Scolling shoot-em-up Xenoraid is heading to Vita.

The game doesn’t have a concrete release date, but is listed as 2016 on developer 10tons PlayStation Blog post.

Xenoraid aims to use different mechanics, however, that aren’t normally found in the genre. Producer Jaakko Maaniemi explains:

“When we had the aiming mechanics down, we took a hard look at shooting. It dawned on us pretty quickly that in order to make shooting matter, squeezing the trigger had to be a conscious decision. This, almost by itself, gives a cease fire a role to play as well.

“After trying a couple of things around these ideas, a weapon overheat system was born. This means that in Xenoraid you can spray and pray, but you won’t be able to do that for very long. Constantly blasting will overheat your guns, and they’ll lock down for several seconds to cool down. This instills a sense of pressure on the player to actually aim a bit, to hit and destroy the intended targets instead of keeping the trigger down and counting on hitting something eventually.

“The weapon overheat mechanic also works beautifully with the third major idea we wanted to incorporate. In Xenoraid the player goes on missions with four starfighters, and gets to switch between them at will. Having guns locked due to overheat is a great reason to switch in a fresh fighter. Other valid reasons include being on the verge of being destroyed due to taking too much punishment, or needing to bring in the big guns of another fighter to take down an enemy miniboss.”

For more news on when Xenoraid releases, keep it tuned to The Vita Lounge.

  • Buckybuckster

    Looks kinda interesting. Will have to keep an eye out for more info as it breaks.