If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good shmup, and my favorite is one that many consider to be the best– Ikaruga. The classic shmup was developed by legendary (and possibly insane) game company, Treasure, and has called many platforms its home, including arcades, the Dreamcast, and ultimately, Xbox Live Arcade.
Now a listing for the fan favorite shmup has just turned up on Steam Greenlight from Treasure itself and they’re looking for the go-ahead from the community to bring what appears to be the HD version from XBLA to Steam, marking the game’s PC debut.
Listed on the Greenlight page are many features that were found in the 360 version, including the ability to play on a vertical screen, local two-player co-op, and even controlling two ships on one controller (for you subterranean chameleon folk out there).
If you’ve never played Ikaruga before, definitely give this game a look. With its gameplay that’s based on puzzle solving and learning, it’s a fantastic primer to the shmup genre for many, and if it makes it all the way to Steam, its legacy can continue to live on into the next generation of gamers.