Indie developer Zakichi has announced that its Compile-inspired shooter ZAKESTA-Z will arrive on Steam this month.

ZAKESTA-Z is based on Zakichi's freeware original, ZAKESTA. This new version will include the NORMAL and ZOGEN modes, as well as a new mode called ZUTTOZ, which fixes the difficult level at Z, the highest setting.

ZAKESTA-Z has a visual style similar to that of Compile's classic shmups from the '80s and '90s and boasts six types of sub-weapons.

It launches on January 20th, 2024. You can register your interest on the game's Steam page.