AKIBA’S TRIP and Octopath Traveler developer Acquire have announced twin-stick shooter XALADIA: Rise of the Space Pirates X2 for PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC (Steam). It will launch this fall as the company’s first self-published title worldwide with English, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language options.
“Our new self-publishing unit is filled with the brightest young game development minds in Japan designing under the tutelage of Acquire’s award-winning creative team,” said Acquire president Takuma Endo in a press release. “XALADIA completely modernizes the classic twin-stick shooter and is just the beginning for our newly formed team. We look forward to revealing more projects very soon.”
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Captivate players with non-scrolling single-screen combat, flashy support attacks with armaments, and beautiful 3D graphics. Don’t miss the new sensation twin-stick shooter XALADIA!
As an elite special forces soldier of the planetary exploration team, you have traveled to numerous planets for survey missions and colonization throughout the galaxy. However, suddenly an enemy appears to obstruct your mission.
The massive force, which covers the entire universe, turns out to be highly aggressive alien space pirates.
Headquarters issues an order to you, who is determined to fight to protect the planets: “While supporting planetary colonization, exterminate the enemy and return to Earth (base).”
In the year 21XX, the long struggle for cosmic supremacy between humanity and the space pirates begins.
Non-Scrolling Single-Screen Combat
Combat takes place on a single screen, and players fight against aliens while freely moving around the screen. As the combat becomes more intense on the screen, the sense of speed and presence increases.
Flashy Support Attacks with Armaments
In addition to the weapons that the player is equipped with, there are armaments that provide support attacks. By installing multiple armaments, the attacks against the aliens become more flashy. Different attacks are possible depending on the type and performance of the armaments, and the scene of explosions, lasers, missiles, etc. flying all over the screen is characteristic.
There are also elements that allow you to sweep the enemies in a satisfying way by raising your own ability values and weapon ability values. This allows you to enjoy more efficient and smooth gameplay.
Beautiful 3D Graphics
The graphics, which are finely crafted down to the details such as background with depth, lighting, and effects, have become beautiful and powerful visuals.
- Non-scrolling single-screen combat.
- Flashy support attacks with various armaments.
- Beautiful 3D graphics.
- Upgrading abilities of soldiers, firearms, and craft weapons.
- Stage generation system that changes the appearance pattern of planets and enemies every time you play.
- Shooting game that incorporates retro feeling with modern visuals and systems.
XALADIA is the first self-published release from the developers of Tenchu, Way of the Samurai, AKIBA’S TRIP, and the Octopath Traveler series.
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.