The shmup sequel
Hamster has revealed the next title in their Arcade Archives lineup, and it’s the 1998 classic, Darius II. The title will arrive on Switch Oct. 5th, 2023 and will be priced at $8.
Darius II is set in the inner half of the Solar System, and has the same branching level structure as Darius. Similar to the first Darius game, Darius II was programmed for multiple screens; while a three-screen version like the original exists, Darius II is more commonly and generally represented as a two-screen game.
Darius II takes place sometime after the first Darius game. The colonized planet Darius is recuperating from its invasion from the alien Belser Army thanks to that game’s heroes Proco and Tiat. Darius’ inhabitants have since situated themselves on the planet Olga while Darius’ societies, architecture and attacked areas were being repaired. The space flight Headquarters established on Olga picks up an SOS signal coming from Earth, where the first colonists originated before colonizing Darius. The signal included the description of alien ships similar to those of the Belser Army. Suspecting that these might be their remaining Earthling ancestors, the people of Darius sends both Proco Jr. and Tiat Young to help them. (h/t Wiki)