1950’s Sci-Fi Inspired SHMUP Squadron 51 Announced for 2021 Launch on Windows PC and Consoles

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Defend Earth from an All-Out Alien Invasion in this 2D-Hybrid Shooter from Assemble Entertainment and WhisperGames 

Wiesbaden, Germany (January 14, 2021) – Prepare your battlestations; alien annihilation is on the horizon! Assemble Entertainment and China-based publishing partner WhisperGames have today announced the very first title to be published as a result of the intergalactic alliance: Squadron 51. This dimension-bending shoot-‘em-up features 2D action in a world of deep 3D environments and is inspired by 1950s sci-fi icons such as War of the Worlds, Godzilla, and Dr. Strangelove. Squadron 51 is developed by Loomiarts and will launch its attack on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam later this year. 

Play as Lieutenant Kaya, a leading force in the rebel cause, and face the unrelenting hostile alien aircraft, martian fighters, and monsters, all in the glorious black-and-white of the 1950s! The future of the Earth is in the hands of Squadron 51!

“We’re huge fans of classic sci-fi horror and we jumped at the opportunity to co-publish Squadron 51 with our partner WhisperGames,” said Assemble Entertainment CEO Stefan Marcinek. “Squadron 51 has found a loving home among Assemble Entertainment’s other award-winning titles known for their charming eccentricity. Fans of all genres will appreciate this delightfully original SHMUP.”  

Watch the Squadron 51 announcement trailer here: 

Warning! Extraterrestrials from outer space have arrived on our planet, bringing promises of a bright new future for the earthlings. However, this otherworldly partnership soon reveals a darker side as the VEGA Corporation, the alien enterprise led by the hideous Director Zarog, is imposing its predatory politics on the human race. In the midst of this oppression, the rebel group Squadron 51 rises as a response against the violent acts committed by these vile beings. Will the brave pilots of Squadron 51 and their aircraft stand a chance against Zarog’s diabolic fleet of flying saucers?

Key Features Include: 

  • SHMUP Yeah!: Enjoy classic shoot-’em-up gameplay with four unique aircraft that can be customized with special weapons
  • Cinematic Experience: Marvelous black-and-white aesthetics, live-action FMV sequences, and dubbed voices will tell the story of the battle between Squadron 51 and Director Zarog’s alien fleet
  • 11 Ways to Save the World: Fight against enemy ships and bosses in 11 different environments – snowy mountains, forests, cityscapes, and more
  • Rookie Pilots Supported: Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran flying ace, Squadron 51 supports dynamic difficulty that allows every pilot to enjoy the alien extermination
  • Ducks Fly Together!: Fighting an alien horde is more fun with a squadmate! A second player can enter a level at any time — earn points with a co-op player and unlock together new special weapons and upgrades

To learn more about Squadron 51 and add the game to your wishlist, visit the official Steam store page here. Squadron 51 will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam later in 2021. For more on the game and the development team, visit the official site at http://loomiarts.com, and for more information on how you can help the rebellion fight off this extraterrestrial invasion head over to the Kickstarter page.

To keep up to date with Squadron 51’s plan of attack, follow Assemble Entertainment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and join the community on Discord

About Assemble Entertainment
 
Based in Wiesbaden, Germany, Assemble Entertainment is an independent games developer and publisher, best known for Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, the latest installment in the humorously naughty point-and-click adventure saga, and the multi-award-winning Endzone – A World Apart, that challenges players to survive and thrive following an environmental apocalypse. Assemble Entertainment also organizes GermanDevDays, an annual conference that attracts more than 1,100 attendees from across the German-speaking video game development industry. 
 
About WhisperGames
 
Founded in 2015, WhisperGames is a global video game publisher based in Xiamen, China. They provide multi-language text and audio localization services (including in-house voice-over recording), PR, marketing, community support, maintenance, legal services, and more. WhisperGames have developed strong partnerships in over 20 countries and has provided customized publishing and localization solutions for over 100 video games.  

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