Side-scrolling shooter Xydonia fully embraces '80s arcade style0 Comments
There just aren't enough arcade-style "shmups" in the world. Their endangerment is a common problem, all gamers know, but precious few development studios are doing anything about it. Fortunately for us, Italian developer Breaking Bytes is working on a game called Xydonia, a side-scrolling shooter title that promises all the sweaty-palmed, heart-pounding action that has been so dearly missed since the '80s and '90s.
Xydonia is quite clearly inspired by games like Gradius and R-Type, dropping players into the cockpit of future-tech spacecraft under strict orders to annihilate everything that emerges from the right side of the screen. The visuals share that familiar retro look, too, with Breaking Bytes going so far as to throw in a "CRT mode" that reproduces the look and feel of '80s-era displays. And since a thumping soundtrack has long been part of the shmup tradition, Breaking Bytes have tapped on the talents of famed Japanese composers Shinji Hosoe and Keishi Yonao. What's more, the game's entire score will be reproduced through a period-accurate Yamaha UM2151+Sega PCM sound chip.
Xydonia is currently being crowdfunded through Kickstarter, and at the time of writing stands only $6,667 short of its $22,223 goal. Don't worry, there's still time to jump in on the action, as 15 days remain in the project's campaign. Breaking Bytes have also lovingly provided an alpha release of Xydonia in the off chance that backers need a first-hand glimpse of the game's direction.
If all goes to plan, Xydonia will be available via Steam in October of 2017. And, if gamers feel generous enough to pledge €70,000 or more to the project, Breaking Bytes will bring the game to Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and Xbox One.