Borrowing stylistically from the likes of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and classic games like Wing Commander, doublesix games (makers of Burn Zombie Burn!) promises to deliver an updated version of the old space-action arcade games many grew up on. However, Strike Suit Zero will stand apart from that which inspires it with several key gameplay features.
The first and foremost of said features is the Strike Suit itself. It has the ability to transform, one mode no doubt allowing for greater speed and maneuverability, while the other gives you a greater range of weaponry with which to unleash on your enemies, of which there will be plenty, given the premise of Strike Suit Zero.
Players pilot the Strike Suit in order to defend the Earth from total destruction with only hours left to spare. The developers aim to have players flying by the seat of their pants, throwing tons of enemies their way and letting them prioritize targets and picking their own path through the maelstrom. The game features a branching mission structure, which will be driven forward by snap player decisions. The name of this game is simple: fast, fast fast! No time to think, just shoot and shoot some more. Well, no complaints here.
Doublesix has released a short Strike Suit Zero teaser trailer, somewhat disappointing for its lack of footage, but hey, it is only a teaser trailer.
The game also seeks to please with the brightly coloured, sleek, dazzling anime art style. The ships are designed by Junji Okubo, known for his work in Appleseed: Ex Machina, as well as the mech-sim Steel Battalion. With a score from award-winning sound designer Paul Ruskay, it’s clear that while the game will be short, they want Strike Suit Zero to be just as engrossing as Starlancer or Wing Commander.
It’s an intriguing title, and it would be nice to see it in action. Better yet, to get to experience some of the balls-to-the-wall action it so casually promises. Stay tuned for more news soon as it will be presented at GamesCom in a week. Until then check out these screenshots and some concept art.
Strike Suit Zero is slated for a digital release in Q1 2012 on PC, PSN, and Xbox Live Arcade.