What in hot hell is this? Konami made an announcement during E3 2019’s big Nintendo Direct earlier today: a grim-looking twin-stick shooter named Contra: Rogue Corps. Due out on 26th September for the PlayStation 4, the reimagining will supposedly “instil more than 25 years of franchise pedigree” into a $39.99 package. It looks beyond horrendous.
As demonstrated in the trailer, the release will feature four playable characters, including Hungry Beast – a former scientist who’s “had his brain inserted into a giant cyborg panda and now spends most of his time looking for delicious snacks”. There’ll be online co-op for up to four players, as well as competitive multiplayer. Oh, and there’ll be local play as well.
Unfortunately, it looks like a hot mess – a kind of spiritual successor to Dynamite Cop on the Dreamcast, and we don’t mean that in a good way. Thankfully you’ll be able to get your classic Contra fix with the Contra Anniversary Collection, which launched on the PS4 earlier today. Thank the retro gaming gods, eh?