After Burner guns it toward PSP

Quirky developer Planet Moon to go serious with PSP revival

After Burner, the classic Sega arcade shooter, will be returning on PSP in new title After Burner: Black Falcon, it was announced today.

In development by Planet Moon Studios, the developer responsible for mentally unhinged third-person shooters MDK, Giants: Citizen Kabuto and, more recently, Infected on PSP, Black Falcon adds a single-player storyline, jet customization, and multiplayer modes to the classic fly-fast-and-shoot-everything After Burner formula.

We're not surprised to see After Burner coming back but we are surprised by the developer - earlier in the year, Sega announced a deal with PC flight sim developer Totally Games to create a PSP arcade remake. Exactly what that game is, we still don't know. But After Burner is in capable hands with Planet Moon, even if we'd rather they were doing a new, splattery Alien Syndrome (we hope you're listening, Sega).

October 10, 2006