Don’t let the fact that Sega stopped supporting the Dreamcast over a decade ago put you off buying a shiny new game. Redux: Dark Matters, a retro-styled side-scrolling space shooter, has now been released after an unexpectedly lengthy development.
The game, which features six stages with “huge boss enemies” and tons of weapons is available at the Hucast store for €36 ($50). Featuring a soundtrack by Andre Neumann, redux oozes fittingly arcade-style charm.
Indie developer KTX Software in association with the storied NG:DEV.TEAM secured $53,121 in funding for the game via Kickstarter in July 2012. By the time the estimated delivery date December 2012 rolled around, it was clear the team needed more time design the game they wanted to make.
After two years in development, Dreamcast copies of the game are finally being release to 186 Kickstarter backers.
This a further delay to the December 2013 release date announced in September. In an update on the Kickstarter blog, the developers wrote: “At this point we’d like to apologize for the recent lack of communication and for the delays, but we found it was smarter to make the game as polished as possible and not to rush things out. The beta testing phase of Redux was quite time consuming but we think the beta testers did a great job.”
The developer opted to produce only 1,000 copies of the game in hope that one day it will become a collectors’ item — so buy a copy now for a wise investment.
What remains to be seen is the status of the promised iOS, Steam and XBLA versions of the game, outlined on the original Kickstarter. We have reached out to the developer for confirmation of the status of these versions.
NG:DEV.TEAM have only released one game on a current platforms, Fast Striker, having all previous releases exclusive to Dreamcast or Neo Geo. Previous titles include shooters Gunlord and Neo XYX, while their upcoming (Dreamcast-exclusive) title, Ghost Blade, is available for pre-order at the Hucast Store.