Legendary Japanese developer Treasure has confirmed that it is currently developing a new and “highly requested game,” driving up excitement for fans of the studio behind some of the greatest shoot’em ups of all time. Among those include Gunstar Heroes, Gradius V, Radiant Silvergun, and Ikaruga, a hugely popular sci-fi shooter that was originally released in Japanese arcades in December 2001 before making its way to Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast system and other platforms, including Steam, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Ideally experienced on a vertical monitor, Ikaruga challenges the player to survive with a ship that can be shifted to absorb enemy attacks, which comprise white and black bullets. It also features an amazing soundtrack by Hiroshi Iuchi, who also happens to have directed the game. Treasure celebrates its 30th anniversary today.
[TREASURE 30th ANNIVERSARY]— 株式会社トレジャー (@TreasureCoLtd) June 19, 2022
2022年6月19日、株式会社トレジャーは会社設立30周年を迎えました！ 30周年の今年、ご要望の多い「あの」タイトルを発表できるよう鋭意開発中です。 今後とも、トレジャーをよろしくお願いいたします。 pic.twitter.com/hvQxcesGkj
A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra’s ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage – this polarity-switching mechanic is the game’s core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. It’s now up to Shinra makes his final stand, as the Ikaruga might be the rebel federation’s last chance to defeat the oppressive Horai regime!