Square Enix announces Gunslinger Stratos for arcades in Japan

Upcoming shooter to feature arcade cabinet with two gun peripherals per player; directed by former Street Fighter and Darkstalker designer.

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Square Enix seems to have plans for the arcade scene in Japan if games like Gyrozetter are anything to go by. In a recent press conference streamed live at Nico Nico, the publisher announced yet another new arcade game titled Gunslinger Stratos, at the same time revealing a site for the game.

Unleash your inner Chow Yun-fat gunplay in Japan this summer.

The game is a four-on-four action shooting game, where players can use two guns to combat each other onscreen. Each arcade cabinet will have two gun peripherals and a 60-inch plasma monitor. Players will get to fight using three methods of combat: a double gun style with dual-wielding pistols; a side style, in which they must combine the device side by side to mimic a machine gun or shotgun; and the tandem style, in which they must combine the guns one atop the other to form a rocket launcher or heavy weapon.

Gamers will get to select different characters, with each of them having access to different types of weapons and power-ups. The game will also feature destructible environments that affect the layout of the stage.

Apart from local play, players can choose to take the fight online against other players all across Japan. Other modes include personal missions and cooperative missions. Players will also be able to link up their personal data via the NESiCA mobile site, where they can customize selected characters and weapons, as well as purchase in-game items using in-game points.

The game is developed by Byking, the company responsible for the Gundam Vs. arcade game. The producer is Nobuki Kadoi, whose previous acclaim was the arcade title Lord of Vermillion, while the game's lead director is Byking founder Shinichiro Obata, who previously worked on the Street Fighter and Darkstalker series. The character design work is done by Mari Shimazaki, known for creating designs for characters in Bayonetta and Okami.

Gunslinger Stratos is slated for a 2012 summer release in Japan.

Discussion

7 comments
servb0ts
servb0ts

Japanese always get the best Games on the Planet.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Ahhh how I miss the old arcade days; going to tilt and blowing $15 on Virtua Fighter, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat. That's a part of my childhood I'll never forget. I don't see it coming back to the US anytime soon though. Arcades are expensive to maintain and own and brick and mortar retail (malls) is taking a swan dive thanks to the internet. If all of that changed and they could somehow make arcades cheaper then I could see them coming back, but I really just think the world has moved on. Unfortunate. :(

Wula_
Wula_

If arcades charged 50 cents to start a game and 25 cents to continue. I would probably spend alot more time at them and possibly a entire day once a month there. But at $1 starting point and usually another $1 to continue. I get deterred and just sit at home where I pay $2.50-10 on a game during a steam sale since it is 30 times cheaper in the long run :c

jamyskis
jamyskis

A shame that arcades are pretty much dead these days. They're all but gone these days in Germany and nobody ever goes into UK ones where they charge 1 pound a pop.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

cool, might have to check it out in Club Sega although I dislike how loud they are sometimes. At least its not in a Pachinko parlor.....

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

U.S. needs to upgrade and make more arcades with good games. At least put them in chuck e cheese lol. They got some cool games in Japan if they put them here and cheapened the prices that are overpriced here currently the arcades would be doing good business. I remember they had games that costed a quarter now its a dollar for the same level of gaming