Microsoft made a presentation earlier today to the Japanese gaming press regarding their upcoming Arcade titles. Chief among those presented was Treasure's Radiant Silvergun
, a remake of the Sega Saturn classic. Treasure CEO Masato Maegawa introduced the press to the revamped Radiant Silvergun
and explained some of the new features we can expect when it debuts later this year.
With vastly different graphical capabilities of the Sega Saturn and Xbox 360, it was an engineering challenge to replicate the Sega Saturn's graphics. The original Radiant Silvergun
used many Saturn-specific techniques to achieve its high graphical quality which were nearly impossible to reproduce on the Xbox 360. Eventually, the team at Treasure cracked the code and will be presenting Radiant Silvergun
with both a "Hi-Res" Xbox 360 mode and a "Lo-Res" Sega Saturn mode.
Online co-op play for two players is being introduced with the move to the Xbox 360, alongside the standard online leaderboards. Players will have the ability to download replays from the online leaderboards and can fast-forward the action, but will not be able to rewind.
The most interesting feature being added to Radiant Silvergun
is the "Ikaruga" mode. This mode allows you to play using the chain-combo system from another of Treasure's beloved titles, Ikaruga
. In order to unlock "Ikaruga" mode, you need at least one achievement unlocked from the XBLA version of Ikaruga
. Radiant Silvergun
is due out this Summer, though Microsoft has yet to confirm a release date. It will be available for 1200 MSP.