Contra fans are a bit spoiled right now. Konami recently released the M2-developed Contra Anniversary Collection and announced a new entry in the franchise, Contra: Rogue Corps, coming this September. If that’s not enough, or you don’t dig the vibe of the isometric 3D view of Rogue Corps, there’s also Blazing Chrome, a tribute to the 16-bit era of Contra.
Blazing Chrome is being developed by JoyMasher, a Brazilian studio that specializes in retro-inspired games like Oniken (in the vein of Strider and Ninja Gaiden) and Odallus: The Dark Call (in the vein of Demon’s Crest and Castlevania). Blazing Chrome’s inspiration is clear; it’s steeped in gameplay and visuals from Contra 3: The Alien Wars and Contra: Hard Corps.
JoyMasher announced a release date for Blazing Chrome on Monday: July 11, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The studio also revealed two secret characters — “Suhaila, a razor girl with a robotic arm [and] the skilled and deadly ninja Raijin” — who join previously announced run-and-gunners Mavra, the resistance soldier, and Doyle, a rebellious robot.