R-Type Final 2 is real and very much not a joke

Finally.

Apologies for being slow to this - it's partly because I still can't believe it's real. Some 16 years after the last proper game, an R-Type has been announced, courtesy of Granzella - a developer composed of various alumni of Irem, the developer behind the original and much-loved side-scrolling shmup series.

R-Type Final 2 is, as its somewhat contradictory name suggests, a sequel to the 2003 PlayStation 2 game that gave the series a beautiful, elegiac send-off. It still stands as a high point for the genre, and is also the subject of one of my favourite pieces we've ever published on Eurogamer.

The announcement is the first part of what looks like a fairly long process, with crowdfunding to get the project fully off the ground kicking off next month, and with PlayStation 4 the first target platform.

The really confusing thing, though? The announcement was made on April Fool's Day in Japan, and seeing as Irem was once renowned for its elaborate April Fool's pranks - such as the Irem burger and the announcement of a life-sized R9 ship - it was hard to take at face value. Granzella has since come out and insisted it's genuine, so let's see what the crowdfunding campaign brings in May. And meanwhile, can someone get development of Gradius 6 back up and running?

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (76)

About the author

Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson

Features and Reviews Editor

Martin is Eurogamer's features and reviews editor. He has a Gradius 2 arcade board and likes to play racing games with special boots and gloves on.

Related

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remaster launches tomorrow

UPDATE: Activision finally confirms - and announces PS4 timed exclusivity.

Long-running Official Xbox Magazine shuts down

Future bosses say they've taken pay cuts to reduce lay-offs.

FeatureAs Riot bids to take on Blizzard and Valve, the studio faces challenges of its own making

"There are no limits" co-founder Marc Merrill tells us, as a new world order emerges.

Someone's built the entire Earth in Minecraft - to scale

And he wants your help to add buildings.

You may also enjoy...

Comments (76)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading