Asura The Striker
Image: LeftOver

It's not every day that a new Space Harrier-inspired rail shooter crosses our radar, so when one does it's typically a good reason to get excited. And that's precisely what we did earlier today when we came across this incredible post from the Japanese website Game's Talk with a video of studio LeftOver's upcoming Steam game Asura The Striker.

The video shows the game's female protagonist, a humanoid battle robot named Asuka, fighting off a swarm of enemy aliens and robots while travelling across a set of picturesque environments like deserts, meadows, and vast stretches of ocean. Like Space Harrier, the game is presented from a third-person perspective, but instead of featuring pixel art and sprite-scaling, it instead uses 3D models similar to the approach taken in the PS2 Space Harrier remake and Yu Suzuki's 2022 Apple Arcade game Air Twister.

The game is coming to Steam later this year, but thanks to Game's Talk's post, it already seems to have attracted quite a lot of attention online, with many expressing their excitement and wanting to know more about the title.

Unfortunately, there's not much other information to share at this point, with the developers instead letting videos and gifs do most of the talking. But if you want to, you can currently wishlist the game to keep up to date with when it releases.

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