The radio silence on upcoming Dreamcast shooter, Neo XYX has finally been shattered. The hotly anticipated new release by NG:Dev.Team, the company behind Fast Striker (2011), Gun Lord (2012), Last Hope : Pink Bullets (2009) & Last Hope (2007) is set to be released in December 2012. The company has been adding improvements to the game in the time between the first look video and present day and as such they have added full animation to everything that moves within the game, also a new 16-bit inspired intro has been added to the game.
The developers announced their release slate yesterday with all their upcoming Neo Geo and Dreamcast software in the statement below :
“[NGDEV] Newsletter Q3/2013
we got a lot request recently about our yet to be delivered products.
Here is an overview:
*** NEO XYX / NEO Zaikuso MVS ***
There was radio silence about this for a long time, sorry for that. We should have done a newsletter earlier. But we worked hard on the game in the meantime. Besides heavily working on the game play aspects, we also used the last 4 month to double the amount of graphic details in the game. Like a real NEOGEO game deserves everything that moves is now fully animated.
We raised the MEGS count from initial 202 to 264 MEGS. The current version is way way better then what we showed in the last trailer.
The graphic artist is currently designing a 16 bit style short but sweet intro.
After this intro is finished we go into final beta testing and then in production. Production takes around 14 days.
The PCBs and shockboxes are already on stock, the wood shells will arrive within the next 7 days. Most of the printing material is already finished too.
We will be able to announce the release date in October and show a new trailer.
*** NEO XYX Dreamcast ***
As usual we will start porting after we shipped the MVS version to make sure the DC version gets the latest updates. As we are highly experience with porting it will be relative fast done.
The goal is here to ship in December.
*** Gunlord NEO GEO AES ***
Our source for the snapcases is confident to have them in latest 4 weeks. According to him they are still hold in Canadian customs (production was done in overseas) but the deal to get them is closed soon.
We will then ship them ASAP with inserts to you.
*** Fast Striker NEO GEO AES ***
Production for Fast Striker AES starts as soon as we have confirmation of the snapcases.
It takes 6 weeks to ship the first carts then.
*** Reprints MVS ***
Shipping of all reprints is done after Fast Striker AES was shipped.
Our goal is to wrap this all up in 2013.
*** The future ***
We will try to handle these things better in the future and start pre orders more close to the shipping date.
There will be always cases where this does not work though. If we have an idea to improve the game vastly late in development we will pursue it. Like we did with NEO XYX. The quality of the final product is more important to us than early shipping.
Big companies can solve these situations by throwing money at it, but we can’t. We throw time at it
NG : DEV . TEAM”
Dreamcast Today will report more on the game as we move closer to the release date. In the meantime, the game can be pre-ordered here :