Capcom is bringing back the original assassin, the guy no one likes playing on Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and the one character that helped Capcom make a name for themselves during the side-scrolling ninja wars with Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden... I'm talking about Strider.

Capcom sent out the announcement along with a couple of trailers, showcasing the game's side-scrolling goodness and Strider's hack and slash abilities.

Unlike a lot of other reboots that take the classic brand and tries to re-imagine them as some other game – sort of like 2K's first attempt at bringing back X-Com as that first-person shooter – Capcom has decided to stay true to Strider's roots and give gamers an enhanced side-scrolling game with next-generation graphics and all the latest and greatest in visual enhancements and upgrades.

The game sports a lot of fast-paced action, just like the earlier games from years ago, requiring players to be wary of both their health and the fight that's happening right in front of them.

According to the Capcom press release...
From cybernetic soldiers to immense bio-mechanical creatures, Strider’s varied enemy types guarantee unique and engaging combat challenges that will see players quickly utilizing their various weapons, items and skills to gain the upper hand. The addition of plasma cypher variations and ranged weapons, such as the Kunai, provide further depth to combat.

Also, everyone's favorite fighting game developer will be working – or rather, has been working on the game and will polish it up for a nice crisp, clean launch on current generation consoles and next-generation platforms. Double Helix is bringing their expertise to the table and despite getting booed at because of the Microsoft Xbox One at EVO 2013, I'm sure gamers aren't holding a grudge against them.

So far, Strider looks like it'll be a good sub-game for new audiences and old-school gamers alike to get into. The platforming is fast, the action is fast and the graphics are good enough to hold interest. You can check out an extended gameplay clip of the upcoming title below, featuring more than seven full minutes of Strider doing what he does best. New-school gamers might see a semblance to games like Mark of the Ninja and Shadow Complex, which could easily help them get attuned to the gameplay style of Strider.

The game is set for release as a digital download in early 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and for PC. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official Capcom website.

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