Samurai Aces III is July’s Psikyo shmup re-release

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City Connection continues on its quest to bring a selection of iconic Psikyo shmups to the Steam platform. The publisher has revealed that July 13 will see the arrival of the strange and ethereal Samurai Aces III: Sengoku Cannon.

Originally released in Japan in 2005 (under its original title Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode III), Samurai Aces III is the third and final entry in the eccentric trilogy, featuring typically frantic shmup action with a feudal Japan setting. Players choose from one of six unique characters and take the skies to battle waves of enemies and huge boss characters. Samurai Aces III blends 2D sprites with 3D character models and rudimentary 3D backgrounds, which admittedly makes for a jarring aesthetic.

Check out the action below, courtesy of YouTuber GameBurst:


As is the case with all of City Connection’s Psikyo re-releases, players will be able to tweak various settings from the original arcade release, and choose from a variety of screen filter and control options. If you just can’t wait for July 13 to get your shmup on, then the next title in the range – Strikers 1945 III launches tomorrow, June 30, on Steam.

Samurai Aces III: Sengoku Cannon launches July 13 on PC, priced at around $10. Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha and Bravo are available now on Nintendo Switch.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse