Guntech 2 is a return of the good old “cave flyer” shoot ’em ups genre. It’s a twin-stick shooter influenced by such classics as Thrust, Oids, Geometry Wars, and Asteroids. For me, it’s a return to my roots as a game developer. I’ve made games for almost 30 years, mostly for big studios in roles like lead programmer or project manager, but it all started with a prequel to this very game when I was a kid in high school, still living with my parents.
After a couple of decades as a professional game developer, there was a time when I decided to settle down, start a family, and do something much more boring than making games. Then one day my kids found out that their dad used to make games before they were born. For them, that was like finding out their dad had been a rock star!
I didn’t want to be a has-been, so that was enough of a spark to bring me back to game development. I decided to start with something I know and create a sequel to my very first game: a game that has been 30 years in the making! It took me a total of four years to get to this point, but finally, Guntech 2 is ready.
Guntech 2 is the sequel to Utopos, a game I made in the early 90s. It was released for Atari in 1993. Guntech was the name of a sequel I had in the works that was never completed—until now. Computers back then were rudimentary, so now that I have this game running on Xbox Series X, 4k resolution at 60 fps, you can think of it as the way it was always meant to be.
When I develop a game, I put a lot of emphasis on visuals and gameplay. I play with lights, shadows, and colors to create the atmosphere. There’s an amazing number of projectiles flying through space, each of which is a light source, and nearly every light casts a shadow. Every detail of the way every enemy explodes is something I have carefully balanced until it feels just right.
Guntech 2 takes you on an adventure across the asteroid belt. You’re in control of a rocket ship in hostile space where enemies lurk behind every rock. You have five different worlds to explore, and a long list of missions to complete. My favorite world is one where the solar system is facing a terrible virus that is a threat to all humanity. To save the world, you’ll need to go after the viruses (which in the game are rocket-ship-sized monsters), destroy the labs that the monster viruses come from, and ultimately fight the gigantic virus boss.
Along the way, you’ll encounter dozens of different space aliens. Each world ends with a truly epic boss. What does a space dragon sound like? One of the joys of being an indie developer is that if you have an idea and you want to put a dragon in space, there’s nobody to stop you. The enemies and bosses you encounter are truly special!
One of my goals in creating Guntech 2 has been to make a game that is fun for everyone, young and old gamers alike. This game should appeal to those who remember the early gaming years and like retro games, but it should also be fun for younger audiences who may not have been born when games like this were a big thing.
I have to thank my four kids, aged 6 to 14 years old, for supporting me in this goal. Handling a twin-stick shooter proved to be kind of challenging for the 6-year-old, so I ended up adding a 4-player co-op multiplayer mode. In the co-op mode, you can choose the difficulty for each player separately, so now the younger kids can join in with the easy difficulty and enjoy unlimited lives and stronger shields, while the more experienced players face the challenges of normal or hard mode. This works perfectly and is a lot of fun.
We’ve had so many great moments with the kids exploring the space together! What’s more, this has inspired my kids to become game developers as well, so they’re now all learning how to code, doing art, and building their first own game. One day, we’ll make a game together!
If you love shoot ‘em ups, I made this game for you. Join the fun and play it today!
Utopos Space Station was the new hope for humans. It failed. Never underestimate human greed. Your job is to clean up the mess. Fight alien life forms, rescue scientists, deliver vaccines to combat a deadly pandemic.
Guntech 2 is an ultimate retro-style shoot’em up based in space. Some would call it a cave-flyer. Whatever you call it, one thing is for sure – the game is packed full of non-stop action, loads of weapons and big explosions!
Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming
Creators of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and more join Team Xbox
As a team, we are on a mission to extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. We all know that gaming is the most vibrant and dynamic form of entertainment worldwide and we’ve experienced the power of social connection and friendship that gaming makes possible.
As we pursue that mission, it is incredibly exciting to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard.
Over many decades, the studios and teams that make up Activision Blizzard have earned vast wellsprings of joy and respect from billions of people all over the world. We are incredibly excited to have the chance to work with the amazing, talented, dedicated people across Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team across Activision Blizzard.
Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming.
Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.
The fantastic franchises across Activision Blizzard will also accelerate our plans for Cloud Gaming, allowing more people in more places around the world to participate in the Xbox community using phones, tablets, laptops and other devices you already own. Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward.
As a company, Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players. We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We’re looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard.
Around the world, there is no more exciting venue for fun and connection than video games. And there has never been a better time to play than right now. As we extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone, we look forward to welcoming all of our friends at Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming.
Next Week on Xbox: January 17 to 21
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature, we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released [email protected] games! You can get more details on these games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!
Nobody Saves the World – January 18 – Xbox Game Pass ● PC Game Pass ● Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Available on day one with Game Pass. When the ancient Calamity re-awakens, who can save the world? Nobody! (That’s you, you’re Nobody.) Master the art of transformation to become a Slug, Ghost, Dragon, and more. Combine your forms to create powerful hybrids and defeat the forces of evil. Join a friend for online co-op and save the world together! Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Dysmantle – January 19 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
As you ascend from your shelter after many years, a brave new old world awaits you. A world inhabited with nasty and vile creatures. A world with no other human soul to be seen. A world with nature in reigns now. You need to find a way to escape the wretched island… But before that, enjoy the bittersweet apocalypse.
Blackwind – January 20 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
A top-down sci-fi action game that puts you in the shoes of a teenager trapped inside a prototype battle armor suit during an alien invasion. Face off against enemies, cut through their ranks, and fight back to stop a planetary invasion.
The Mountain awaits. Face complex, tricky courses as you make your way further and further down the mountain’s slopes. Are you fast enough? Are you skilled enough? There’s only one way to find out.
New 5×5, 15×15, and 20×20 puzzles have been added along with the puzzles from the smartphone app Hatsune Miku Logic Paint – Mikuogi –. Use the numbers to the top and left to fill in the squares and complete the image and clear the stages to collect artwork of Miku and friends.
Available on day one with Game Pass. This dog photography game puts your love for pups to the test. As you take better photos, you’ll unlock new breeds, camera lenses, chew toys, and accessories to dress up dogs with. Don’t just pet and play fetch – save your memories of those very good boys and girls on film. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
RPGolf Legends – January 20 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Join forces with the spirit of a golf club and embark on a fantastic action-golfing adventure to save golf in the world! Travel around in a unique open world where monsters and golf coexist, get your best scores in 6 unique environments, and beat monsters!
Rise of the Third Power is a retro-themed, console-style roleplaying game, loosely based on the political climate of Europe in the late 1930s. The story takes place in the land of Rin during the height of the Age of Sail, following the events that would lead to the greatest war in human history.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction – January 20 – Xbox Game Pass ● PC Game Pass ● Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Available on day one with Game Pass. A tactical 1 to 3 player co-op PvE FPS where you’ll unite the elite Operators from Rainbow Six Siege against a deadly alien threat known as the Archaens. Assemble your team, coordinate your assault, and risk everything to make sure that no one gets left behind! Pre-order now for the bonus pack, Orbital Decay Bundle. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Available on day one with Game Pass. The best flying disc game of all time is back! With amazing hand-drawn graphics, crazy new moves, gameplay mechanics and awesome new characters and stages, Windjammers 2 is the sequel you’ve been dreaming of. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Welcome to the futuristic anti-gravity arcade racer with a twist. Racing competition takes place on tunnel tracks for super-fast 360-degree Zero G racing where skill and precision piloting are required to follow the optimum line, along with strategic use of pickups, powerups, and weapons to progress through the race series.
The sinister Dr. Voo Doom has kidnapped the Princess of Ririland and incited a civil war! It’s up to repairman extraordinaire, Jack, and his boomerang hat to save her and restore peace! Jump through 20+ huge levels, collecting crystals, stars and more!
A game where two elemental friends overcome obstacles to return to their island. Push boxes, use electricity to connect objects, break ice blocks, blow things up, and more in this cute and colorful game!
Is demand for ads on streaming services declining?
Searchmetrics’ CMO Talks Enterprise Volatility, SEO Careers & CWVs
CORE Branding with Jeff J Hunter and Trisha Leconte [VIDEO]
Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming
Google Still Says Do Not Use Commas, Brackets Or Other Non Standard URL Encoding For Faceted Navigation
How to Make the Most of AI Writing Tools, According to Bloggers
What To Focus On This Year
Good morning: The goal is relevance
Should You Disavow Links From Spammy Yet High Authority Sites?
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Asset Management
WordPress 5.9 to Introduce Language Switcher on Login Screen
14 Top Reasons Why Google Isn’t Indexing Your Site
20 Tips and Best Practices
Pages That Look Like Error Pages Can Be Considered Soft 404s By Google
Here’s How Meta Is Changing Facebook Ads Targeting For 2022
17 Actionable Content Marketing Tips for 2022
Are Nofollow Links a Google Ranking Factor?
Critical Vulnerabilities in All in One SEO Plugin Affects Millions of WordPress Websites …
10 Things You Need To Know To Be Successful
How To Help Google Rank Products With Duplicate Descriptions
SEARCHENGINES3 days ago
Google Versatile Text Ads Are Responsive Search Ads?
MARKETING5 days ago
5 Social Media Strategies that Boost Your SEO
SEARCHENGINES4 days ago
Microsoft Bing Testing Related Searches On Left Side Bar
SEO2 days ago
Are Local Citations (NAP) A Google Ranking Factor?
SEO2 days ago
Is It A Ranking Factor?
SEO5 days ago
5 Competitor Analysis Tools You Should Be Using
SEARCHENGINES6 days ago
Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On January 11, 2022 (Unconfirmed)
SEARCHENGINES4 days ago
Google 1/11 Search Algorithm Update, Manual Actions Delayed, Core Update Specifics & Microsoft Bing IndexNow News