Square Enix are publishing Moon Diver (formerly known as Necromachina) to the PSN and XBLA but, as yet, we don’t have a confirmed price or date. What we do have are some concept pieces, a logo and some announcement screens and information.
So what is it and why should you care? Well, Moon Diver is a 4-player jump in/out co-op, side-scrolling action adventure game with wall sliding and huge boss fights. That all sounds like it might be a lot of fun but there’s one more reason for you to be interested: Moon Diver was designed by Kouichi Yotsui, the man who designed Strider.
Now, we realise that many of our readers will be too young to know who or what Strider is. Rest assured that Strider was a seminal arcade game and its home console ports will be remembered fondly by many. Basically, it was a kind of dystopian futuristic ninja game with some innovative (and often replicated) design elements.
That seems to be something which has been carried over into Moon Diver, also set in a dystopian future and seeming to modernise many of Strider’s original aesthetic and control ideas.
Not that Moon Diver doesn’t seem to have its own ideas. We’ve heard the promise of improving visuals as the difficulty level is increased, better combo effects when more players are active and the collection of new combo moves to use in local, or online, co-op play.
This definitely looks like it’s worth keeping an eye on.