Natsume and Natsume Atari today announced Wild Guns: Reloaded, a new version of the classic arcade shooter for PlayStation 4. The original title was unique in that it played like an arcade shooter, with your character looking into the world, but it also had your characters onscreen, meaning you had to dodge and avoid enemy gunfire. Think of it as an entire game patterned off of Contra's odd horizontal scrolling stages.
"Wild Guns was an instant cult classic when it launched a little over 20 years ago, and fans have continued to love the franchise on Nintendo platforms over the years," said Natsume CEO Hiro Maekawa. "We're very excited to be working with Natsume Atari Inc. and the original development team to bring the game to the PlayStation 4 audience."
"With our 30th anniversary this year, it's the perfect time to revisit one of our classic and most beloved titles," added Natsume Atari CEO Takashi Matsumoto. "The original programmer, designer, and sound creator of Wild Guns are excited to have an opportunity to revisit their game many years later, and bring it to a modern Sony audience."
Wild Guns Reloaded features the game's original characters, Clint and Annie, plus two new protagonists for four-player coop action. All the classic stages will be included alongside some brand-new stages, with new bosses.
If you're confused by the Natsume and Natsume Atari thing, here's the skinny. Natsume Company Ltd originally had an American publishing division named Natsume Inc in California. That division broke off into its own company. Then the Japanese Natsume Co Ltd merged with its slot machine and pinball subsidiary Atari to form Natsume Atari. Natsume Inc eventually established its own Japanese subsidiary, leading to Natsume Inc USA and Natsume Inc Japan. Natsume Atari did Godzilla for PlayStation 4, while Natsume Inc released Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories on Android and iOS. Same name, different logos, different companies.