In a surprise announcement via Twitter, one of the 16-bit eras cult classics is set to make its return after 22 long years. So get ready to lock and load, as it’s time to take on the Wild West one more time in Wild Guns Reloaded.
First released in Japan back in 1994 and developed by Natsume, Wild Guns is quite simply the epitome of a cult classic. Yes, sadly it may not be that well known today, but for those who have played its critically acclaimed unique brand of arcade shooter gameplay, it certainly leaves a lasting impression. This is because Wild Guns doesn’t play like a normal shooter, and instead somewhat takes the form of a shooting galley.
You see, whilst the protagonist looks upon the world in a third person view, players are unable to move forward and backwards. As such, players much aim at the oncoming barrage of enemies whilst simply strafing from left to right. In many ways, the game resembles the head-on stages from Contra.
And now, thanks to Natsume and Natsume Atari (which oddly enough are now separate companies), the original development team have been brought back together to reinvent Wild Guns for a brand new audience. Speaking about the upcoming Wild Guns Reloaded, Netsuke CEO Hiro Maekawa had the following to say:
Wild Guns was an instant cult classic when it launched a little over 20 years ago, and fans have continued to love the franchise on Nintendo platforms over the years. We’re very excited to be working with Natsume Atari Inc. and the original development team to bring the game to the PlayStation 4 audience.
What’s more, Natsume Atari CEO Takashi Matsumoto also added that:
With our 30th anniversary this year, it’s the perfect time to revisit one of our classic and most beloved titles. The original programmer, designer, and sound creator of Wild Guns are excited to have an opportunity to revisit their game many years later, and bring it to a modern Sony audience.
Whilst maintaining what made the original so great, Wild Guns Reloaded will also see numerous additions too. For example, this time round Clint and Annie will be joined by two new protagonists, and in doing so the game will now offer a retro four player co-op experience. Additionally, on top of all the classic stages, this remaster will also include a range of brand new stages, weapons and boss battles.
Whilst there’s currently no release date, or any footage for that matter, we’re assured that we’ll learn more at this year’s E3 next month. As such, as always Rings & Coins will be on hand to give you the low down as soon as we learn more. Either way though, whilst this announcement was definitely unexpected, I can’t think of a 16-bit game more deserving of a modern remaster than Wild Guns.