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RETRO SHMUP ‘IRO HERO’ BLASTS OFF ON SWITCH JUNE 7TH
Pre-orders begin on the Nintendo eShop May 31st for $12.99 / €12.99 / £11.69
Hong Kong - May 31, 2018 – Independent developer and publisher, Eastasiasoft Limited, alongside development partner, Artax Games, today announced that its retro-inspired vertical-scrolling shmup Iro Hero will launch worldwide June 7th on Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders will go live on the Nintendo eShop May 31st for $12.99 / €12.99 / £11.69 / ¥1480.
Iro Hero merges the old school pixelated aesthetic of arcade classics with modern gameplay sensibilities such as complex enemy AI, polarity mechanics, and mind-bending puzzle elements. Players will have to shift polarities to avoid color-coded hazards, balance an array of unlockable skills, and make use of reflective surfaces and color areas if they’re to make it through Iro Hero’s 9 action-packed stages intact.
Iro Hero’s story is set in the year 2306, a century after humans learned how to harness their energy to produce electricity. In the intervening years, nefarious enterprises have turned this gift into a curse, with humans reduced to little more than batteries. Following the death of his mother, a teenager named Iro learns that he may be the key to mankind’s freedom.
“Iro Hero takes what I love about classic shmups like Ikaruga and adds a whole new dimension of strategy and complexity,” said Artax Games Lead Game Designer Jesús Luengo Rico. “I’m thrilled to finally let players discover the tight gameplay of Iro Hero.”
- A four-color polarity system, emphasizing risk vs reward gameplay where you charge up your powers in matching colors.
- Discover an exciting story that takes place across 9 action-packed levels.
- Encounter 10 different types of enemies with more than one hundred different behaviors.
- Defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcades.
- Unlock special skills, offering many creative and strategic options.
- Acquire upgrades to increase the firepower and capabilities of your spaceship.
- Rise to the top of the online leaderboards.
Visit the Iro Hero website: http://www.irohero.com
Follow Iro Hero on Twitter: @ArtaxGames
Like Iro Hero on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtaxGames
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For more on Artax Games check out: http://www.artaxgames.com
Eastasiasoft Limited is an independent, Hong Kong–based developer and publisher of interactive entertainment specializing in video games and related media. Founded in 2007, eastasiasoft has published a diverse variety of titles in digital and physical format. Eastasiasoft is a licensed PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One publisher. Some of eastasiasoft’s recently licensed and published games are Ghost Blade HD, Reverie, Rainbow Moon, and the Söldner-X franchise.
About Artax Games
Based in Madrid, Spain, Artax Games is an independent company that specializes in video game and VR development. Since its inception in 2016, Artax Games has collaborated with NBC Universal to release a mobile app based on its Ruff Ruff Tweet & Dave TV series. Its debut commercial release, the retro-inspired vertical-scrolling shmup, Iro Hero, will launch worldwide June 7th on Nintendo Switch.
Iro Hero has been rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Please visit www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
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