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2.5D Hack-And-Slasher Slave Zero X Launches In February

The prequel to an old-school Dreamcast action game drops early next year.


Back in 1999, Infogrames launched Slave Zero, a 3D action game brimming with robots, guns, and explosions. Other than a PC port, the franchise had gone dormant, but now Ziggurat Interactive has purchased the IP and is bringing it back with a new perspective in Slave Zero X, a prequel to the original game, which launches February 21.

Slave Zero X tells the story of Shou, who merges with a prototype combat robot in order to fight the violent dictator of Megacity S1-9. Where its predecessor focused on 3D action, this new entry will switch to a side-scrolling, 2.5D hack-and-slash approach, with a focus on constant movement, dodging, and lengthy combos using swords and projectiles.

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Along with the core campaign mode, the game will feature a post-story mode called Bloody Palace, which will offer players more difficult challenges. It will also feature a full training mode offering a way to practice combos and attacks before challenging both the story and the Bloody Palace mode.

Slave Zero X was developed in partnership with indie developer Poppy Works, which has developed the shmup Devil Engine and the 2021 dungeon-crawling RPG Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi. Publisher Ziggurat Interactive made headlines in 2020 after acquiring a different cult-classic franchise: BloodRayne.

Slave Zero X launches February 21 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. A demo is available now on both Steam and Xbox Series X|S.

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