As far as upcoming games are concerned in relation to 2019 the announcement regarding the release of R-Type Final 2 is something that caught many people by surprise a few days ago. Initially, the announcement of R-Type Final 2 was seen as an April Fools joke that had many people skeptical on whether or not is was really going to happen. In fact, we have not seen a major R-Type installment since the 2000’s when R-Type Final 1 was released for the PlayStation 2 back in ’03. But then again we did get to see R-Type Tactics for the PSP back in ’07. Also, we got to see R-Type Dimensions which was released for consoles such as the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 back in ’09. By the early 00’s the R-Type series had already declined in popularity seeing that 2D side scrolling shoot em up genre of gaming had started to slowly go downhill following early 90’s.
Despite, the decline of the side scrolling shoot em up genre for over the past decade R-Type Final 2 will definitely be an attraction to retro gamers who have been fans of the R-Type series since the late 80’s. R-Type Final 2 is a title that is at least fifteen years in the making; with stunning 2.5D visuals and gameplay it has the potential to be the most popular shoot em up game of 2019-2020. Based on what we know a crowdfunding campaign for R-Type Final 2 is expected to begin in May 2019 and the development for the game will be lead by Granzella. Along with the resurrection of the Streets of Rage series with upcoming release of SOR 4 it looks like R-Type series could also be revived as well depending how successful Final 2 becomes in the future.