CAVE has a new shmup they are testing in Japan, called Red Sword (or Red Katana if you want to make it sound cool). It’s not surprising news that Cave has a new shooter coming to arcades – it’s all they do really -but strangely this has attracted some attention on some mainstream gaming blogs, despite the fact that Cave shooters stick to the Japanese market (sans console releases to platforms like XBLA) and their games aren’t terribly accessible to many players today. The attention certainly isn’t a bad thing, it’s simply good example of how useful creating a fanbase for a company can be when it comes to promoting new games in the blogosphere.
Here’s a trailer for the game that makes no sense unless you understand Japanese. No footage from the game being played yet; this site has a brief description of how the game works, it will be a horizontal shooter with selectable characters, where each character has their own unique attacks. Red Sword will be released late summer/early fall.