I love videogame culture and feel it’s a medium with loads of potential. I mainly play Nintendo games as well as a lot of retro stuff. Im currently studying for an MSc.
Back at the end of March a new entry in the Shantae series was announced. ‘Shantae 5’ is officially in development for Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC. This is awesome news to fans of the series and fans of the Metroidvania/platforming genres in general. We don’t know much about the game apart from that it’s due to be released this year. Despite this the quality of the previous titles show that it’s worth talking (or writing) about to build some hype.
For those that don’t know, the Shantae series has you playing as the titular female character. You explore Sequin Land and usually save some dopey, but very charming and colourful characters. The games are bright, funny and can be challenging. The series started off on the Game Boy Colour, but as it was released near the end of that consoles life many gamers missed out. It has since had three sequels, and all are great if you like this sort of sidescroller.
Metroid or Zelda?
Shantae borrows a lot from the Zelda games in how you explore dungeons (at least in the original and Pirate’s Curse), collect items, and progress. The second game is titled Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and has a huge jump in terms of graphics. It includes beautiful pixel art and is much More accessible and generally more fun than the original. I’m not going to go through the pros and cons of every game in the series but, to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Half-Genie Hero. Pixel graphics were much more charming and the constant backtracking in the game puts me off somewhat.
So with this new game what do people expect? I personally would like a return to high quality pixel graphics and a focus on dungeons and finding weapons. In other words designing the game like a 2d sidescrolling Zelda. This would be similar to Shantae and the Pirates Curse (which has the best metacritic ranking of the series). Either that or a new art style all together. It’s doubtful whether Shantae 5 will be a full 3d game as if it’s released this year it wouldn’t really have had much time in development. As long as the title is different from the other games or has some sort of gameplay gimmick it should be great.
Short Development Time?
The developer of the Shantae series Wayforward is an expert at making Metroidvania games. Usually these are movie tie-in games like The Mummy: Demastered or Aliens: Infestation. This is partly why the Shantae games are so great! Because they have an accommplished company developing them that knows how to make in that genre. I would honestly even trust Wayforward with Metroid or Castlevania! That’s how much respect I have for them.
So we can expect Shantae 5 by the end of the year. Here’s hoping we get a trailer soon!