Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs To Ride To More Platforms

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Back in September, a studio named Firebrand announced that they were developing a Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game for the Nintendo 3DS and iPhone. This game is now also coming to the Wii, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The iPhone appears to have been removed from the list of targeted platforms.

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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is being designed as an on-rails shooter for release in 2012. The game will feature the anime series’ original voice cast — though we aren’t sure if this pertains to both the German and English versions — and the soundtrack will be based off the original as well. Here’s a storyboard prototype video:



Unsurprisingly, Firebrand haven’t managed to find a publisher for Saber Rider so far; the game is being developed using crowdfunding. With the help of fan donations in exchange for prizes, Firebrand have managed to accumulate around €15,500 for their development fund, from 153 donators.


Interestingly, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs started out on the GBA in 2005. It then moved to the Nintendo DS in 2006, before Firebrand finally settled on the current platforms. Here’s a look at some older assets from the game’s Facebook page:


GBA – Alpha version (2005):


Early Nintendo DS assets (2006):


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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.