Gunvein (shoot ’em up) to send Switch owners straight into bullet hell next week

After Gunlord X in 2019 and Razion EX in 2021, NGDEV are back with another shoot ’em up on Nintendo Switch: Gunvein. This Danmaku/Bullet hell-style game will launch on May 11th in Europe and North America for 19.95€ / £17.95 / $19.95.

Here’s a trailer so you can see how intense the shooting experience can get in Gunvein:

The game features three game modes (along with online leaderboards and practice tools):

  • Standard/Console Mode

A mode which provides a satisfying level of challenge for those who don’t seek out 1 credit clears or high scores. Balanced checkpoints & a shop system which makes sure that no restart is wasted. No practice modes required, learn by playing!

  • Arcade Mode

See how far you can get with a limited stock of lives & no continues! Alternatively, take advantage of the Freeplay Mode to relax or practice!

  • Roguelike Arrange Mode

Test your reflexes & decision making in procedurally generated versions of the game’s 5 stages! Carefully designed to capture the intensity, smooth flow/pacing and encounter variety of hand crafted stages.

Gunvein has 3 playable characters, each with their own playstyle:

  • Riko
    • [Ship: Bagon]
    • [Weapon: Homing Lasers]
    • Riko uses the overwhelming speed and power of the Bagon ship to dance around shots and rhythmically destroy enemies.
  • Miko
    • [Ship: Damul]
    • [Weapon: Lock-On Drones]
    • Damul’s strength lies in its vast coverage, safety & efficiency. Enemies can be hit from anywhere on the screen, giving Miko full control over how much danger she is in.
  • Lizzy
    • [Ship: Gunex]
    • [Weapon: Charged Energy Blast]
    • Piloting a highly experimental ship Gunex, the young prodigy relies on planning ahead & prediction to set up bomb blasts that catch enemies by surprise.

Finally, here’s some more details and some screenshots:

Gunvein is a dynamic, aggression-based bullet hell shoot em up where you use lock on lasers, charged weapons, bombs & hypers to overwhelm the enemies before they overwhelm you.

Gunvein is an intense, dynamic bullet hell STG inspired by the arcade masterpieces of CAVE, Taito and Raizing/8ing.

Screen domination is vital – use your lock-ons & charged energy blasts to overwhelm enemies before they overwhelm you.

Aggressive play is rewarded with resources that can be used to temporarily power up your shot, or to unleash a devastating screen clearing Bomb. Use this to create destructive feedback loops!
Score isn’t merely a number – the points you accrue come back to you as extra lives & currency for the game’s shop system.

Gunvein (Switch – eShop) comes out on May 11th in Europe and North America.

Source: NGDV PR (04/05/2023) / Nintendo (North America) / Nintendo (Europe)


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