R-Type evolves from a shmup to a tactics game

By Spencer . May 23, 2007 . 4:46am

IceAmp sent over a scan (thanks!) of a new R-Type game for the PSP and it’s not sticking to the series shmup roots. Instead Irem is reinventing the wheel by bringing R-Type into the simulation genre with R-Type Tactics. It looks like the game is played on a hex grid instead of flying your ship in outer space. While the genre change is unexpected, Irem kept the living “force” weapons, a staple of the R-Type series in R-Type Tactics. Irem might be on to something with R-Type Tactics. They can capitalize on their strongest franchise and sell it to a new audience who might not play the classic shmup games. On the other hand they may alienate their hardcore fan base who are used to their 2D shmups. I think there aren’t enough SRPGs set in outer space so I’m willing to give this a try. What about you?


Update: Veilknight sent us a tip (thanks!!) that IGN has some extra details on R-Type Tactics like how it sticks to the side scrolling shmup perspective.



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  • M’Buma

    Why not. They will probably do something like Star Fox Command. I would still prefer a good old R-Type game.

  • John

    Didn’t Irem say that they had already lowered the casket that was R-Type into the ground, performed the last rites, said a few words, and buried it? I understand that this is technically different, but also technically still an R-Type. I doubted Irem, personally, and I figured it wouldn’t be too long until something else came along. >_______

  • Veilknight

    This is not too similar to Cosmic Wars, a SRPG based on the Gradius universe by Konami in 1989. The game was later followed up with Paro Wars, this time based on Parodius, released in 1997 for the Playstation.

    It really isn’t the first time a shmup series has gone the way of a turned-based strategy title, but the word still isn’t out yet on how R-Type Tactics will play. We’ll only know for sure on that number once Irem uploads some videos of the game in action.

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