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 pretend carnage.
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.