Metal Slug is coming back as a tactics game with ‘roguelike elements’

Metal Slug is returning as a grid-based tactical role-playing video game with “roguelike elements,” publisher Dotemu revealed throughout Geoff Keighley’s Summertime Video game Fest. It’s called Metal Slug Strategies, and a release date was not revealed. Gamers can currently wishlist the video game on Windows PC by means of Steam.

The trailer, which we’ve embedded above, looks enjoyable as heck — it keeps the pixel-based art and high-energy gameplay, altering gameplay from its initial run-and-gun design and making it a more tactical title.

Here’s the pitch directly from Dotemu:

Metal Slug Strategies reunites Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma as they lead the Peregrine Falcon Team into a brand-new battleground through vibrant, tactical battle. Gamers wield traditional Metal Slug weapons, leveraging ability trees, benefits, and an incredibly attack-fueling adrenaline system to outsmart and destroy flanks of the series’ signature bad guys.

Metal Slug Strategies’ tough objectives construct levels from various mixes of handmade surface tiles, keeping fight designs unforeseeable and guaranteeing clashes are won through computed method instead of memorization. Roguelite aspects make objectives extremely replayable and success feel really made, however ought to a shrewd team or fiendish employer stand firm, rounds fast to leap back into.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.