It’s been 24 years since the original release of the arcade classic Metal Slug. Fast forward to 2020, and we now have a brand new Metal Slug game coming to your mobile devices, and it’s called… uh… well, Metal Slug: Code J for now. (It’s a placeholder name).
Metal Slug Series
This popular series of run and gun games set the benchmark for 2D graphical gaming back in 1996, when it was released for SNK’s Neo Geo console. It’s well known for its comedical approach to a “war” based theme (Alien ships, and Martians included). The series revolves around four quintessential characters:
Marco Rossi / Tarma Roving / Eri Kasamoto / Fiolina “Fio” Germi
There were more characters involved:
Nadia Cassel / Trevor Spacey / Walter Ryan / Tyra Elson
Some King of Fighters characters as well:
Ralf Jones / Clark Still / Leona Heidern
And did you know, there’s even MORE!
Roberto Nicola (Universal Metal Slug and Tank Conspiracy)
Nathalie Neo (Metal Slug Team Mission, Metal Slug Fighters and Universal Metal Slug: Fierce Battle)
Alisa Stewart (Metal Slug Fighters and Universal Metal Slug: Triumph)
Metal Slug: Code J
The latest installment to the series has not received it’s actual name yet, but it does have a placeholder; Metal Slug: Code J. The game is being developed by TiMi Studios, and published by Tencent and SNK Playmore. Graphically, it looks like the game is implementing a more 3D touch to it, as opposed to the already familiar 2D graphics. Moreover from the trailer above, it looks fantastic!
Tencent has been on a roll recently, with a teased Pokemon Unite last week, and now this. While there are no actual “confirmed” dates yet, what is known so far is that Metal Slug: Code J will be released this year. Will this be Metal Slug 2020? We’ll have to wait and find out. Meantime, while waiting for it to arrive, have you tried the other entries in the series? Or even their ports for the Nintendo Switch or for PlayStation 4?
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