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Check out the Cruelty Squad creator’s next project

Ville Kallio, creator of cult FPS hit Cruelty Squad, has posted updates on the progress of his next game, an as-yet-untitled shoot-’em-up that’s heavily reminiscent of the 2001 classic. Ikaruga.

The project appears to have moved past basic programming and preparatory work for implementing backgrounds, player sprite, projectiles, and UI. You take control of a fighter jet and have full movement around a portrait-oriented playfield, with the HUD and semi-static art on the right and left sides of the screen. Kallio has yet to implement the game’s enemies and is instead focused on creating base art and simple mechanics so far.

Despite Cruelty Squad’s genre shift, Kallio’s distinctive style still shines through, especially in the art that sits on either side of the screen. You can see a character with a partially implemented text box on the right, possibly a friendly NPC or mission control, and the left half of the screen features what appears to be your fighter’s dashboard, with some sort of gameplay-aware reload or accelerator mechanism.

Kallio has made a lot of progress on the game over the past month, but it’s unclear when the project will release or how complex it will be. In his first tweet on the game, Kallio indicated that it would be a deliberately simple project to become familiar with the Raylib programming library. Still, it’s exciting to see the creator of one of 2021’s most notable games already showcasing what’s to come, and I can’t wait to see his take on a different genre.

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