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New Strider Game Coming Early 2014

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.

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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.

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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?



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