The fallout from E3 is still in effect. Siliconera brings us their impressions on the Astro Boy video game, set for release this fall from D3 Publisher and based on the upcoming animated film by Imagi. There is some clarification on how the different ground and air modes will play like, and confirmation that the classic GameBoy Advance game "Astro Boy: Omega Factor" is in an influence on this new game. Some light is shed on the 2 player mode as well.
Here are the highlights.
“Omega Factor was a big influence,” a developer explained. He also cited Ikaruga and Einhander as other games that the team examined when planning Astro Boy: The Video Game. In the air Astro blasts mechs with his finger laser. On the ground Astro has his butt machine gun. I mostly saw the sky stages where enemies flew at Astro in patterns that reminded me of Gradius.
D3’s game also has a cooperative two player mode. Instead of making player two Uran or Astro’s doofus brother Cobalt, both players control Astro. So, I guess one player gets Astro’s long lost clone brother.
So, by the sounds of this, it looks like there will be two Astros in this game. It's probably best not to think about the logistics of that.
Read "D3’s Astro Boy Game Inspired By Omega Factor" on Siliconera.
In other news, D3 Publisher now has a small Astro Boy section on their website.