Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki unveils Space-Harrier-like shooter Air Twister


Yu Suzuki – the legendary designer behind the likes of Sega classics Shenmue, Virtua Fighter, and Outrun, and Space Harrier – has unveiled new 3D shooter Air Twister, which is making its way to Apple Arcade on 24th June.

Air Twister is a fantasy “swipe” shooter – developed by Shenmue 3 studio YS Net – that asks players, in the role of Princess Arch, to battle invaders and save their planet from destruction using their trusty homing arrows.

There’s a definite Space Harrier vibe to the whole thing – with a touch of Panzer Dragoon thrown in when our plucky lead takes to the skies on the back of a giant swan – and, according to an interview attended by GameSpot, Air Twister is based on a fantasy shooting game Yu Suzuki envisaged in the 80s, before adapting the idea into Space Harrier due to the technical limitations of the time.

Air Twister – Reveal Trailer.

“This is my ideal fantasy shooting game,” Yu Suzuki told attendees. “I think when you play it, you will see it has a much different feel.”

Air Twister promises 20 enemies and 10 unique bosses across its 12 stages, alongside new modes (unlocklable by collecting stars) and ranked leaderboards. It’ll also be possible to plug in a gamepad for a more “arcade-like” experience if you want an alternative to the touch controls.

Air Twister will be available via the Apple Arcade subscription service starting 24th June.

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