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Beloved franchise Metal Slug returns with a tactical twist

During Summer Games Fest, Dotemu revealed Metal Slug Tactics, a revival of the Metal Slug franchise. The game is developed by Leikir Studio, and it features returning series favorites Marco, Eri, Fio and Tarma. The reveal trailer bursts with energy, style, and action. Watch it below.

Metal Slug Tactics - Reveal trailer

Maintaining the decidedly 80s feel and look of the series, the game opts for a tactical approach to its gameplay. Rather than allowing free movement and shoot-em-up gameplay, this entry sports turn based combat reminiscent of the XCOM games. It offers dynamic scenarios and allows players to wield iconic Metal Slug gear and weapons while also making skill trees, perks, and an adrenaline system work to their advantage.

Metal Slug Tactics’ challenging missions build levels from different combinations of hand-crafted terrain tiles, keeping battle layouts unpredictable and ensuring clashes are won through calculated strategy rather than memorization. Roguelite elements make missions highly replayable and victories feel truly earned, but should a cunning squad or fiendish boss persevere, rounds are quick to jump back into.
Paired with gorgeous pixel art and fluid animation which faithfully channels the series’ timeless aesthetic, Metal Slug Tactics is a natural extension of METAL SLUG’s beloved visuals. Each mission’s heated battle is energized through original music by Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania, League of Legends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, and Streets of Rage 4’s Mr. X Nightmare DLC among other titles). Metal Slug Tactics is both a respectful homage to an all-time classic and an imaginative new way to celebrate the renowned series.

Metal Slug Tactics does not have a release window yet, but it is now available to wishlist on Steam.

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