R-Type Final 2 is on its way and it's looking mighty funky

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Upgrade. Evolve. Destroy.

It feels like we’ve been talking about it forever, but Granzella’s love letter to one of the most inspiring shmups of all-time is nearly cleared for take-off. Publisher NIS America has released a new gameplay trailer, ahead of R-Type Final 2‘s April 30 launch on PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.

R-Type Final 2 is a celebration of Irem’s iconic interstellar arcade blaster – a re-imagined compendium of vessels, mechanics, bosses, and stages, (not to mention its arsenal of impressive weaponry), cherry-picked from the series’ storied history. As showcased in the video below, players will be able to choose from one of a selection of R-9 fighters, before blasting into battle with the Bydo Empire, upgrading and tweaking the ship en route into a devastating intergalactic fighter. Even the pilot will have customization options!

The new sequel will marry impressive contemporary visuals and effects to the classic R-Type gameplay that has proven such a hit with shmup fans over the decades, with adaptive difficulty keeping the challenge in each player’s respective sweet spot. Additional gameplay modes and online leaderboards will ensure the R-Type faithful will have plenty of reason to keep taking to the stars for another round of galactic mayhem. It’s looking pretty slick, that’s for sure, and I can’t wait to try it out.