R-Type Final 2 got an airing at Tokyo Game Show today, and it's undoubtedly a very real, very playable prospect. What a time to be alive!
A crowdfunding campaign was kicked off earlier this year by Granzella - a team of veterans of the series and from original developer Irem - and met its targets soon after. And now, mere months later, a playable demo has been captured offscreen by Famitsu (and subsequently picked up by Gematsu) and kindly uploaded so the rest of us can no longer have any doubts that R-Type Final 2 is actually happening.
And it looks great, keeping to the more sedate pace of classic R-Type while adding in a level of visual splendour and technical clout that's new to the series. I'm somehow even more excited than before, and lord knows was I excited then.
R-Type Final 2 is scheduled for release towards the end of next year, with Xbox One, Switch, PS4 and PC the current target platforms.