With all of the bad news out there right now, all good news is welcome. We’ve already covered just how much change has come to the arcade scene thanks to the Exa-Arcadia company and their EXA Board platform, and that’s continuing as they sign bigger names to bring content to the platform. That in turn means more new games for arcades.
This summer will see a return of a very well-known name, a company that got started on the coin-op side and helped truly establish the bullet hell genre. Having started with Don-pachi in 1995, CAVE released many notable games in the coin-op format, but that ended with DoDonPachi Saidaioujou in 2012. The company has released content to consoles & PC since then, so they’ve still be around.
Now CAVE has announced that they are officially supporting the EXA, with an updated release of Dodonpachi Saidaioujou, which carries the “EXA Label” subtitle for now. Not much info is available on this now, apart from this line: “Scheduled to be released in Summer 2020, stay tuned for more information regarding new game modes and features that will continue the high level of operator revenue performance set by the exA-Arcadia platform.” Part of that revenue performance that they are referring to is that Aka & Blue Type-R reached the #3 spot for earnings in Japan. Thirst for STGs is still very strong there, and with a name like CAVE & DoDonPachi, I imagine that this will prove to be a popular release. I am curious to see what demand would be like in the US and Europe…
I’ve already seen some STG fans really excited about this news – what is your take on it?