Strike Suit Zero, a Kickstarter-funded space combat game, is making the jump from PC to PlayStation 4 with a Director's Cut release in March.
The game, from independent Born Ready Games, is a single-player-only narrative that pushes players from level to level in various spacecraft and the Strike Suit, a mechanized armor that will wash Zone of the Enders fans in nostalgic bliss.
Here's a story synopsis from the game's official website:
"In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages on. In a bid to save Earth from destruction, you must take control of the Strike Suit – a revolutionary fighter craft with the ability to transform into a lethal suit of space armor. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dog-fighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos.
Discover a colorful and vibrant universe, with an epic story where the fate of Earth hangs in the balance and your actions will determine the outcome: preventing Earth’s destruction is your immediate concern but preserving its future is your ultimate goal."
To that end, you'll take on enemy fighters and capital ships alike. Critical reception of Strike Suit Zero has been all over the board, with some hailing its intense action and gorgeous vistas as making space combat relevant again, and others decrying gameplay repetition and difficulty or a poorly delivered narrative.
That said, the Director's Cut coming to PS4 brings with it some bonuses that could turn heads. A restructured campaign (with new dialogue and narrative beats) grants access to the Strike Suit much more quickly, graphics have been improved across the board, and "a year's worth" of comments and criticism from fans and critics has been addressed, making this "the definitive version of the game." There's also free DLC, including two additional Strike Suits and the Heroes of the Fleet mission pack--all for $19.99 / £14.99.
Our own Michael Martin says the soundtrack is amazing, so I'm going to give it a listen right after re-watching the trailer below.
What do you think? Does space combat on Sony's new console sound like your cup of gaming tea? Give us your take in the comments.