'90s-Style Shoot-'em-Up Xydonia Launches Kickstarter Campaign

A new horizontal arcade-style shoot-'em-up by the name of Xydonia has announced the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. Described as "a love letter to the Japanese arcade classics of the '90s," the game has recently reached the alpha stage of development, and Italian indie studio Breaking Bytes is looking for an extra push to help the game be as good as it can be.

With the team claiming inspiration from games such as R-Type, Gradius and Darius, the game certainly looks the part, showing off an early screen filter that emulates the scanlines and blending effects seen on old CRT monitors. Another promising highlight is the soundtrack, which will exclusively utilize the YM2151+PCM chipset, a classic combination found in countless games from the golden age of arcades. On top of that, the game will also feature music from legendary Japanese composers Shinji Hosoe and Keishi Yonao. Most importantly, the team apparently has more than a simple A-to-B shooter in mind, promising multiple paths through levels, player ship customization and upgrades, and an option for two player co-op.

Xydonia is the latest development in what would appear to be a modern-day shoot-'em-up renaissance. With many quality shooting games finally making their way onto digital PC marketplaces, it appears to be a great time to be a fan of the genre.

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