Metal Slug Tactics is XCOM merged with arcade pixel shooting action


The ’90s arcade classic makes a surprise return at Summer Game Fest 2021 showcase. The Metal Slug franchise is returning for Metal Slug Tactics, a new turn-based title based on the run-and-gun shoot-em-up hit.

Taking the pixel-art anime style of the original series, and mixing it with the grid-based, isometric tactical gameplay of the likes of XCOM, it’s set to be released on PC, with no word yet on a console version.

With cover-based shooting, vehicular power-ups, and the series’ trademark humorous violence, it looks like a sharp-edged not-too-serious take on the turn-based strategy genre.

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For fans of games like XCOM, it’s been a solid few years. As well as the excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 and XCOM: Chimera Squad, the likes of Wargroove and Pathway are keeping the genre alive. Now all we need is Advance Wars Sequel for Nintendo Switch and we are ready.

As for Metal Slug, it will be the first brand new title in the franchise (not including re-releases and anthologies) since 2009’s Metal Slug XX.

We’ll have all the news straight from Summer Game Fest 2021 and E3 2021 on Nerdshala, so stay tuned for more news.

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