Stopping in Japan this summer? You may
want to duck into an arcade to check out Square Enix's Gunslinger
Stratos; a newly announced four-player shooter sporting extensive
online support and the innovate “Double Gun Device” for maximum
Revealed today during Square Enix's
overseas press conference (as translated by Andriasang), the arcade
fragfest will allow players to shoot it out with three other friends
or CPU players in modern day Japan locations. A key feature of the
multiplayer gunner will be the “Double Gun Device” which, as the
name implies, will act as a controller that can be wielded as two
separate guns or physically combined into one powerhouse weapon.
The action will be displayed on 60-inch
plasma screens, and be backed online with nationwide battles,
cooporative and personal missions, and clan support. Players who link
their accounts with the Japanese arcade client NESiCA will also be able
to purchase new costumes, items, and other character customization
perks using in-game points.
Gunslinger Stratos is being developed
by Byking (Mobile Suit Gundam Vs. Extreme), produced by Nobuki Kadoi
(Lord of Vermillion), and directed by Byking founder Shinichiro Obata (Street Fighter), with character designs provided in part by Mari
Shimazaki (Bayonetta, Okami). It is expected to land in Japanese
arcades this summer 2012.
Seeing as most western arcades are
populated by coupon games and 1990s racers, it's unlikely Square Enix
will bring Gunslinger Stratos to our shores. That's too bad, because
judging by the game's website and the screens below, it looks like
it'll be worth the quarters/rolls of dollar bills.