Thirteen years since its return on the Nintendo Wii and decades after its original release on Sega Mega Drive, Gleylancer is preparing to make its comeback.
Ratalaika Games, an indie publisher, has announced the digital re-release of a classic throwback shooter from the famous Sega Genesis. Gleylancer, originally developed by Masaya, will be released this month by Ratalaika Games for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
A classic shooter returns
Greylancer, as previously stated, was a Japanese exclusive released for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) in 1992. It later had its global debut in 2008 on the Wii Virtual Console. With ongoing nostalgic fan and community requests for its debut on modern platforms, this version – with upgrades such as additional accessibility features and translations for the cutscenes – is finally ready for release.
Lucia, a 16-year-old Earth Federation star fighter pilot, is the protagonist of the narrative. In the year 2025, a battle breaks out between humanity and an unknown extraterrestrial race. Ken, Lucia’s father, a high-ranking admiral in the Federation Navy, is kidnapped after his ship is warped out of the fighting zone with four alien modules that can teleport.
After learning of her father’s abduction, Lucia resolves to hijack the prototype fighter CSH-01-XA “GleyLancer” with the aid of her friend Teim and go after him.
The game retains its traditional and deep space shoot ’em up gameplay, but with enhanced modes that include accessibility features and modern controls. Despite its adaptation to contemporary consoles, Gleylancer seeks to win over not just saga aficionados, but also new players with the classic 16-bit that was so popular on Sega consoles in the 1990s.
Gleylancer will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 15, 2021.