For fans of old-school space shmups with heavy anime influence where your spaceship can become a giant mech to kill enemies with a sword, indie developer Bit-17 has announced that Galak-Z will be arriving on Steam on October 29.
Aside from being a homage to the old 16 bit shoot'em ups - Bit-17 says its name is 16 bit with a little something extra - Galak-Z will include some very modern features such as advanced AI, procedurally generated arenas and physics-driven open world action.
According to the developer, the game "is not only a love letter to 1980s arcade shooters and Japanese anime Sci-Fi. It’s also a true evolution of the 2D space-shooting genre." The game is inspired by such arcade games as Asteroids, Gradius and R-Type, as well as NES games like Solar Jetman. It will depend on "hyper-responsive controls, deviously intelligent enemies, and strange, expansive worlds to navigate."
And, best of all, you can turn your ship into a giant mech. "With the hit of a button Atak’s space fighter instantly transforms into a hulking space robot death machine complete with laser sword, shield and grappling hook!" boasts Bit-17.
Gamers can visit the official site