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What the hell, Metal Slug is coming back as a tactics game

Dotemu, the indie publisher behind classic '90s game revivals like Streets of Rage 4, is back with a game I sure as hell didn't see coming: Metal Slug Tactics. The game, revealed at the Summer Game Fest today, is described on Steam as "a dynamic tactical RPG with roguelike elements."

Metal Slug Tactics is an isometric strategy game with pixel art that makes me very happy to look at. It's not quite as ludicrously detailed and flashy as the Metal Slug arcade games of old, perhaps, but it still has a lot of character. Call it a bouncier Advance Wars.

Here's the pitch from the Steam page: 

"Experience the iconic dynamic battles of the METAL SLUG series with a brand new perspective. Build up your adrenaline bar to unlock super attacks and use them wisely. Gain some precious war experience after each battle and unlock weapons or bonus perks to upgrade your team’s firepower."

Some other details:

• Mission layouts are procedurally generated

• Metal Slug bosses are coming back

• Returning characters include Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma

There's currently no release date for Metal Slug Tactics.

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When he's not 50 hours into a JRPG or an opaque ASCII roguelike, Wes is probably playing the hottest games of three years ago. He oversees features, seeking out personal stories from PC gaming's niche communities. 50% pizza by volume.