In a delightfully retro release trailer, the Hi-Bit Studios’s 198X combines numerous arcade classic genres under one nostalgic roof.
The 198X trailer showcases several examples of games including a beat ‘em up, shoot ‘em up, a racing game, a Ninja Gaiden-esque side-scroller, and an RPG. The themes shown in the trailer all display a unique play style while retaining an overall colourful resemblance.
At the heart of the plot is protagonist, Kid, and their coming of age story. The game begins with Kid discovering a local arcade where the lines between reality and video games start to blur. Hi-Bit describes the title as “a love letter to the golden age of arcade games – yet with a scope that was never possible in the actual 1980s.”
The aesthetics of the title alone are stunning with each glimpse of the different arcade games looking just as polished as the others. The ambitious project will arrive first on PC and PlayStation 4 on June 20, 2019, and later on Switch and Xbox One.