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Aksys Games to Publish Throwback 2D Fighting Game Blazing Strike

Publisher Aksys Games has announced they’re publishing RareBreed Makes Games’ throwback 2D fighting game Blazing Strike for PC, Switch, PS4, and PS5.

While the game attempted a Kickstarter campaign back in 2019, it appears that was unsuccessful so the game is finally getting release via new publisher Aksys Games. Blazing Strike is set for a spring 2022 release across the aforementioned platforms.

“As the interest in fighting games continues to grow, we’re excited to see a title that explores new ideas in fun and creative ways while tipping its hat to grandfathers of the genre,” said Akibo Shieh, founder and CEO of Aksys Games.

“I was always fond of classic fighting games and I wanted to make a fun fighting game with an emphasis on mobility,” said Mark Chung, founder of RareBreed Makes Games. “Our goal is to create an homage to the classic pixel art-based 2D fighters, but with updated game mechanics that not only will bring nostalgia to 90’s arcade kids but will offer something new and entertaining to all gamers, regardless of whether they have played fighting games before.”

Here’s a trailer from the game’s previous Kickstarter campaign:

Here’s a brief rundown on the game:

Inspired by classic arcade fighting game series from industry greats such as Capcom and SNK, Blazing Strike evokes the excitement and nostalgia of 2D pixel art genre pioneers while incorporating a unique games system with modern mechanics.

Blazing Strike features a 4-button system with six normal attacks: light, medium and heavy punches and kicks, as well as three defense moves: block, guard and parry. A Rush Trigger enables fighters to execute fast-paced attacks and movements, but using it will slowly drain the Rush Meter, sending the character into a temporary groggy state. This allows players to execute exciting combos while having to manage the Rush Meter. The game will include three play modes: Story Mode, Arcade Mode and VS Mode, with training, sparring and online match via Persona AI, and online play powered by GGPO.

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