I may not read Japanese, but I know what 2008 means. It means Omega Five has been quietly delayed. Hudson's Japanese site now lists the game for "early" 2008. But with December fast approaching, it may be only 5 or 6 weeks away.
But any delay is painful, and so I end my post here. Services will be held for the old November release date (as told by IGN) in the comments section.
The team behind the upcoming shmup Omega Five have released a new video featuring the third unlockable character in the game. His name is Sensei and he has a powerful melee attack. In a shooter. Melee attack in a shooter. Repeating it apparently isn't making it easier for me to understand but maybe the video will help all of you.
I'm also including the official trailer after the break (just in case you have yet to see it).
Gamasutra has an interview with Hudson's Daisuke Sato about making Omega Five for Xbox Live Arcade. The interesting part of the interview isn't the team is composed of members of the original teams that developed Wild Guns (SNES) and Dead Moon (Turbo Grafx 16) or that the game will see a simultaneous world wide release. Nope. It's that this game that is extremely fun is an Xbox 360 exclusive (at least for now). With such a small team developing the title, they do not have the resources to port the title over to Playstation 3. Don't get your fanboy bragging rights up to soon though as later in the interview it is mentioned that Natsume is having Hudson publish this game due to it's ability to put the title on multiple platforms.
IGN helps us get to know a character that goes by "Tempest" in a short character preview of XBLA's upcoming scrolling shooter Omega Five. And they hint at a release date.
Honestly though, all they really needed to tell me about Tempest is that he has four arms and shoots lava and molten metal. He shoots acid too? Okay, why not? Sounds like a death dealing machine to me.
Up to this point we've only really seen a female protagonist but apparently there are more characters and each one provides a different feel and weapon loadout. Variety is the spice of shooters after all.
But most important of all, at the bottom of the preview they proclaim that Omega Five should arrive in November. Any marking of calendars out there?
I still can't get over the fact that Natsume (aka "The House That Harvest Moon Built") is making this game. Really? There's no weeding or petting of animals in this one?
Not only do they get to play games filled with exiting, extending, shooting, more shooting, and even trigger hearts (whatever those are), but they decided to post up their impressions just to rub it in my face. That's right. To spite me. Specifically.
Continuing the flow of media out of Microsoft's pre-Tokyo Game Show announcements comes these screens for Omega Five.
Omega Five, if you will remember, is the side-scrolling 2D shooter with 3D elements from Hudson Entertainment (Bomberman Live!) and Natsume (Harvest Moon series). The game looks to be shaping up nicely. Let's hope the control issues have been ironed out.
After taking a peek below tell me: anyone more interested now? Less?
[Update]: 1UP's preview of the game indicates the single-stick controls have been ditched for the now typical dual-stick controls. But then they have other issues with the game. Thanks, lastof7.
Here's an old screen:
And here are the new ones (notice the few visual changes since last we saw the game):
A little while ago, we broke a story about the upcoming Natsume developed shooter Omega Five. And up until now, our only impression of the game was from a couple screens and some bad machine translation. Well that has all changed. We finally have a better picture of what Omega Five is all about thanks to a hands-on preview at Joystiq.
In the game you control a flying, gun-wielding ninja pitted against a massive army of robotic combatants. Don't think that this ninja's blade skills will go unused -- there will also be a way to execute sword attacks. If that doesn't sound bizarre enough for you, movement and aiming (which can move independently) are both controlled by a single thumbstick.
...how in the...?
Yup, both are controlled with a single thumbstick, but the controls are still being modified and tweaked. Zack Stern (of Joystiq) even admits that the controls were a little troublesome. Let's hope Natsume and Hudson iron those issues out before release. The game will follow Bomberman Live! as Hudson's next XBLA offering so don't expect it anytime very soon.
Looks like Hudson has more than just Bomberman Live! up their collective sleeves. Xbox Gazette broke a story (in French) on the upcoming Natsume (you know, the Harvest Moon devs) developed, Hudson published Omega Five.
There are a bunch of images of the game at the site so check 'em out. It seems to be a side-scrolling 2D style shooter but with 3D elements. Machine translation of the page is pretty rough, but apparently the hook of the game will be enemies emerging from the 3D background and not just from the top and bottom of the screen like most side-scrolling shooters.
Based on the images available it looks like the game is close to completion but we never can tell. (I said the same thing about Mutant Storm Empire six months ago...) The article states it will likely cost 800 MS Points.
[via Xbox Gazette]