City Connection is bringing Taito's arcade classic Elevator Action Returns to modern systems, it has been announced.
The game is coming to PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Series S/X, Switch and Steam as part of the 'S-Tribute' series, a range of Sega Saturn classics which have been revived for modern-day platforms. The collection also includes Layer Section and Cleopatra Fortune.
Released in arcades in 1994, Elevator Action Returns is the sequel to the 1983 smash hit Elevator Action. As was the case with that title, players can use elevators to move between floors – but in Elevator Action Returns there's much more variety, and you're often fighting through levels which move horizontally rather than vertically.
The coin-op was released at a time when one-on-one fighters dominated arcades and didn't achieve anywhere near the level of fame as its predecessor; it was only ported to the Sega Saturn in Japan, and this version now commands high prices on the secondary market.
City Connection's update will include some 'quality of life' features, such as a rewind function, slow-motion, save states, unlimited credits, a scanline feature, the ability to select your stage and other options. It will also include the 1983 original as a bonus.
Elevator Action Returns releases on Thursday, December 1st, 2022. The Steam release date is currently listed as 30th November 2022.
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