Since first launching on itch.io as part of this year’s MechJam, the independent arcade-style shooter Cyber Lancer received a strong reception. In fact, out of all the entries in the third MechJam competition, the game received three awards. It won in the categories of Best Visuals, Best Audio, and even Best Overall game.
As a result of Cyber Lancer’s success, lead developer Ian Williams announced that a full version of the Virtual-On-inspired title will launch on Steam. The updated version of the game will expand the current version to include more content including local co-op. The new split-screen mode will allow up to four players to gear up and blast through the enemy waves.
Suit up in your favorite mech suit and blast through enemies in Cyber Lancer
Taking heavy inspiration from the SEGA Saturn classic Virtual-On, Cyber Lancer is an indie arcade-shooter that lets you gear up in hyper-advanced mechanized assault suit as you blast through waves of enemies. Throughout the game, players will enjoy a progression system that lets you purchase and upgrade more powerful weapons to shoot toward your foes. You can also check out the gameplay for yourself below.
The game masterfully pays homage to the visuals of the Saturn classic through its authentic graphics, mech-suit models, HUD and locations. The nostalgic love letter is amplified by its addictive arcade-style gameplay that rewards the player for making it through ever-more difficult waves.
Independent game developer Ian Williams headed the small team responsible for Cyber Lancer. Along with Williams, solo developers Modus Interactive and Warkus collaborated on its development. In addition, Viktor Kraus provided the music, and Pokop Pokopson contributed the voice acting.
You can play Cyber Lancer for free now on itch.io. In addition, a fully expanded version of the game will later become available on Steam. You can wishlist the game now, as well as learn more information, here.
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