A retro-inspired local multiplayer battling game, Stardust Vanguards from Team Zanrai is coming to PlayStation 4 on January 19, 2016 in North America, with a European launch simply scheduled for January 2016.
Featuring two- to four-player couch multiplayer, Stardust Vanguards sees you taking control of military leaders as they enter giant robots armed with an energy sword and an auto-targeting machine gun with limited ammo. Depending on your fighting style, you can jump right into the battle, or play defensively by reflecting bullets.
Director Jason Koohi explained how the one-hit death combat works:
Arcade action is the name of the game as you’re rewarded for skillful attacking and precision dodging as you weave through bullets. You’ll die in only one hit so every move counts. The twist on this formula is that we’ve added a reinforcement system. For every enemy you take out, you’ll earn RP (reinforcement points) which you can then use to summon allied NPC squadrons to help you out in the battle. You’ll even earn RP every second just for staying alive. The more RP you earn, the bigger and badder your summoned allies will become.
With battles potentially seeing close to 100 computer-controlled units fighting at the same time, there’s also a random event system. These include space pirates launching surprise attacks on the players (the pirates can win the match if you aren’t careful), transport convoys that let you restock ammo, and more.