A very random, but very welcome piece of news -- it's been announced that the 2D/3D Dreamcast shmup Under Defeat will be revived and updated via an HD port to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
During a time where SEGA was sadly forced to exit the hardware market and end support of its last console, Under Defeat was one of the many shmups that small companies in Japan made for the Dreamcast, keeping the console alive for fans and the games gaining cult status. With small amounts of copies produced, unsurprisingly all of these games have become very rare and sought-after items. Just saw a copy going for a whopping 240 bucks!!
For those who haven't played the game, Under Defeat in many ways is a fairly traditional shmup, but there were a few things they did to mix things up. First, though essentially a 2D shooter, the top-down view is at a slight angle, providing a 3D perspective with a few 3D elements thrown in for good measure, such as passing over projectiles.
However, the most significant aspect of the game was the sheer amount of unlockable bonus content available. There were art galleries, a practice mode, viewable replays of no-death runs and advanced scoring techniques, plus the ability to save your very own replays for the first time ever in the shmup genre, and from different camera angles too. Finally there's the secret standalone version of the second loop, reserved for the most capable of players, with mirrored layouts, new firing patterns, and changes in stage appearances, essentially giving you two games in one.
This new HD version will also include an original remix mode, all in glorious widescreen, and a Tate option, allowing you to rotate the picture 90 degrees for a more authentic arcade feel. Furthermore, though no details exist right now, Famitsu says there's gonna be a badass limited edition to come as well.
The scheduled release date thus far is spring next year. Whether or not it'll make its way this time remains to be seen, but given the amount of Japanese shmups I've seen come over during this generation, something tells me it very well might. Anyone feel the same?