Time Crisis
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Fresh trademark applications filed by Bandai Namco have hinted that the publisher could be looking to revive its light gun series Time Crisis.

The applications cover Time Crisis and Steel Gunner, with the latter being a light gun coin-op which pre-dates the former. Time Crisis is perhaps the most notable of the two, however. The series began life in 1995 with the original game, which was unique in that the cabinet featured a pedal which allowed players to duck into cover and reload. The game was ported to the Sony PlayStation the following year, alongside Namco's Gun-Con accessory.

Time Crisis II would follow in 1998, and is arguably one of the most popular entries in the series. Time Crisis 3 (2002), Time Crisis 4 (2006) and Time Crisis 5 (2015) complete the arcade instalments, with Crisis Zone (1999) and Razing Storm (2009) being released as spin-offs from the main series. Other spin-offs include Time Crisis: Project Titan on the original PlayStation, and smartphone offerings Time Crisis Strike and Time Crisis 2nd Strike. There hasn't been a Time Crisis release since the fifth game.

The trademark filings, spotted by VGC, relate to "recorded computer game software" and services such as "providing online video games" and "a computer game that may be accessed network-wide by network users via computers."

[source videogameschronicle.com]