After a long time without new updates, Leikir Studio and Dotemu confirmed that Metal Slug Tactics has been postponed to 2023.
Last year, a surprising revival of a classic franchise was announced as Metal Slug Tactics – a strategy RPG inspired by SNK’s classic 2D action series. While fans were initially surprised that the long-dormant series had switched genres, it didn’t take long for many to get excited about the return of the beloved franchise, especially since the title from Streets of Rage 4 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge from publisher Dotemu. While the game was slated to release later this year, Dotemu has now announced that Metal Slug Tactics has been postponed to 2023.
The Metal Slug series originated as a 2D action game series developed by Nazca Corporation prior to its merger with SNK Corporation in 1996. The series follows a group of soldiers who fend off invasions by military, outsiders. planet and zombies. The game features a run-and-gun combo most recognizable by the intensely detailed pixel art that has defined the series since its inception. Metal Slug Tactics – the first installment in over 13 years, was first announced at the Summer Game Fest Kick-Off in 2021. The game is currently in development at Leikir Studio, a French developer known for its games. play indie like Rogue Lords and Wondershot. In February 2022, the studio was acquired by European publisher Focus Interactive, while publisher Dotemu was also acquired in August 2021.
Metal Slug Tactics’ gameplay was introduced at the Indie World event hosted by Nintendo in August 2021, where the game was confirmed for release on Nintendo Switch and PC. Since this event, Metal Slug Tactics has been very quiet with little to no updates throughout 2022. Today, Dotemu announced alongside new work from the game that Metal Slug Tactics is postponed to 2023. No further release details provided.
Despite the delay of Metal Slug Tactics and the delay of the upcoming Marvel’s Midnight Suns from Firaxis Games announced earlier this week, fans of the strategy RPG series still have a lot to look forward to this year with titles. Games like The DioField Chronicle and Tactics Ogre: Reborn are confirmed for release in 2022. Either way, Metal Slug Tactics is shaping up to be an exciting and refreshing blend of tactical RPG gameplay with sophistication. The visual reality that SNK’s beloved series is famous for, so giving the game more time to launch could be a good thing as the product will be more complete when it comes out.
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