Ultratron, the spiritual successor to classic 1980s arcade game Robotron 2084, will be coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on May 12, according to IGN, and the Wii U eShop on May 14, as per Nintendo Life.
Ultratron is a top-down twin-stick shooter, featuring classic arcade-style graphics in clear homage to the arcade machines of yesteryear — machines that many of PlayStation’s aging core demographic still remember fondly (or not, depending how much of their college fund said machines walked away with.)
The developer, Puppy Games, is an independent studio from the U.K., best known for RTS Revenge of the Titans, which was featured in the second Humble Bundle and describe their style as “neo-retro arcade games.” Their catalogue also includes Droid Assault and Titan Attacks, retro games in a similar style to Ultratron, although only Titan Attacks and now Ultratron are available on PlayStation. Both are available as cross-buys for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Puppy Games, naturally, offered a description of Ultratron on their website.
“Unique retro-futuristic sound and graphics, player responsive difficulty, and a subtle system of tactics combined with classic gameplay make Ultratron a fun and hypnotic arcade blast.
The last human has been slain by evil killer robots. You are the one remaining humanoid battle droid. Your mission: avenge the human race!
Blast your way through 40+ glowing neon levels, avoiding Chasers, Turrets, Spawners, Minelayers, bombs, and bullets, and take on the four giant boss ‘bots of the Apocalypse – Ieiunitas, Bellum, Lues and Letum!
Boost your battledroid with ever more powerful weaponry, destroy Spiderbots to gain extra special weapon abilities and field defence and pet drones to help you along.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be the best? Compete on the online hiscores table for the ultimate glory!”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, so-called “spiritual successors” are big business these days. Many of the companies that made classic games have gone defunct and intellectual property rights have wandered far from their original holders (and often for big money, even if the new owner never intends to use them), but many of the developers and fans are still part of the community, making and playing games and ready to open their wallet to support series and genres that have fallen by the wayside, often through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter.
Ultratron will be available May 12 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita as a cross-system purchase and the Wii U eShop on May 14 at a price of $9.99/€9.99/£7.99. Watch the trailer below:
[Image courtesy Puppy Games]