R-Type Final 2, the remake / reboot of the classic arcade shoot ’em up is progressing well and the game is currently playable at the Tokyo Game Show. Someone who clearly has no regard for the “no photos” sign on the table at TGS has recorded footage of the game and it’s looking gorgeous.
Granzella held a successful Kickstarter for the game raising 224% over what the had planned and almost hitting $1m in funding. Kazuma Kujo is directing the project, he has a long history with series have previously worked on R-Tyle Delta, R-Type Final, and R-Type Tactics.
“The basic elements of R-Type are now playable to a certain extent. Special weapons have not been installed yet. Also, we have been creating R-Type Final 2‘s unique elements separately so the trial play version does not include them,” stated the developer in an update. “The mere basic functions of R-Type generate a lot of tactical features. We take our hats off to by the depth of the basic rules of R-Type created by our predecessors.”
“The stages are rebuilt from scratch for the new game,” explained Granzella earlier this year. “As this is going to be the first R-Type game since 16:9 displays have become the standard, the screen structure will be reviewed to improve the playability and make the side scrolling shooter game more exciting and enjoyable. In addition, the stages that appeared in the earlier work will come back with new expressions and interpretations.”
R-Type is the best side ways scrolling shooter and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. A version of the original game and it’s sequel recently showed up on the PlayStation Store in the shape of R-Type Dimensions EX, which included a version with the original graphics and an enhanced version with better, although not stunning, graphics.
R-Type Final 2 is heading to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam at the end of 2020.