hydorah, and it will debut on Xbox One this spring.
From the look of things, the "hectic non-linear game" will offer both single-player and multiplayer modes, so you can go up against some sort of menace either alone or with assistance from a capable friend.
"Super Hydorah is designed to offer a challenging and memorable experience," notes a press release that hit my inbox earlier this morning, "just as the traditional SHMUP classics did, and offers you a wide set of different combat situations and unique content that will surprise you and keep you engaged for hours."
The game boasts multiple routes, so that you'll never see everything if you play through it just once or twice. There also are multiple endings, to further contribute to replayability. Knowing me, I would find the easiest route and that route would become my favorite route. I'm a total scrub. But some of you masochists like things more difficult, and it sounds like Super Hydorah will have your back.
Super Hydorah features 21 levels, which are divided into 35 sublevels. There are 35 bosses and more than 100 enemies. You'll have to dodge a lot more than just bullets, in the fine tradition of horizontal shooters, and you'll be able to unlock new weapons in every mission while jamming out to a soundtrack that consists of more than 60 tracks. Secrets, achievements and a rank system are also promised, along with a CRT monitor visual effect.
To my untrained eye, Super Hydorah looks like it's shaping up to be something special. Certainly, it seems like the sort of thing that SHMUP fans will want to keep an eye on, especially as we move closer to its eventual release. Are you ready to blast the Meroptian menace into oblivion?
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