SNK is combining the classic Metal Slug shooter series with a strategic RPG formula to create Metal Slug Tactics. While no release date has been set, its reveal trailer at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Festival showed off enough of the game to tell us what it’s all about.
Metal Slug is one of SNK’s most popular arcade features, known for its frantic shooting gameplay. This new title is withdrawing from that style to bring its characters into a setting that resembles the Fire Symbol. It appears to use a grid-based combat system similar to that of that series, with Metal Slug characters fighting from a top-down perspective.
This isn’t the first time Metal Slug has taken an SRPG approach to gameplay. In 2009, SNK released Metal Slug Tactics for mobile platforms in Japan. This game has gone more in the direction Advanced War.
The new one Metal Slug Tactics is being developed by Leikir Studio, the team behind Steam titles like Rogue Lords and Wondershoot. It features the detailed and amazing animation the series is known for. While fans of the classic Metal Slug gameplay might miss out on the frenetic nature of the original, this new spin-off is packed with familiar faces that will excite fans.
The game’s makers include Dotemu, which has made its name known to fans of classic games with titles like Streets of Rage 4 and Windjammers 2. It’s also behind what’s to come Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.
Metal Slug Tactics A specific release date has not been confirmed yet, but it will most likely launch in 2021.