Capcom has announced at Comic Con that a new Strider game is finally coming, and it’s slated to release early 2014. Developed in conjunction with Double Helix and Capcom, Strider will be a downloadable title. It will be available on the Xbox One and the PS4, as well as the Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC.
The game retains the traditional 2-D side scrolling action the series has been famous for. Strider looks to be a “Metroidvania” style game, with multiple paths that will only open when both Hiryu himself and his sword Cypher acquire new powers.
Capcom also dropped some tidbits about the story as well. From Capcom’s press site:
The year is Meio: 048, on an alternate dystopian future of Earth. The whole planet suffers under the oppressive, iron-fisted rule of the mysterious and omnipotent Grand Master Meio. An expert in sabotage and assassination, Hiryu is the youngest ever recruit to attain a Special A-Class in the hellish Strider training program, and is the only man capable of achieving the mission to eliminate Grand Master Meio.
The upcoming game will mark the first time the Strider Hiryu has starred in his own game since Strider 2 for the PS1. Since then, the ninja assassin has probably been most recognizable for being a character in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise.
Along with the announcement trailer, Capcom dropped a lengthy gameplay trailer that gives an extensive look at how the game will play.
A downloadable title seems like the perfect way to revive a series like Strider. Strider isn’t a franchise that would be financially successful if it was a full fledged $60 game with a huge budget. But there are enough fans that have been clamoring for a new Strider game that would warrant a smaller scope downloadable game. Besides, if it was a $60 retail release, you know Capcom would change it to a 3-D game and mess with the formula. Remember Bionic Commando in 2009?