"The Original Assassin Returns"
Capcom have announced that Strider Hiryu will return in an all-new title for PC, PS4, Xbox One and current-gen consoles.
Remaining true to its roots, Strider features the same franchise hallmarks of fluid, lightning quick combat and ground-breaking free-flowing traversal that inspired many of today’s third person action titles. Strider further builds upon this pedigree by endowing the player with a vastly expanded arsenal of moves and weapons to acquire and use, while slicing their way through a massive, interconnected and rich game world.
The year is Meio: 048, on an alternate dystopian future of Earth. The whole planet suffers under the oppressive, iron-fisted rule of the mysterious and omnipotent Grand Master Meio. An expert in sabotage and assassination, Hiryu is the youngest ever recruit to attain a Special A-Class in the hellish Strider training program, and is the only man capable of achieving the mission to eliminate Grand Master Meio.
Perform breakneck acrobatic jumps and mid-air flips while slicing through enemies with Hiryu’s indestructible ‘Cypher’, a plasma charged weapon that can take on a number of properties. Alternatively, use the climb sickle to gain the high ground, and hit them with a surprise Kunai attack, or call on support companions for some extra muscle when the going gets tough.
Strider will offer a variety of enemies to brutalise, including cybernetic soldiers and immense bio-mechanical creatures. Players will need to make full advantage of their arsenal of various weapons, items and skills to gain the upper hand. The addition of plasma cypher variations and ranged weapons, such as the Kunai, will apparently provide further depth to combat.
This sounds great, but at the risk of sounding pessimistic and reactionary, I should point out that Double Helix Game have incredibly mediocre past form - including the terrifyingly awful Battleship and Green Lantern. The last time they handled a classic IP, they cocked it up royally with Front Mission Evolved. Hopefully they'll make good with Killer Instinct and Strider... hopefully.