Capcom announces new Strider for early 2014
posted on 07.18.13 at 07:35 PM EST by (@salromano)
Double Helix-made reboot set for next- and current-gen.

A new Strider game is in development, Capcom announced during its “World of Capcom” games panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Developed in collaboration between Double Helix Games and Capcom’s Osaka studio, the side-scroller is set in the year Meio: 048, on an alternate dystopian future of Earth suffering under the oppressive rule of the “mysterious and omnipotent” Grand Master Meio. As Hiryu, the youngest ever recruit to attain a Special A-Class in the “hellish” Strider training program, players are tasked with eliminating Meio.

Players will travel the “expansive metropolis” of Kazakh City, described as “a mix of ornate Russian architecture and hard-edged futuristic high-rise buildings with sprawling energy cables and pipework.” You can freely explore the city and gain new abilities and items, which “open access to a truly expansive interconnected game world beyond.” You’ll perform “breakneck acrobatic jumps and mid-air flips” while slicing through enemies using Hiryu’s indestructible “Cypher,” a plasma weapon that can take on a number of properties. You can also use the climb sickle to gain the high ground and hit enemies with a surprise Kunai attack, or call on allies for support.

Capcom describes the game’s level design as “non-linear,” allowing for “incredible exploration” and providing a “rich open world.” It promises to offer the series’ hallmark fluid, fast-paced combat and free-flowing traversal. The original Strider and Strider 2 developers are the game’s main designers.

The enthusiasm for Strider series protagonist Hiryu has remained high for years, Capcom said. Fan demand, via outlets like Capcom Unity surveys and forum posts, helped make the game a reality.

Strider will launch via digital download in early 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

View the first screenshots at the gallery. Watch the debut fotage below.

Trailer

Seven Minutes of Gameplay

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    DD only+No Vita or 3ds version+developed by Double Helix =Shit.

  • Raiyu

    First Guilty Gear, now Strider resurrection.

    Pinch me I must be dreaming.

  • Eder García

    the trailer shows no WiiU logo, … WiiU owners, time to embrace Steam

  • Unknown

    Is this retail or digital only (xbox arcade, psn)?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Digital-only. Please read the story. *points to last paragraph* =)

      • Unknown

        ahh my fault

  • Luna Kazemaru

    > double helix

    hahah…ohhhh my hype went to zero :/

    • Solomon_Kano

      Pretty much my exact reaction. The 7-minute gameplay vid looks pretty sweet though.

    • Nitraion

      Are they making bad game in the past or something?…
      i just hear them from recent Killer instinct game honestly..
      But side scroller is the original style of strider… glad capcom not change MC like in DmC honestly :V

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Made an error in the initial report. Game’s not coming to Wii U. Sorry!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Added a 7-min gameplay video.

  • Invisbin

    Was hoping it was gonna be full 3D, not a side scrolling game. Hype gone.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      It should have been gone when you saw double helix name on it.

      • bloodiOS

        Why? The original developers are still the main designers of the game anyway.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Its still being developed by Double helix…Have you NOT seen their track record?

          • bloodiOS

            They were probably only hired to do the coding, I don’t think it’s that bad. I would only worry about it if the whole thing is Double Helix Games’ own project, but this is just a collaboration.

            • Raiyu

              That’s what I’m thinking. Gameplay looks pretty good from what I can see.

          • Marco Tinè

            Nobody had anything to say when it was revealed that DH are at the helm of the new Killer Instinct. Why that should work and not this? The original game designers are onboard, things should be fine.

            • bloodiOS

              Really?

              • Marco Tinè

                Really. Unless there’s more context to this clip, the people is clearly complaining about the Microsoft exclusivity, and not about DH making the game :)

                • bloodiOS

                  They start booing as soon as the DH guy starts talking, it only got much worse when they’re reminded that it’s an Xbox One’s exclusive. Even before this, the audience was chanting “Marvel” throughout the whole presentation. Double Helix being the developer really isn’t all that worse since these people clearly dislike whatever this game has to show.

  • bloodiOS

    Well, for a download-only game, it seems decent enough.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    They should have given it to Wayforward.

  • Maggard

    Might be worth playing on the PS-Vita.
    The play thru capabilities of the PS4 shouldn’t stop developing a hand held version.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Interesting… I’ll keep an eye on this :)

  • MasterSensei

    Nice! a 2-D side-scroller like the original games and not a crappy 3D hack and slash game. This gives me hope for Capcom to release a Megaman game. (Although, I do like the Megaman.exe games)

  • shogunknight

    looks lovely

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    Before I saw the footage, my hype rose and fell. “Capcom announces New Strider” YEEESSSSS then I read… “Double Helix” D= then I watched the videos and the hype returned. Looked fun, Strider’s moves looked pretty faithful. I’m curious how much of the game is Capcom and how much is Double Helix.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I’m really torn here. I sort of like what I see so far in the video, but it’s Double Helix. I feel very uneasy about this purchase! Maybe I’ll flip a coin or something later to decide, lol.

    I’m getting too old for all these ‘action ninja flipping all over the place explosion oh my god wtf do I do now’ kind of games anyway.

  • Elvick

    Bummer it’s not also on PS Vita, and worrisome on the developer side… but it looks great. And I’m very picky on how a once 2D franchise turning 2.5D too.

    Although, watching that gameplay video… is the camera too close or is it just me?

  • http://www.game-rumble.com/ LamiaGR

    I hope this comes out in Steam.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Ahh,I was hoping for a Full 3d In house Capcom made game….:{ But I like Strider…but….D-Helix…

  • PrinceHeir

    wow seriously Capcom you can’t be this stupid now can you?

    why the fuck do they keep outsourcing their IPs to these western devs? why not give the JPN a chance for their own spin.

    CyberConnect2 is interested in Megaman Legends 3, Strider could have been well made in Platinum’s Hands,

    the art style here looks generic as hell, you don’t see the badass ninja that speeds up and kills everyone in an instant.

    also the animation looks stiff as hell, no free flow of the older games.

    should asked Vanillaware to animate the sprites.

    will see how it goes, but i doubt double helix can do these games any justice.

    • LordKaiser

      I agree about Platinum games doing a better job adding sliced up enemies animations instead of just enemies exploding up instantaneously. Also the slicing sound effect is off as well but I disagree with you about the speed. I think is fast enough.

  • Marco Tinè

    I agree with those who long for a portable version. I hope Capcom will consider it somewhere down the line.

  • LordKaiser

    The game looks excellent but I wish that enemies had animations when you slice them up and you can see their sliced up limbs like MGR and Mega Man Zero series including ZX.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Yeah, first time I saw that in Zero I was like, :O

  • SpectralRaiden

    Not that I have a problem with it, but why are Japanese developers putting so much trust in Western developers to stay faithful to a Japanese franchise. I know that they’re doing it to experiment on broadening their horizons and introduce new blood into their IPs, but at the end of the day they can’t really be mad at the results that they get. I take it that Capcom is atleast overseeing some facets of this games developement right?

    • Elvick

      It’s just cheaper, it has nothing to do with ‘trust’.

  • HeatPhoenix

    you’d make a strider hiryu game but not mega man

    ok

  • Alex Loh

    Erm..a strider game should be in 3D open world game lol
    side scrolling game belongs to Mega Man series especially X as I prefer.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Er… No? Strider is more suitable for 2D. More people would rather see a 3D open world Mega Man game (a la Mega Man Legends 3). Silly :P

      • Alex Loh

        ah…whatever :P